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Claire Sisco King discusses celebrity culture with CNN

Posted by on Monday, February 6, 2023 in News.

Dr. Claire Sisco King discussed celebrity culture and parasocial relationships with CNN. King focused on widely-regarded “nice” stars such as Dolly Parton and Tom Hanks.

CNN reports:

These “sweethearts” become symbols in American pop culture. We turn to them for inspiration, moral guidance, reliable entertainment and even solace, said Claire Sisco King, an associate professor of communication studies at Vanderbilt University who studies celebrity culture.

“It’s really difficult stuff that people experience every day—political divisiveness, concern about the future of the planet and the potential extinction of human life,” Sisco King told CNN. “So the idea that someone who’s famous could be really nice gives people a sense of hope.”

You can read the entire story here: “How stars like Dolly Parton and Tom Hanks became American sweethearts.”