I would like to talk about some aspect of corrupt capitalism in the world. I want to be frank with my thought on this topic and shout to corrupt society to awaken and see what is really going wrong with the very best example of the entertainment industry.
I would like to give some examples with the entertainment industry to show the corruption of capitalism. I think the entertainment world (showbiz) represents corruption and unstable equilibrium in capitalism in some points. I have to tell you first before I go deeply into this topic that I live in Korea, so I have felt so much unfairness and incongruity in the entertainment industry in Korea, even though Korea entertainment business keeps growing up in a market economy. So my examples are mostly based on Korea situations. In fact, it is not only the problem in Korea, but also other countries, too.
However, I admit the entertainment industry becomes very important role to lead culture and contribute to economy growth and status. So we cannot ignore the entertainment industry.
Since the entertainment industry has been so much growing up, it also requires better quality management system, systematic strategy for improvement, qualified & competent directors, staff as well as entertainers, and transparent investment as well as fair distribution of pay & profits. All elements are needed to be in one place to produce great outcomes.
First and foremost, I want to point out that the entertainment industry is the place where art and business coexist and they should be balanced. But the balance between art and business is getting collapsed by unfairness and incongruity. Consequently, the entertainment industry is following the route of corruption of capitalism.
As an aspect of business, big entertainment management companies and production companies only pursuing a huge profit monopolize market; accordingly, it is very hard for people who pursue a work of art and true ability & passion to get a chance in the market monopolized by big major companies.
For example; films invested huge amount of money by big major production companies occupy the market; conversely, valuable films as a work of art produced by minor production companies hardly survive in the market monopolized by big major companies. Also, sponsors who invest money in film production look for big major production companies and intervene too much in the process of production; and they often block directors’ capability and ideas because investors only pursue huge profits like gambling, so they ask directors to follow a style of Hollywood blockbusters. Consequently, investors’ taste always comes first and directors and staff have to be a kind of slaves for investors and production companies. For that reason, many capable directors waiting for a chance in a long line have lack of chances to show their ability and ideas; moreover, many capable directors have to be disappeared even before displaying their ability and ideas in this industry. Accordingly, investments and productions tend to lean to one side rather than balance in the market. Besides, big major entertainment management companies and production companies abuse their authority and power in the market.
Also, entertainers who belong to big management companies have more chances to get jobs and success because big management companies almost monopolize the entertainment market. Since entertainers are kind of products in the market, management companies put all efforts to wrap their products with fake images and life to display them in the market and draw people’s attention to them. In some or many cases, there is bribery stuff going on to sell their products in the market. Moreover, there are wrong affairs secretly going on like sex scandals between corrupt & rich sponsors and entertainers because management companies cannot invest money to adorn each entertainer they contract to sell in the market, so entertainers like actresses or singers get private rich sponsors for their expense. Consequently, many talented, passionate entertainers who don’t belong to major companies or sponsors have to suffer from lack of chances, hunger and poverty. Wealth, chance, and luck are inclined to specific people (celebrities) who are wrapped by fake images and life made for commercial purpose and supported by big management companies and private rich sponsors in some cases.
Needless to say, there are many talented and competent entertainers, directors, and staff who are ready to devote their talents, ideas and passion into this field, but chances are always taken by people who have authority and power, and they are sacrificed by unfair situations and unequal distribution. In addition, weak & vulnerable common people are sacrificed by the mass media looking for baits for their benefits, too.
However, if I make a list of all elements investors and production companies need to prioritize for the production of films, it could be as below.
① good scenario / contents
② good director & producer
③ firm plan & management skill throughout the whole process of film production
④ sincere & passionate & talented actors and actresses
⑤ competent & sincere staff
⑥ marketing (actually, it is very important, but I put it in the last place)
Budget needs to be distributed fairly according to priority listed above. But the problem is a “balance.” Balance is often off in the entertainment business, especially when it comes to ridiculously huge salaries for famous actors and actresses whether they have true ability or not. Investors and production companies have wrong thoughts that popular actors and actresses can make films succeed by their fame, so these wrong thoughts make the structure of the entertainment industry broken. Actually, a successful outcome is from a combination of all elements. I want to point out that actors and actresses are only contract employees or one of elements in production. Famous actors and actresses should not be treated like an owner of a big company. The thing is there are many actors and actresses who play each role in film and they are as important as leading roles in film; in fact, leading roles can be saved and enhanced by them. Furthermore, there are many staff who stay all night to work, too. The successful outcome can finally come out due to a combination of all elements listed above and a “balance.” Rewards and honors should not be given to only leading roles, and any productions should not depend on famous celebrities who are paid huge amount of salaries because ridiculously huge salaries for famous actors and actresses collapse balance and fair competition in the entertainment industry.
I think the entertainment industry spoils entertainers by their wrong system; for example, some Korean actress gained fame so fast by her attractive appearance, but her acting skill was poor (lack of analysis and in-depth expression on her role, etc) Nevertheless, she was cast in some TV drama (soap opera) as a leading role with very high salary in contrast with her ability, but she ran away in the middle of the drama production due to the reason she was so tired and she didn't like the directing style of the producer while other actors and actresses worked so hard without complaints. After a big controversy, she ended up coming back to her work and finished the drama. Eventually, the drama failed. I believe one of factors the drama failed was a poor mindset of her who played a leading role.
Last time, Korea had an incident that the director committed a suicide because his epic drama failed, even though he invested a lot of money in this epic drama. After his epic drama was finished, he was sued by actors and actresses who played general and walk-on roles because he couldn't pay them at all while he paid huge salaries to leading roles. It showed that he could have paid salaries to other actors and actresses who sued against him, if money was distributed to the right place and right amount; moreover, he didn't have to be driven to the corner by the result if he didn't make mistakes on budget and marketing plan at the very beginning.
Also, some famous celebrities have selfish conditions on contract whenever they are cast in dramas or movies, etc. They list down conditions on contract at their own convenience that they don’t really care about other staff, although they receive huge salaries as well as huge incentives. For example, they request additional huge incentive on top of their huge salary, time limit of their work, limit of their scene or the scope of acting, using a pinch hitter if there are hard performances, etc. They think they are a king or queen of the world.
And some famous celebrities abuse drugs or cause social problems because they have been spoiled and rotten by the wrong system in the entertainment industry as well as fame and wealth they got easily. Nobody even tries to discipline or advise them. They are just left in a dark pitfall come with fame, success and wealth from devil.
And some celebrities brag about their huge wealth on TV. What a snob!!!! They are like a slave of money who live upon vain conceit and pursue only money and fame instead of shedding their passion and effort into a work of art. As a matter of fact, it is like a trend among celebrities to purchase buildings to add to their wealth. Do they do some kind of speculation in real estate? Even, the mass media compares celebrity couples with their real estate and wealth whether they can level with each other by their wealth; for example, “he has the building worth of $$$ and she has the building worth of $$$; therefore, they are a great couple.” “This actor’s family is so rich, his father’s job is blah, blah, his mother is blah, blah, and his brother is blah, blah... his uncle is blah, blah....; therefore, he is from a rich family background.” Oh! My God!!!! What the hell? I am so disappointed with this snobbish, disgusting society. What a pathetic human being!!!!!
Anyhow, entertainers & celebrities must be evaluated by their real ability, sincerity and passion, not attractive & artificial look like mannequin, wealth and fame. What people believe about their stars could be fake images made by mass media and marketing artificially & commercially in the entertainment industry. People should not be brainwashed by mass media. We should not applaud to celebrities who are haughty and live on vain conceit, and collapse fair market competition by their ridiculously huge salaries. Entertainers should not forget that they are an artist before “business”. Times have changed, so the entertainment industry should know what they have to focus on and develop for good outcomes from now on.
However, entertainers are public figures and affect people so much, though. Many of young generation look up to celebrities and dream of their future through celebrities. Also, they are brainwashed not only by society system and environment, but also by the mass media easily. In another word, they follow what celebrities show publicly―ex: their style, life, attitude, sense of value, etc. For example, many celebrities have cosmetic surgery and pursue the thin body shape; consequently, many of young generation undergo cosmetic surgery to have an artificial look and even try to lose weight to have a thin body like celebrities, although they have very standard body shape and look. Also, many people follow celebrities’ style, fashion, life style, too. It means people are affected and brainwashed by mass media so easily. Therefore, entertainers as public figures really need to be considerate and discreet about their behavior and mindset ― ex: humility, sincerity, effort with passion and good sense of value, etc. And celebrities should not forget that there are many young students who look up to them and try to follow them.
In Korea, many young students want to be entertainers for fame and wealth because they think they can make big money like entertainers who brag about their wealth on TV, if they become entertainers. Nowadays, institutes and schools for performing arts have many students and applicants who want to be entertainers. In this regard, students needed to be educated not only on skills and techniques, but also on personality and good mindset not to be snobbish, spoiled and lose their soul as an artist because the entertainment industry is the place that has temptation from devil, corruption, vain fame, success, and hidden snares. Some celebrities lose their soul to devil and are ruined by fame and wealth from devil.
Lastly, all of people who are engaged in the entertainment industry should have integrity, passion, and sincere soul because the entertainment industry is the place that produces a work of art on top of profits in business; in the mean time, the entertainment industry is the place that makes people rotten and corrupt because their production is like gambling, so when they succeed with their production, they can earn enormous money at one time, but human being is easily shaken by devil’s temptation. Also, entertainers who grab a success and fame can fall into a hidden snare, too. Be humble!
One more thing, the entertainment industry has to make an appropriate system to give chances not only to famous celebrities or major companies; but also to people who pursue their true dream with pure soul in this industry. I mean the entertainment industry should evaluate people including entertainers by their real ability, firm mindset and integrity. They should not evaluate people by appearance, wealth and fake fame that can disappear easily. Fame can be achieved by fake images made by marketing and mass media. In fact, any entertainers can be famous celebrities if fake images are well made by marketing, productions and mass media (good movie, drama, commercial ad, etc) So the entertainment industry would better invest money to develop good contents, good directors and equipment stuff rather than pay enormous salaries to famous entertainers who are already rotten and spoiled in mind. In addition, monopoly by big major companies should be prevented in market. Again, chances and investment should be distributed fairly to people, companies and elements in each process to produce great outcomes and prevent corruption and imbalance in market