Last week, while reading a Cracked article titled 5 Celebrities Who Get More Hate Than They Deserve (Part 2), I started thinking about why some famous people receive so much hate and came up with a little formula.
H=S/(TxC) Hatred factor equals success divided by talent times character.
The higher the number, the more hatred the person generates.
The hatred for a certain celebrity is a factor of success in relation to perceived talent and perceived character.
Talent and character form the overall merit and success is the reward.
We don’t begrudge people their spoils if they are gifted in what they do and generally nice, but if they appear to be talentless douche-bags, we develop a resentment towards them.
Now let’s get into details and I’ll explain how it works.
T for Talent This is the famous person’s perceived talent in their line of work on a scale of 1 to 10. This is determined by how good that person is at what he does, be it art, sports, science or politics. It’s easy to judge in sports and science, but can be difficult when dealing with art. 10 would be for example Michael Jordan in basketball or Anthony Hopkins acting skills, 1 might be Kristen Stewart acting skills (never watched any of her movies, but it seems to be a consensus these days.).
C is for Character This is the famous person’s perceived character. It is on a scale of 1 to 100 since it has a larger effect on how we relate to the person than their innate talent. Character is our compound perception of someone famous, based on what we see, read and hear about them in the media or from our environment. The nicer, friendlier and humbler they seem, the higher the score. Kevin Durant or the late Paul Newman would be near the top and Diana Ross and Bill Murray would be scraping the barrel.
S is for Success A combination of their material and spousal fortunes minus any personal tragedies, on a scale of 1 to 1000. How much money and possessions they have and are expected to earn plus the people they share/d a bed with plus the fame they acquired (for some reason fame is considered a good thing these days.). From this we detract any personal setbacks that have befallen them, such as loss of kin and medical conditions.
Putting it all together Let’s take for example Tom Cruise. He’s definitely a talented actor, T = 8. Character-wise he’s not doing so good with his Scientology and arrogance, C= 10. He’s extremely rich and famous, dated some very attractive movie stars and was married to the lovely Katie Holmes, S=960. H=960/(8×10)= 20, a very high hate factor. Someone like Morgan freeman, Stevie Wonder or David Attenborough would score less than 1, meaning there is no rational reason to hate the guy. Lance Armstrong, on the other hand, is only “saved” from triple digits by testicular cancer.