NYU's Independent Student Newspaper

Washington Square News

Celebrities Give False Hope

Mollie Yellin, Contributing Writer

In 2015, supermodel Karlie Kloss launched Kode with Klossy, an initiative to empower young women and support their interest in computer science. Since its start, it has spread to 10 cities and has given hundreds of girls the opportunity to pursue their interest during a two-week summer camp, free of charge. Kloss promoted her hopefulness and positivity about girls in computer science to the masses through her staggering 6.5 million Instagram followers, and her massive network eventually reached me, an unsuspecting innocent. Her glamorous posts were so empowering that they enticed me to take the plunge into computer science. After all, in Kloss’s own words, we need to “change the stigma of ‘this is just for boys.’”

This was a battle cry to feminists everywhere — the world needs more women in STEM, and I am a woman. I thought I could be the change in the world Karlie Kloss is so desperate to see. In a frantic move to change the world, I registered for Introduction to Computer Programming, a prerequisite for any computer science class at NYU.

Celebrities have this way of encouraging the masses into thinking that they can do anything, which is not true in most cases. Almost every piece of advice a celebrity has posted on their Instagram or spoken in an acceptance speech is tinged with this feeling of super-human optimism. It comes as no surprise that regular people cannot do anything they put their minds to. It’s simply out of our control — I was not born with the capabilities to code, which I found out shortly into my first midterm in that class. Karlie Kloss’s enthusiasm for women’s capabilities made me think that I could do it.

The greatest and most real advice I ever received from a celebrity came from legend Lea Salonga at a workshop she held at my old school. She told us that if you do not have the talent to do something, no matter how hard you work at it, success in that field is almost impossible. It sounds harsh, but in my own life this seems to make the most sense. I do not have the ability to code, but I was deluded into thinking that I could by the influence of a celebrity. No matter how hard I work at it, I can’t get better. The same is true for millions of other average people like me. Don’t fall for the false hope a celebrity can give you.

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them. A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 17 print edition. 

Email Mollie Yellin at [email protected]

Related Stories

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






2 Comments

2 Responses to “Celebrities Give False Hope”

  1. Obeja on May 2nd, 2017 11:50 pm

    This is so true.

  2. Jess Kargiannis on May 8th, 2017 7:16 pm

    I took Intro to Computer Programming couple semesters ago and found it not at all difficult. I wouldn’t consider myself a programmer by any means – I’m a Social & Cultural Analysis major – but I got an A and really enjoyed it, and it’s nice to have another skill on my resume.

    Programming is not like having blonde hair and blue eyes where you have to be born with it. You put in the work – you see the results. Of course, some people are lazy and would rather complain on the internet than actually do so.

Comments that are deemed spam or hate speech by the moderators will be deleted.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    The Obsoleteness of Textbooks

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    NYU SJP’s Rally Can Help Spread Safety

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Commencement Tickets Not Yours to Sell

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Problematic Portrayal of Female Friendship in ‘Girls’

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Weekend on the Square Protests Embarrassed NYU

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Venezuela: The Media’s Victim

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    NYU Is Lacking Diversity Among Faculty and Administration

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Residential Staff Should Be Trained for Opioid Overdose Prevention

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Staff Rants April 19-25

  • Celebrities Give False Hope

    OPINION

    Protests Show a More Accurate NYU

NYU's Independent Student Newspaper
Celebrities Give False Hope