Nepotism: The Hollywood Employer


Roxanne M., Co-Editor-in-Chief

All around the world people work hard to achieve what they want in life. People go to school, study hard, and do internships or labor-intensive jobs just to reach their full potential. However, there are people throughout the world who have the privilege of not doing any work, simply because of the situation they are born in. To put it simply, some gain status, reputation, and acclaim simply because of who they are related to; this process is called nepotism. Nepotism seems to rule society, as if one has better connections than another person, they will often receive jobs or positions, even if they didn’t put in the work. Though nepotism is prevalent in many professions, it is most relevant in the Hollywood industry. 

Many of the actresses and actors that are loved today come from a show business family; they were given a platform, an opportunity that normal people did not have. Though nepotism has been a common practice throughout generations of Hollywood, in recent years it has been brought to the light of the media due to celebrities denying their connections, thus coming across as privileged or out of touch with the real world. 

An example of a celebrity who constantly denies their “nepo-baby” status is model and actress Lily-Rose Depp, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp, an actor, and Vanessa Paradis, a model and singer. Though it is obvious that her fame stems from the fact that she is the daughter of two famous celebrities, she constantly denies the fact that her fame is a product of nepotism, even if she did become the face of Chanel at 15, with no modeling experience. Depp states that she believes that nepotism may, “get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that.” Though this may be true, the issue with the “nepo-babies” is that many dismiss that they have an advantage over others who do not have famous relatives, which is what causes the backlash.

Overall, many actors, models, etc… who are a product of nepotism do work hard, but it is the fact that they do not acknowledge their privilege that leads to outrage. If celebrities were more in touch with their advantages and privileges, nepotism would not be as big of a social issue as it is today.