Here is issue No. 8 of the Top 20 issues of celebrities. For the previous article, issues 6 & 7, click here.
8. “Don’t you know who I am? I deserve more” – Ego and entitlement
Although this issue verges on narcissism, it is the direct result of being constantly told by the enablers, the fans and the public just how amazing you are. You also are told you are superior and along with the privileges, the power and the preferential treatment, you conclude that you do deserve better – you become entitled.
Your ego is inflated as the media turns to you for your opinions on topics unrelated to your talent; your opinion is treated as having more value than everyone else’s. Your opinion becomes the ‘voice of a god.’
“Why do you care what the Dixie Chicks say? They’re not political scientists? Stop worshipping celebrities so much.” [Dixie Chicks made negative comments about President George Bush and the war following 2003 invasion of Iraq.] – Dave Chappelle, comedian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7b5hJ0G_9c
“In India, you have to be a guru instead of a pop star. Guru is the pop star of India and pop star is the guru here.” – Yoko Ono, interview with Playboy Magazine, 1981 https://www.recmusicbeatles.com/public/files/bbs/jl_yo.playboy/lennon4.html
“Back when I was still on the soap [‘Home and Away’ in Australia], I became incredibly insecure and full of anxiety because I didn’t know if I was any good. I spent years being angsty, constantly telling people I wasn’t just part of a soap opera, that I was a real artist,” he says. “And I remember Luke [elder brother] sort of snapping, telling me to shut up, that he was sick of hearing it.” – Chris Hemsworth in an interview in 2014 after being named GQ magazine’s most Manliest Man In Hollywood https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/12/16/chris-hemsworth-talks-brother-liam-bad-relationships-had-no-empathy-for-him/
“I remember around September 11, Ja Rule was on MTV. ‘We’ve got Ja Rule on the phone. Let’s see what his thoughts are about this tragedy.’ Who gives a f… about what Ja Rule thinks at a time like this. It’s ridiculous. I don’t want to dance. I am scared to death! I want some answers now that Ja Rule doesn’t have!..I don’t even know why people listen to me.” – Dave Chappelle, comedian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7b5hJ0G_9c
The ego and entitlement lead to one aspect of what I call “The Fame Factor” – delusions of grandeur. Thus, breaking of the rules occurs along with the belief that you are untouchable and can do whatever you want; ‘I am above the law; I can do what I want; don’t you know who I am?’
In 2013, Reese Witherspoon and her husband were pulled over after their car weaved across a lane. Her husband was behind the wheel and he was subjected to a sobriety test. Contrary to the repeated instructions by the police officer, Reese Witherspoon got out of the car.
The arresting officer stated:
“Mrs. Witherspoon asked, ‘Do you know my name?’ I answered, “No, I don’t need to know your name.” I then added, “right now.” Mrs. Witherspoon stated, ‘You’re about to find out who I am.’”
“Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, ‘You are going to be on national news.’ I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”
A few days later, Reese Witherspoon apologized for her words and behavior.
On June 26, 2014, Shia LaBeouf was escorted from a Broadway theater in handcuffs for allegedly yelling obscenities during a performance of “Cabaret.” According to the criminal complaint, a security guard states that when LeBeouf was asked to leave, he refused and screamed “Do you know who the f— I am? Do you know who I am?” Shia LaBeouf was charged with five counts of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment.
“I knew my actions were wrong. But I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have far – didn’t have to go far to find them.” – Tiger Woods, February 19, 2010, apologizing to the world after admitting he cheated on his wife multiple times with multiple women. https://patrickwanis.com/blog/tiger-woods-public-apology-transcript/ Also read https://patrickwanis.com/blog/tiger-woods-the-apology-the-fame-factor/
For the next of the top 20 psychological issues of celebrities, 9 & 10, click here.
Anointed “The Woman Expert” by WGN Chicago, Patrick Wanis PhD is a renowned Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert who developed SRTT therapy (Subconscious Rapid Transformation Technique) and is teaching it to other practitioners. Wanis’ clientele ranges from celebrities and CEOs to housewives and teenagers. CNN, BBC, FOX News, MSNBC & major news outlets worldwide consult Wanis for his expert insights and analysis on sexuality, human behavior and women’s issues. Wanis is the first person ever to do hypnotherapy on national TV – on the Montel Williams show.