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Should We Call TikTok Influencers “Celebrities”?

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Last updated on July 26, 2022

TikTok is a social media platform that is currently on the rise with over 1 billion users. So, should we really call the influencers on this app “celebrities”?

TikTok influencers are content creators that meet a certain required number of followers. Celebrities are people in a range of jobs such as actors, singers, and models. The main difference between an influencer and a celebrity is that, according to Inflow Network, “celebrities gain fame from traditional media channels, [but] influencers gain their audiences from social media.”

TikTok influencers should remain “influencers” and not be called celebrities. When we look at our phones and scroll through TikTok, what do we see? The most popular influencers dance or lip sync in 10 to 30-second intervals. Is that really the same as, for example, the work of a world-renowned actor or actress that has starred in multiple films?

We should emphasize the talent and dedication that the jobs of celebrities demand. Actors and singers usually have to work long and hard to get where they are. However, TikTok stars often receive instant fame for posting relatively short clips online. Recently, Addison Rae was invited to the Met Gala, and this has gained a lot of negative media attention. Comparing Charli Damelio to Ariana Grande or Jennifer Lawrence just isn’t something we should be doing.

Now, for some, influencers may be more popular because of the number of likes and followers that they have. Yet, the depth of celebrity fame and the time that it takes to gain it is much greater: Leonardo Dicaprio has been acting since 1989, but Noah Beck instantly became famous on TikTok in 2020.

In conclusion, the majority of celebrities have put in unique effort to get where they are. TikTok influencers should not be called “celebrities.” Yes, they may be famous, but they should not get the same benefits and recognition that celebrities do.

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