Submitted by guest writer - JJ
Don’t look to celebrities as role models. Years ago the word “celebrity” conjured up images of glamour and sophistication, of a life filled with beautiful things and lovely people. Think of Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly. These were people who seemed to live a life that most Americans would envy. They always looked beautiful in designer clothing, they traveled to exotic locations and stayed at the most upscale hotels. To them image was everything. They cared about what their public thought about them and I think they thought they had a responsibility to be role models because of the attention they received. Even politicians like John F. Kennedy had an image to show to the country. People looked up to him and Jackie and saw their family and lifestyle as something to emulate.
Now anyone can be a “celebrity”! Because of Youtube and Myspace, cellphone cameras and Reality TV as long as you’re in front of the camera, “you’re famous” even if you’ve accomplished nothing and have not one redeeming quality to contribute to our society. Look at who we watch on TV. The Real Housewives of Orange County, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Lohans, Denise Richards and on and on. These are pathetic people who are addicted to the camera. They have a “need” for celebrity and will do anything to do keep it, even if it involves “pimping out” their children for air time.
The Gosselins are not at fault for their “celebrity” status, WE ARE! If we would set a higher standard for the people we watch on television then we would be involved in our own lives and not creating Nielson ratings for these people!Most reality shows are scripted , they have product placements, and they are filmed to create the most interest by showing footage with the most drama.
I think it’s time to once again look for those role models in entertainment, sports, and politics. It’s a shame when our kids think that what they see on television is the norm. That everyone has affairs, that drug rehab is normal, that most politicians are liars, that oral sex is “not sex”! There are good leaders out there. We should be watching them and making them our role models, not some reality TV family who got caught up in a situation that we, the public, put them in!