I wonder what RS thinks of his fans. He seems pretty accessible to them, with the meet-and-greets, sound checks and fan appreciation vacations. And he has said in interviews that he really appreciates them now even though he may not have as much in his younger days. And, as documented in the documentary “Affair of the Heart,” it definitely seems genuine.
But I wonder what it must be like to have that type of celebrity – to have the realization that if you’re having a bad day and snap at somebody, it will permanently cloud their judgment of you forever. And if your name comes up in a future conversation, they’re likely to say, “Oh yah, I met him once, what a jerk.” It’s not fair but it’s human nature, I guess, to have different expectations for celebrities, as if they should be infallible.
Whenever I’m at a sporting event (which isn’t very often), I’m always intrigued at the way people yell so freely at the players. “You idiot, didn’t you see the ball!?” “They should get rid of you!” “You suck!” I can’t help but wonder how these same individuals would like it if they had somebody following them around at work commenting on their every move. “You idiot, it’s not their, it’s they’re! I can’t believe you sent that email!”
And even on the other extreme: Imagine how tiresome it would be to arrive at your office each morning to be greeted by a crowd of people snapping pictures of you that will be posted all over the Internet in the next 10 minutes. Even if the swarm was filled with admiration, I’m sure there must be times when it becomes too much. I guess that may just be the “price” of celebrity that goes along with making millions of dollars for doing something you love.
Rick Springfield performs in concert in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 5, 2012. Photo by Mike Morrow/Flickr
It must be strange to meet a person for the first time and have them know so many personal things about you when you know nothing about them. (I think a non-celebrity gets a little taste of this sometimes because we as a society now divulge so much personal information on social media that people who you hardly know but are “friends” with on Facebook know how you spent your summer vacation and if it comes up in conversation during a chance meeting at the supermarket it feels a little strange.)
Social media has changed the relationship of celebrities with their fans, too. (Here’s an interesting article on “super fandom.”) Not only does it allow for a direct line from a celebrity to his or her fans (and maybe the opposite direction, too), but also from fans to one another – such as on Facebook fan pages.
RS fans are a very devoted bunch. It’s very apparent from reading through Facebook posts and searching #rickspringfield on Twitter that he has many admirers. (I hear there are even blogs devoted to him…) Does it ever freak him out a little? I wonder if he ever reads through his fan pages to see what they’re saying and, if so, what he thinks about it.