It’s easy to say “I don’t care,” when a celebrity is in some new drama or comes forward with a new health diagnosis. In fact, a lot of people can’t find it in them to care when there are “real world” problems happening. As someone who is in the real world, has many problems, and who heavily pays attention to pop culture, I can confidently say pop culture matters, not just because writing about it is what secures my paycheck, but for a number of reasons, especially in regards to the health community.
Representation matters (but not all representation is good representation).
Whether it be about Hailey Bieber talking about her latest health scare, Demi Lovato talking about their eating disorder or battle with addiction, or Halsey recently revealing multiple health diagnoses, it opens a door to communication about life with different health conditions, and beyond that potential avenues for advocacy and activism. Sometimes it can even convince people to see their own doctors, and push for self-advocating in ways they may not have done before.
Additionally, another reason that pop culture matters is the response that it garners from the world, especially in health-based scenarios.
Have you ever been in a social environment where you hear someone use the “r” word, not knowing that you’re autistic, or something similar to that? You could assume that this person may not be a safe person for you to be around. Now apply that logic to the public’s response to the media.
When you see what feels like the entire world rally behind someone who is ableist or an abuser, it’s hard to not to take that personally. It’s a reminder of how many people out there hate you or don’t want to accommodate you. People tend not to censor their
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