The Dilemma of a Celebrity

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Luis Monterroso
Professor S
ICC1
3 May 2013
The Dilemma of a Celebrity
In a time where fabricated stories are indulged like soft drinks, and tall tales are published for a quick buck, the celebrities of today face unimaginable amounts of pressure from the constant gaze of the public fueled by the watchful eye of the media. Their actions are criticized and constantly made available to the public. Although many people feel that celebrities have a responsibility to be role models, it is not a title that should be given so freely. Society should not consider celebrities to be role models because they have not all earned it, most celebrities do not even want the attention, and children of today are too easily influenced by their actions.

“A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people,” defined by Dictionary.com A celebrity usually has qualities that involve fame, wealth and power, which are not negative qualities but are not what make a good role model. According to Brande Victorian a writer for Madame Noire, “once you become a performer your private life and a lot of the personal decisions you make are put on display for millions of fans and the public at large to critique, but that doesn’t make you a role model, that makes you visible.” Celebrities today are given the designation of role model long before they have actually produced any meaningful actions to deem them role models. This undesirable position for many celebrities is the root for much of their criticism received by the media. The celebrity population has faced perpetual scrutiny from the public for actions that would normally be ignored if it were someone else. All people in a position of fame know this certainty. The idea that as a celebrity one cannot do what they please without being deemed irresponsible or called out for setting bad examples is a disheartening reality. Many celebrities have voiced their opinions of...
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