Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Department or School
Communication, Media and Theatre Arts
Dr. Bruce Carroll
Dr. Doris Fields
Dr. Edward Sidlow
This paper is an exploration of celebrity justice. Many different definitions of the term celebrity exist, as do many different views on what exactly constitutes celebrity status and the role those of this status plays in society. Additionally, the advantages and disadvantages of publicity regarding celebrities are disputed. Having celebrity status can both be beneficial and detrimental to the welfare of the celebrity. Studies show that when involved in a trial, publicity can actually harm the celebrity because of the bias the media can create in the mind of the public. This pretrial publicity leads to more convictions for celebrity defendants. Also, celebrities tend to receive harsher punishments from judges who want to uphold the image of the judicial system and avoid appearing to give celebrities preferential treatment. This paper analyzes the reasons behind the perception of preferential treatment for celebrities and the outcomes of court cases involving these celebrities.
Gregory, Kristina, "Celebrities: Who they are, how they gain popularity, and why society is so fascinated with them and their court cases" (2008). Senior Honors Theses and Projects. 150.