Sunday, 7 February 2010

Does Being Famous Equal Role Model

Whenever I hear a radio discussion on the ongoing revelations over the John Terry colourful private life the same subject keep’s on coming up again and again. John Terry is a role model so he should behave like one.

Well I’m not sure anyone who gets into a position of fame using talent should actually be a role model or indeed can be a role model.

When John Terry set out to become a professional football player (he joined the Chelsea youth team at 14 years old). He surely joined to live his dream of being a top class football player and playing for England. I doubt that being a rich famous star was at the forefront of his mind, and indeed all the negative trappings of being a star such as press intrusion and greater temptation.

I don’t see how many of todays famous, talented people are role models, many remarry, many have been involved in drugs and many have been involved in marriage scandals. Just of the top of my head I can name Tiger woods, Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Michael Jackson the list goes on and on.

There has been plenty of famous people who were not role models (or not good ones) in the past you can think of the antics of many a famous rock band like the Who or the Sex Pistols or the Stones and other stars like Oliver Reed and George Best, or perhaps further back to Henry VIII.

These days we have plenty of untalented celebrities, do you want them to be a role model? I don’t?

Famous people should not be our role models, people are people and some will behave well while others will behave badly. We can’t expect these people to be role models. We may enjoy their talent and admire there skill but the real role models out there are the commutity workers the soldier who saves a life on the battle field and the person who jumped in a river to save a life and also the people in your life know help you out be them your parents, doctors or teachers.

1 comment:

  1. Who cares about John Terry when our we have our own theiving fraudulent MP Mr Andrew Mackay and his fragrant frauding wife as Bracknells roles models?