Are the different celebrities in ‘The Interview’ justified in condemning interviews?

Celebrity writers believe that interviews unduly interfere in their private lives. They regard themselves as victims of interviews. They claim that the interview in some way ‘diminishes’ them, just like some ancient cultures believed that a portrait of a person takes away his soul. Celebrities like V.S. Naipaul, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Saul Bellow and H G. Wells have expressed strong dislike for the interviews. They go to the extent of calling them ‘immoral ‘, ‘a crime’, ‘an assault’ and the like. There is no denying the fact that the interviews in some way encroach upon their privacy and at times project them to be shorter than their stature and at other times lionise them. In spite of these drawbacks there is no justification in condemning interviews outright. After all, interviews give us an insight into the personalities of the celebrities. The fans of the celebrities feel happy and satisfied, as they get a chance to peep in their lives. Interviews leave behind indelible and vivid impressions and they are undoubtedly ‘a supremely serviceable medium of communication’. Hence, they do not deserve to be criticized.

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