I am appalled when famous people engage in behaviors that are bad – in the extreme. When the Tiger woods scandal broke, I was one of his fiercest critics, while many of my friends (who are golfers and his fans) felt that his private life was not our business. When celebrities like Tiger Woods or Justin Bieber indulge in damaging and destructive behaviours such as driving under the influence of alcohol, engaging in drug use or promiscuous behaviour, they are influencing a host of followers to behave in the same manner with disastrous results. Celebrities might get away with such behaviour, but it is much more difficult for people like you and me to get away with such behaviour and we end up paying a steep price.
While it is nice to believe that the only positive role models out there are Mom and Dad, unfortunately, this is not true. Celebrities can and should take on this task. While children are always watching parents for ideas on how to behave, and get their value systems from home, they are also looking for a way to learn from celebrities. Through positive behaviours, which get reported, celebrities can influence kids on almost any topic from education to career to dressing to sports.
I am waiting for the day when a successful celebrity is in the news because of the celebrity’s good deed and not because he got caught drunk or died of a drug overdose. Such a celebrity will definitely motivate and inspire children to behave better. They owe it to them.