Ben Affleck Doesn’t Get Why Criminals Become Celebrities in America

By Christine Torralba | 3 years ago
Ben Affleck Doesn’t Get Why Criminals Become Celebrities in America
PHOTOGRAPH: Wikimedia Commons/Gene Bromberg | Ben Affleck at the 2008 World Series of Poker, 2 July 2008.

Ben Affleck is a multi-awarded actor who has gained the respect from the public for his publicized work. Apart from his work as an actor, the 42-year-old has already been an award winning writer, producer and director. With someone as established as Affleck, it goes to show how one can think of everything wrong with Hollywood.


For one thing, Affleck expresses his fascination with the public’s obsession with criminals. Along with his curiosity over this matter, Affleck shares that he wants to discover the reason why a number of murderers have already gained "celebrity" status for the public’s eye.


In the recent issue of Loaded magazine, Affleck shares his curiosity and wonders why society treats criminals as if they were celebrities. He continues to question the motivation behind making these criminals and murderers famous.

Well, I’ve never been accused of murder – which is about the only thing! Notoriety is the American version of fame. You have people going out and committing crimes just they can be famous and hoping that happens because we treat criminals like celebrities. We focus on them so much. In America everyone can reel off… famous killers and the way we obsess over them is interesting. It goes back to John Dillinger and Al Capone.


With his own experience of being constantly scrutinized in an ever-changing industry such as that of Hollywood, Affleck knows how the shock value of the actions of criminals can instantly boost them into famous individuals. Despite this, the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” star believes that it is still morally wrong to continue sensationalizing crime. As a result of doing this, the public continues to give criminals the attention and notoriety they crave by doing more of these heinous activities.


By continuing to make criminals famous, the public gives in to the attention that criminals long for. And for someone who craves for the same limelight, this might give them the wrong idea on how they can easily be famous. This proves that good or bad publicity is still publicity.


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