All have a priest. All have a prophet. All have a god. And way too many have celebrities as one, if not all, of these. I have been holding back my feelings about the celebrity gods, priests, and prophets for far too long. I am finally going to come out and say it: Not a single celebrity, or talk show host, is Jesus.
As someone who studies religious phenomena, mystical experiences, and cultic leaders, I feel the need to say that the celebrity/talk show host cult is very worrisome. I use the word cult, because no one generates countless followers, who will do whatever he or she says, without being cultic (religious) in some way. By religious, I mean, regularly practicing and professing one worldview. We can be religious about anything—atheism, deism, self-helpism, the list goes on and on.