The Cult of the Dead Celebrity: Castro, Diana and Lennon

A Paradoxical Millennial

Do we overly glorify the recently-dead in public life? I do not mean those dead who are close to us, but refer instead to the media’s treatment of celebrities and high-profile figures who have passed away. Do we suddenly create a saint out of them due to their death, no matter the actual facts of their life?

44175-004-1aa92245 The controversial leader (www.britannica.com)

I have mulled over this for a while, but was finally prompted to write on it after the recent death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. I am not going to talk about Mr Castro’s life, politics or legacy – certainly a minefield I do not want to navigate – but I will briefly discuss the reactions of the world to his death, as portrayed in the western media.

We might expect political figures who are considered to be on the left of the political spectrum to be…

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