The Idolization of the Elite

We idolize the elite class, the professional athletes, the actors and actresses, the people who’s faces we see slapped on the cover of every tabloid, for drugs, cheating, arrests, and countless other offenses and these are the types of people we appoint to be our role models, why? Why do we choose drug addicts, adulterers, and criminals? We look to them for artificial reasons, their hair, their body, their talent, and every now and then their personality, however, we never seem to look to them for good character or strong morals. In my opinion, this doesn’t need to stop, but we need to stop putting these people on a pedestal.

If you’re a soccer player, it’s obvious that you’re going to look to other soccer players to be a better player, but that doesn’t meant that’s who you should be basing your entire persona around. You shouldn’t base your love life around the fact that the specific player cheats every time their in a relationship, on the opposite side, just because that player got married at 18 doesn’t mean that should be your goal either. If that player loves chicken nuggets and you hate chicken nuggets, you shouldn’t try your hardest to love chicken nuggets too. This may sound crazy but there are people who base their whole life and decisions around someone else. If you’re a singer, it might make sense to try and go Nashville to get a jump start on your country singing career like Taylor Swift. Does that mean you should write a love song about every relationship your in? Maybe not.

If you want to base your morals and character off of someone, I’m not sure Miley Cyrus is the person to be looking to, sure she doesn’t give a shit about what people think about her, and personally I strive for that, however, I’m not sure if anyone should be taking her advice on drugs. She could wind up being the next Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes at this rate. If you’re basing your morals off of someone, take someone good like Mother Teresa, pick someone who actually does good things in the world instead of gets drunk and high.

If I have kids I really hope their first role model is someone of substance, I mean I’m not sure what or who will be around then but if it’s even the Hannah Montana of their generation, the TV will be turned off and books will be given. The idolization of talented people is great when you’re looking to them as an inspiration, but different, maybe better people to base your life around.

Per usual this is all my own opinion and I would love to hear anyone elses, please, please, please tell me what you think about the idolization and romanticizing of celebrities. I think that we put them on this pedestal and we forget that they’re people just like us, well with a lot more money, and we forget that they have flaws. We forget that those we admire so greatly do highly illegal things (Justin Beiber anyone?) and are written off because they have the money to write them off. Just something to think about, don’t forget to leave your thoughts!

XOXO,

Mary.


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