A The speaker believes that viewers have the choice of tuning in to celebrity news or not.
B The speaker believes there is nothing wrong with following celebrity gossip.
C The speaker doesn’t really care about celebrity news.
D The speaker doesn’t believe everything he/she hears about celebrities in the media.
E The speaker doesn’t understand why the public is so interested in celebrities.
F The speaker believes that the media shouldn’t talk about the private lives of the famous.
G The speaker believes that the media is providing stories that interest the public.
I spoke to some people to find out what they thought about all the celebrity coverage in the media.
Speaker 1 (female) (E)
I, for one, believe that there is too much talk of celebrities in the news. I don’t understand why the general public wants to know about the lives of stars. They are just people, like you and me... the only difference is that they have more money to go on holiday!
Speaker 2 (male)(G)
There is so much celebrity coverage in the media, because that is what people want to hear... there is a high demand for it. If people didn’t tune in to hear the latest gossip or read about what happened to one star or another, then there wouldn’t be as much.
Speaker 3 (female) (F)
I love reading about the stars but I think the press has gone too far. They should respect the privacy of celebrities. Getting involved in their personal lives is wrong. Tougher laws are needed to stop the gutter press from interfering in their lives.
Speaker 4 (male) (B)
I can’t get enough of celebrity coverage in the media. I’m a big movie fan, so I want to know all about the stars on the big screen. Everyone enjoys hearing a bit of gossip every so often, and I don’t think that there is anything wrong with that! After all, it’s the price celebrities have to pay for being famous.
Speaker 5 (female) (A)
I agree there is too much celebrity coverage in the news but people can certainly choose what they want to watch. Personally, I simply change the channel if I’m not interested in the latest celebrity scandals.
Speaker 6 (female) (C)
For some, tuning in to celebrity news is a way of escaping the pressures of everyday life. Hearing about the famous helps people dream about a life of riches. I understand but... I’m not interested in hearing about celebrities, not one bit.