Celebrity and Religion in America
This chapter considers whether celebrity culture has something specific to teach ritual theorists. In American culture, is the celebrity a divine figure, or just another commodity in the marketplace? This chapter maps a series of strategies for the study of celebrities within the study of religion and America, focusing on the production of pop star Britney Spears as a religious figure, a religious sacrifice, and a consumer product. The chapter focuses on theories of sacrifice to connect the history of religions to the contemporary celebrity landscape in which starlets serve as repeated sacrificial subjects.
Keywords: Britney Spears, media, sacrifice, feeding frenzy, ritualization, victim, adolescence, Demi Lovato