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Last week, rumors surfaced regarding former Twilight badboy 's drug-taking habits, as another "unnamed source" reported his sniffing cocaine in the Hollywood Viper Room's VIP area.

We may take this story with a pinch of the granulated white stuff, given the credibility of unnamed and thus unaccountable sources. But, regardless of whether or not we think the stories surrounding RPattz are true - whether or not we're worried for his well-being now that isn't there to keep him in check, or brushing off this nasty fictitious rumor without a second thought - the fact remains that the 'story' was splashed all over the tabloids, for all to judge.

Is it okay for us to judge from afar, not knowing all of the facts?

One question we often ask ourselves when celebrities hit the headlines remains: Is it any of our business? Most of us don't get photographed when we take out the trash. Should we care when celebrities do? Should we form an opinion about celebrities' private lives? Is it okay for us to judge from afar, not knowing all of the facts? Fame often has dangerous implications for Hollywood's bright young things, and cheap media thrills at their expense often seems unfair.

Anyone can come out looking bad to others in daily life, but only the Hollywood subject, whose living depends on public reactions, risks being harmed by the nonstop exposure. So, what do you think, Moviepilots? Should celebrities like RPattz be more protected from the media?

Let's look at both sides.

On the one hand, some celebrities revel in the media attention. They earn millions from it: They have the power to stir up a frenzy in time for their latest movie's release or before their next album hits the shelves. And they love it. Take Lady Gaga. She tweets, she updates, she posts: All to keep herself in the public eye. The result, of course, is as you'd expect.

It also goes without saying, for some, that when celebrities pursue lives and careers which are by nature in the public eye, they have a responsibility to uphold certain morals. That includes not snorting class-A drugs. Or at the very least, not getting caught doing so.

On the other hand, celebrities like Elysium star - who's career skyrocketed to fame after her child-star stint in 1976's Bugsy Malone - has publicly declared that such attention to celebrities is morally wrong. In an article for The Daily Beast she argued that a career as an actor doesn't entitle the public to a piece of the actor's private life, saying:

"Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone's privacy, to destroy someone's sense of self."

Foster's got a point. Just because these people contribute to the world in front of the public eye doesn't mean that they should be denied the right to privacy. A celebrity's job is to entertain - but when did someone maybe or maybe not taking cocaine in the VIP section of an LA club become entertainment?

Such obsession is beyond a wish to be entertained

Such obsession is beyond a wish to be entertained; addiction to celebrity culture is at best harmless escapism and at worst pathological voyeurism. Either way, it's unhealthy. Our consumption of tabloid material not only has a lasting effect on the sanity of celebs, but also on us. Instead of engaging in personal interactions, we revel in the lives of famous people as if they're our friends. And, now more than ever, brands are harnessing our infatuation with stars to use them to tell us what to buy, tell us how thin we should be, and tell us that it's better to star in a movie than to become a doctor or a teacher.

Quite apart from anything else, interfering in the private lives of celebs can prove dangerous for our subjects. Look at the hounding of public figures like . She's just one example of a star who tried to escape the spotlight with boozing and drugs, but wound up securing the opposite. Now, the redhead's tabloid trials are more entertaining than most of her movies - which says as much about us as it does about her. She's barely been able to keep a steady job since it went pair-shaped - not to mention the car crash, the ankle monitor, the rehab, the assault, the numerous arrests, and the prison sentence. Lohan isn't just a trainwreck, she's a train that is constantly wrecking.

So, there are two sides to every story - and I'm not just talking about the "did he" and "didn't he"s surrounding Robert Pattinson's cocaine blunder. What do you guys think? Has the media hounding of celebrities really gone too far?



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