"They're so obsessed with their delusions that they fail to recognize there's a person behind the performer."
I mean, most of them don't interact with her much if at all, and if she's projecting a persona, it's natural to interact with that.
Well yeah, but there's interacting with a persona, and then there's failing to understand that the persona is a persona. I meant the latter. Believing that the persona is a real person, rather than a performance being put on by a person.
You don't see a movie and say "Gee whiz, I wonder what James Bond is like in person?" because the actor and the act are separate entities. You don't go to handshake events for James Bond, you don't cheer James Bond on at concerts (though that might actually be pretty cool...), you might have James Bond posters on your wall, but they're not posters for a person, they're posters for a movie. Everyone knows Bond isn't real, and to pass him off as real would be laughable.
Idol personas, on the other hand, need to be seen as both the act and the actor. You're selling the fantasy of an ideal person. Nobody finds out Daniel Craig has a wife and sends him death threats because James Bond is supposed to remain single (...hopefully). Idols seen being close with a man do. It's like if the paparazzi were obsessed with finding dirt on James Bond instead of an actor. Which, frankly, would be a really bad idea. He has a license to kill.
I guess what I'm really trying to say is that idols should be allowed to carry deadly weapons and exercise lethal force at their own discretion.