My boss once said: “Our society places athletes, movie stars, and reality television people on pedestals. Our way of life treats them as if they change the course of humanity. We glorify individuals for how they look, what they wear, and who they date. We, society, look to them for answers and their thoughts.” And when I heard about Kim and Kanye’s green lawn, despite the current drought in California, I couldn’t help but connect the two and be disgusted.
In a piece written on www.dailymail.com, Ashley Collman puts it perfectly, stating “California is currently in the fourth year of its worst drought in history, but the rich and famous residents of Los Angeles are still keeping up with the Kardashians when it comes to their over-the-top landscaping.” Collman also makes clear both in this statement and in the pictures she provides that sadly, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are not the only celebrities guilty of maintaining their lawns during California’s drought.
However, with Kim and Kanye being favored by such a young and impressionable population, I believe that they deserve a bit more scolding. Kim and Kanye have the power to influence the youth with their actions, and thus have the power to influence the future. With that being said, they need to start ensuring that most of their actions are positive. Especially their actions in regards to the environment.
As mentioned previously, California is currently facing their worst drought in history. And though most Californians are doing a great job using water conservatively, there are still many people living in Cali who are not. In efforts to get everyone on board, consequences for excessive water use are being implemented in the state of California.
Paul Rogers suggests the following: “Think of it like a diet. Or a household budget. Only for water. But instead of counting calories or pennies, hundreds of thousands of Silicon Valley residents are soon going to have to learn how to read their water meters and keep weekly records of their water use if they want to avoid fines under the region’s strict new water-rationing rules” (www.mercurynews.com).
Since celebs like Kim and Kanye have the money to pay these fines, they probably won’t be intimidated by them. But they should fear what will become of California as a result of their carelessness, which could potentially send the message to their young fans that it is okay to not take the drought seriously, and to not contribute to the state’s efforts. They should fear the effect that their negative actions could have on the environment for years to come.
And mostly, they should fear being taken off the pedestal in which they, as celebrities in our society, have been placed.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports