Music & Culture
Japan Doesn’t Show Hollywood Celebrities Any Special Treatment
Written by Corrina Jean | May 24, 2011
In Hollywood, celebrities frequently think that they’re untouchable or perhaps that the law doesn’t apply to them. In 2007, Lindsay Lohan supposedly said (while driving intoxicated) that she was a celebrity and couldn’t get into trouble.
Celebrities with drug records who travel to Japan are in for a rude awakening. In September 2010, socialite Paris Hilton was detained at Tokyo’s Narita Airport and sent back to the United States. Why? Two days prior she had pleaded guilty to cocaine possession back in the states. Just recently, Russell Brand traveled to Japan to see his wife, Katy Perry, perform. However, Japanese officials took him into custody and sent him back to the United States. In Russell’s case, he was deported on charges from over 10 years prior.
Japan’s strict immigration laws show us just how important it is to not get involved with illegal activities. It’s easy to say that you’ll never travel to Japan so this isn’t something you’ll ever have to worry about. The truth is, you never know where life’s going to take you!
Growing up in a small town, I never thought I would see another state, let alone another country. But just last year I had the opportunity to travel and live in Japan for a few months. It was quite an experience and one that I will never forget!
In high school there is peer pressure to do the things that our friends are doing. The short term consequences are often what keep us from making bad decisions, but what about the long term consequences? If I had let peer pressure get the best of me in high school and gotten myself into trouble, living in Japan is something that I would never have been able to experience. Let this be one good lesson that Hollywood can teach all of us!