This idolisation of celebrities can be positive because it gives young people someone to look up to. However, it is not all beneficial. The problem we face with having celebrities as role models is that if they start endorsing issues which are not positive, it can very easily lead us astray. Take for example Charlie Sheen. He has been the highest paid TV actor for years now, earning $2 million per episode of Two and a Half Men, and he has gone completely off the rails. Smoking, endorsing drugs and alcohol and being susceptible to drunken rages have given him even more attention and made him even more famous than he was 12 months ago.
Is this the sort of example we want to give to the youth of today? That by acting out and behaving badly we can get more attention and become famous? No wonder young people can be so out of control these days. With role models like Britney Spears, who only a few years ago had an emotional breakdown, and Lindsay Lohan, who has been in and out of jail and rehab, what can we expect of the youth? And the worst part is that these people are still famous and constantly talked about. It is almost as though we are condoning this sort of behaviour and lifestyle as being acceptable.
It doesn’t help that these celebrities get lesser punishments than “regular” people. How many people would avoid jail after being caught with illicit drugs or escape punishment for domestic abuse, like some recent celebrities. The answer is very, VERY few. It appears that celebrity status can