How (oh HOW) did we get to the point where we pay celebrities this much money!?!Is the answer simply, "Because they demand it."  Or is there more to it than that.  (And how ironic that one of our...

How (oh HOW) did we get to the point where we pay celebrities this much money!?!

Is the answer simply, "Because they demand it."  Or is there more to it than that.  (And how ironic that one of our friends, a weather forecaster, is on the lowest rung of the pay scale!)

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epic-art-time | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

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Something I’ve learned from watching the HBO show Entourage is that there are many people whose incomes are tied to the celebrity’s income.  A percentage of the money the star makes goes to his or her agent and publicist and manager not to mention the lesser paying jobs of the driver, dietitian, personal trainer, etc.  Also, considering the amount of money the celebrity then pumps into the economy with egregious spending, you could look at the over inflated Hollywood system as a job creator.  It’s just a little strange that the thing all this money is centered around is a person.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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Sociologists have much to say about the way that any given society privileges certain talents or groups of people above others, giving them disproportionate amounts of money. A group that is referred to a lot in the UK is footballers, who receive stupid amounts of money per match they play, whereas cricket players and rugby players receive very little in comparison. It comes down to us as a society and how we privilege certain jobs or trades above others. I remember teaching Sociology and showing my class David Beckham's current annual income, and hearing in response that he works hard for that. But then so do so many people who receive so little. Let's just hope that in some bizarre future the teachers of tomorrow will be treated like the film stars of today!

In India its cricket players who make the most. The new Indian Premier League (IPL) started in the format of sports like football, baseball, etc. has owners of teams spending in the hundreds of million( and I'm talking in terms of dollars).

I've spent some time wondering if it were ever possible for the owners to break even. After all, most of them are successful industrialists and not likely to invest in loss-making activities. And then I read that players in the IPL have the most advertising on their clothes, compared to any other sport.

Back to the original question, anyone wondered why Tiger Woods is (was) the richest sportsman.

Honestly, I've never been to a live show of anyone, neither do I prefer to watch movies in the theatres. If what I do leads to the salaries of celebrities coming down that little bit, so be it. I feel no guilt.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Sociologists have much to say about the way that any given society privileges certain talents or groups of people above others, giving them disproportionate amounts of money. A group that is referred to a lot in the UK is footballers, who receive stupid amounts of money per match they play, whereas cricket players and rugby players receive very little in comparison. It comes down to us as a society and how we privilege certain jobs or trades above others. I remember teaching Sociology and showing my class David Beckham's current annual income, and hearing in response that he works hard for that. But then so do so many people who receive so little. Let's just hope that in some bizarre future the teachers of tomorrow will be treated like the film stars of today!

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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One of my former students (19 years old) just flew from Florida to Los Angeles to see Britney Spears in concert. Needless to say, his parents are wealthy and rarely say no to him. He had a 6th row center ticket (cost of at least $250), stayed in a fancy hotel, partied all night, etc. Total cost: God only knows (probably well in excess of $2000). I guess my answer to your question is that if parents are willing to fork over such outrageous ticket prices for young adults (i.e. won't say "no" to their children's outrageous demands); or, if people are willing to spend such amounts to see a show, then entertainers will only continue to charge higher prices. Long gone are the days of the early '70s, when you could see three top tier rock bands for a $6 ticket price, and everyone--band, promoters and customers--was happy.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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We have to take some of the blame.  In general, society rewards the companies, people, and teams that hire these celebrities by buying their magazines, movie tickets and sports tickets, paying top dollar for them, and then acting like starry eyed kids when we see famous people.  I have a relative in the industry, so I am privy to some things I would rather not know.  Let me tell you, that is one plastic society filled with a lot of plastic people.  Do they deserve millions of bucks?  Nope.  Will they continue getting it?  Yep.  Why?  We're dumb.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Simple supply and demand.  We as a public demand entertainment...sports, movies, music, gossip...so therefore, TV, Music, athletes, and the tabloids are making millions because we are willing to pay $8 bucks a ticket to see a movie or $50 bucks a ticket for a concert. That doesn't even include the t-shirts ($30 at concerts) and all the "stuff" that comes with the Twilight saga, Harry Potter, William and Kate, or _____________________(fill in the blank).  It's a sad commentary on our society, don't you think?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Good question, considering how far out of balance these salaraies have gotten. I'm confident the actors, musicians, athletes, and others who make outrageous sums of money do have to work hard, have some pretty hefty negatives to cope with (as in loss of privacy), and I can hardly blame them for taking the salaries people offer them. The other posters are correct--it's simple supply and demand. If I think about it too much it drives me crazy, but it's a free market and in the end I guess I'd take it, too. What bothers me even more, truthfully, is people who have fairly stress-free jobs, have to spend no time outside of their work hours, and have lots of great benefits who make so much more money than most teachers, social workers, and others whose jobs leech over into their non-work hours. I'm doing what I love, but it ain't right. We live in a world in which money is often an indicator of worth, and it is appalling to me when I think about how little value we place on some very important things.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Our culture reveres celebrities like royalty. We put a high value on entertainment, and even in a recession we spend money on it. How many people cut off their cable when they lose their jobs? It's one of the last things to go. It makes us feel good, and helps us forget our troubles.
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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The answer to your question is a simple matter of supply and demand. As long as the populace are willing to pay for this type entertainment, whether it be movie celebrities, professional athletes (many of whom are little more than street thugs who are good at a particular sport) or musicians, the demand is simply there. People have more leisure time than they did 100 years ago, and need to fill that leisure time in some way. Celebrities fill that need. At such time as the public refuses to pay exhorbitant fees to see movies or sports events, the price will come down. More importantly, when we refuse to sanction misconduct by our athletes--Michael Vick being a prime example--then they will be as accountable as the rest of us. How many teachers would be allowed to continue teaching if they were found guilty of operating a dog fighting operation? The public gets what it is willing to pay for.  As long as the public demands celebrities to that extent, they can demand the big bucks.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It's not that they demand it, it's that we demand it.  If we're willing to pay the prices asked of us to go to the movies or to have ESPN, then we are essentially consenting to the kinds of pay the celebrities get.  If the studios and the pro leagues and such couldn't make money paying their stars the way they do, the stars' income would go down.  But we make it possible because we spend our money and enable the huge salaries the celebrities get.

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adibuddyboy | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

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entertainment industry is today one of the biggest industries in the world. with so much money and popularity involved all the actors have now started to demand so much money. to make a sucessful film nowadays u have to have a good starcast. hence all producers had to just give in to the actors

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