Ethical Responsibilities of Celebrities

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Do celebrities have ethical responsibilities to set good examples to young people? Aainaa Azmi
Abigail Palmer
Raveena Devi
Soon Tsuey Jing
Sanjeetha Raja

Segi University College
American Degree Program
Summer 2012

Do celebrities have ethical responsibilities to set good examples for young people? Young people nowadays need role models more than they ever needed before. We can see that crimes rates involving youngsters are increasing worldwide. One of the possible causes is that parents are more consumed with their careers and their children are left unsupervised throughout the day. Young people spend their leisure time watching movies, updating themselves on the latest trends and gossip concerning celebrities. With the publicity surrounding the celebrities, it is not a surprise that they are the number one choice as role models. Celebrities are well-known people who work hard to entertain us and by doing so they catch the public eye because of their fabulous talent. They work hard to give their best impression and earn a lot of money doing what they love. Some celebrities get too engrossed in their art that they cannot differentiate what is real anymore yet young people still aspire to be like them. Youngsters are too fascinated by their idols that they sometimes get carried away, thinking that all celebrities are perfect role models, they try to walk like them, speak like them and act like them. The reality is celebrities are not the ideal role models for young people. Celebrities do not have ethical responsibilities to set good examples for young people because acting or singing is just profession, they are in the spotlight causes the media put them there and they are also human beings who are prone to make mistakes. Who are celebrities? What makes them extra special as compared to us? Celebrities are those who have a prominent presence and profile which commands a great deal of public fascination and admiration. Celebrity status is usually associated with various careers within two most popular fields namely the entertainment industry and the sports arena. Celebrities are those who are easily recognized by the general public for their individual talents. A perfect example would be the King of Pop himself. He is none other than Michael Jackson. He became famous for his talent in singing and dancing. With the passing years not only his fame rose but also the numbers of his fan following. Being a celebrity indirectly puts you in a situation where others look upon you as their idol or role model. There is something that we need to understand clearly before coming to the conclusion that celebrities have ethical responsibilities to set good examples for young people. These celebrities did not achieve fame and success because of their moral values and religious beliefs; they became famous due to their talent. Celebrities are people too, they have wants and needs just like every other person. They also have the right to live their life the way they want to. So why are we judging them and expect them to behave in a certain manner that is deemed ethical in the public eyes? Fame is considered to be a blessing and a burden at the same time. Fred Allen who was an American comedian quoted that “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized”. ( Fred Allen, 2012). This is a bitter truth as once you’re a celebrity; your life is put under the microscope. Everything you do is judged by the media and public. Due to their fame and success, the behavior of celebrities undoubtedly has a significant effect on the public especially the younger generation. However, these people are examples of success in a specific role, and may not be the best choice for instilling moral values. For example if you inspire to be a pop star then you would look up to a pop singer like Britney Spears and Katy Perry. The reason why you look up to them is definitely...
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