I was just reading some old Bubblews articles and came across one that reminded me of a topic that always enrages me. Celebrity pay.
The article was about Beyonce being offered $100 million to be a judge on American Idol. WTF? Seriously? That is disgusting. She sings, it’s not like she’s curing AIDS or cancer or educating children. She’s not doing anything that really matters, why would she deserve that much in her entire life, much less for a single job?
She’s not the first or the only one though. All “athletes” and performers get paid far more than they deserve. I firmly believe that celebrities should have a pay cap. They should not be allowed to make over a certain amount per year. Entertainment providers should not be paid more than disease researchers, nurses, surgeons, teachers, firefighters, police and other people who actually do important things in the world.
One celebrity can make more in a single year than the combined total of a school’s entire staff. How is that right? How do we allow that? What the hell is wrong with society that we aren’t railing against that? We should all be appalled. We should rally to cut celebrity pay. Even more, we should work to have what would have been needlessly thrown at celebrities and sports players given to people with jobs that actually matter.
$100 million could pay about 1666 people a $60,000 salary for a year, or 833 people $60K for two years. That’s a lot of people and a good income. Why should any one celebrity have that much money? Why do we allow teachers and police and crucial people live hand-to-mouth while entertainers and people who play with balls get to have all the money?