Should celebrities strive to be role models, or should they not be held to a different standard than the average private citizen?
What a conundrum! Can a celebrity separate being a role model from being famous?
Celebrities seem to fall into two categories: the ones who embrace their role model status and the ones who rebel against it.
It’s a catch-22. Those of us that fame eludes can go places without worrying about a mob of fans or paparazzi. We can also make mistakes without the press swarming our front door. But then there’s no fame, no record or movie deals, no special treatment and a million fewer fans.
Celebrities get almost zero privacy. It must be difficult to make normal mistakes or have a sense of normalcy. I don’t think anyone can hold them to the same standard as average people because they aren’t average.
The other day I took a quiz on Buzzfeed about whether or not I’m bad. According to Buzzfeed, I’m bad like Rihanna because I don’t care what people think. And really is being bad like Rihanna so bad? If you’re a teenage girl, yes. If you’re an adult, I would say no.
When asked about being a role model, Rihanna was quoted as saying:
“That’s not me. That’s a part I play. You know, like it’s a piece of art, with all these toys and textures to play with,” she tells the magazine. “See, people … they want me to be a role model just because of the life I lead. The things I say in my songs, they expect it of me, and [being a role model] became more of my job than I wanted it to be. But no, I just want to make music. That’s it.”
I see her point.
However, I think that as far as criminal activity, we should all be held accountable in the same way. If Uncle Rick gets sent to jail for murder, then so should Mr. or Mz. Hollywood. Of course, the ability to pay for better attorneys comes into play.