What Do Entertainers Really Mean When They Say ‘Selling Your Soul to the Devil?’

When it comes to making it in a lucrative industry (such as music, movies and sports), many comments have been made by celebrities that in order to succeed in their respective businesses, you have to ‘sell your soul to the Devil.’ It’s the same words that former Pussycat Dolls lead singer, Nicole Sherzinger, uttered in a recent interview for The Independent this year. Known for their sexy attire and leading lyrics, Sherzinger admits that the image went against her musical aspirations and religious upbringing”¦and she is not the only one who has responded to the repackaging, manipulation, and control of music stars.

While the popular ‘sell your soul’  saying is often brushed off as commentary referring to how difficult it is to achieve fame and get a break in the entertainment industry, there are disturbing implications that accompany the phrase. For starters, a lot of people dissect the phrase to mean that entertainers have to make deals with shady people and powerful organizations (such as the Illuminati), just to get a chance to pursue their dreams.

Red flags often rise whenever musicians experience an extreme wave of popularity, overcome insurmountable circumstances, and grace a multitude of magazine covers. Conspiracy theorists tend to believe that some celebrities quickly climb up the music charts, land lucrative endorsement deals, can do no wrong, and receive constant positive exposure because they are backed by powerful, wealthy entities. What do these ‘powers that be’ get out of it? They make more money. They can mold their own propaganda soldiers to spread their messages that encourage people to eat more, wear less, and lead rebellious lives ”“ all of which can stunt the intellectual growth of the greater public.

As a result, influential public figures in entertainment make it easier for the morals of society to decline. Nowadays, it seems that self-worth is measured on a scale created and controlled by the wealthy, which promotes standards that are much harder to achieve than the majority of the public is led to believe. Violence erupts at a quicker pace and values, such as love, respect, and education are replaced with fear, loathing, despair, intolerance, and ignorance.

For secret societies, such as the Illuminati (believed to back a New World Order agenda) and organizations supporting depopulation of the world, the chaos that the entertainment industry does and continues to create works in their favor.

In the interview, Nicole Sherzinger acknowledges a habit of the entertainment industry to promote artists with sexy images. She says, “To be honest with you, I sometimes wish I were more slutty. I’d probably be a lot more successful if I were. This is such a tough industry, you know. To make it, you really have to sell your soul to the Devil.” When asked if she ‘sold her soul to the Devil,’ the singer replied, “No, I haven’t. That’s probably why I haven’t quite reached the top of my mountain.”

Another well-known instance where celebrities have equated success with ‘selling your soul to the Devil’ or ‘making a deal with the Devil’ is the circumstances of Dave Chapelle.  

Comedian Chappelle appeared in many movies, created a successful television skit show, and even wore the hat as a film producer himself. During the production of season three, Chapelle left behind his wildly successful self-titled TV show due to what he calls the ‘sick’ nature of Hollywood”¦.and instead chose to travel to South Africa to get away from it all.

While rumors of drug use and nervous breakdowns swirled, many people suspected that executives wanted to completely control the comedian and the show he worked so hard to build, and he chose not to submit. He has since been quite vocal about explaining the mysterious ‘disappearance’ from television, the movies, and hitting the stage that left so many wondering what happened to him. Chappelle admitted that he was unhappy with the direction the show had taken.

When speaking of his trip to Africa, Chapelle said: “Coming here I don’t have the distractions of fame. It quiets the ego down. I’m interested in the kind of person I’ve got to become. I want to be well rounded and the industry is a place of extremes. I want to be well balanced. I’ve got to check my intentions, man.”