2 Jun 2024

Are pop stars usurping actors in the celebrity stakes?

From Sunday Morning, 11:10 am on 2 June 2024

The adulation once directed at film stars is now being thrust upon pop stars – with the likes of Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Harry Styles and Adele inviting adoring fans into their world via endless social media content and mammoth stadium tours.  

When and why did this shift happen? The Hollywood Reporter’s Lily Ford thinks it’s because audiences crave authenticity and access. She says this is something actors, who by their nature cosplay as other people, just do not provide. 

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