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Hutton, Serauskis battle the impact of celebrities Abigale Hutton

Abigale Hutton

Abigale Hutton

Paws for thoughts

Luke Serauskis

Jordan Bickett When flipping through a magazine with pictures of the most well-known people dressed in glamorous outfits shining with pride, many people look on with envy. Young people look up to and aspire to be just like their favorite celebrities. But, the rich and famous that teens glamorize are the most unstable, unpredictable type of people. Celebrities influence us to make big mistakes in our lives. When realizing how much teenagers idolize a celebrity, it seems kind of sad. Since when is it acceptable to beat your girlfriend, use women, become anorexic or overdose on drugs? Our society today brushes over the hard facts to make them acceptable. Domestic abuse is repulsive to many, but when Chris Brown beat Rihanna, some girls tweeted, “I would let him beat me.” It is never okay to beat up a woman, point blank. Furthermore, the context of many songs in this day and age is about sacrificing morals for money, sex, strippers, and drugs. Nicki Minaj is a great example. Her vulgar raps of hypersexuality and promiscuity inspires young girls, which is pathetic. “It’s crackin over here she put my hand on her booty and it jiggle and me woozy” is not the words a “role model” should use. C’mon Nicki, can you please be a better role model for the young ladies out there? The lyrics just noted from “Shake it for Daddy” were probably the cleanest lyrics that could be printed. The music business is not the only department that the celebrities crash. The girl many worshipped when I was little is now a crack-snorting strumpet. So glad I didn’t strive to be her. Lindsay Lohan is one big mess of a celebrity. Lohan has many articles about her being arrested on many well-known news websites. ABC News has well over 400 stories about this hot-mess celeb. Lindsay has been in and out of rehab and jail since 2007. In 2011 she went to court more than nine time, failing as a role model for her inspiring fans. It is not just the dumb decisions celebrities make that distort our society, it is the image. Teens try to change themselves to be the Hollywood version of “perfection.” Kim Kardashians’ big, fake boobs, Keira Knightley’s skin and bones, and Angelina Jolie’s pouty lips make teens want to change themselves to look like their inspiring role models. Celebrities make our society fake and greedy. It gives America a bad name, it shows how “perfect” we really aren’t. Magazines and newscasts disclose private information about the most famous people in the world, bringing them down and giving them a bad reputation. Yet, people forget that most of these stories are fabricated with embellishments that may not even be true. Society needs to understand that celebrites have their own lives and do not need the constant criticism from complete strangers. We also needs to realize that there are multiple people in the limelight that uphold high standards for themselves and continue to do outstanding deeds for our nation. “The Cosby Show,” a 1980’s T.V. series starring a married African-American couple living a normal life, was one of the first shows on television that showed African-Americans living within the upper middle class. America was bringing this family into their homes and soon many views began to change about racial stereotypes. Often known as the “Huxtable Effect,” New York Times released an article discussing how race seemed to be less of an issue, especially on television, as a result. Ellen DeGeneres is yet another mainstream T.V. personality who has used her fame and fortune for the goodness of society. Throughout her career, DeGeneres has fought for equality for homosexuals. Not only does she run a successful talk show, but DeGeneres has been able to keep a classy attitude and make decisions that she felt would affect her in a positive way. Now, she is a household name, giving inspiration to people of all ages. Finally, we have athletes like Peyton Manning, showing young adults that they can have a successful career in the athletic world while still maintaining a private lifestyle. Manning has started his own charity, “The Peyton Foundation,” helped in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and donated an undisclosed sum of money to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. These accomplishments are far from blemishes on the record of celebrity influences. Celebrities make mistakes, have flaws and do stupid things sometimes, yet, it does not mean that they do not have a positive influence on society. There are far more celebrities who present themselves in a respectalbe manner than those whose faces appear on the front cover of tabloids every week. These stars give others the opportunity to look up to someone, learn from their mistakes, and ultimately live a more fulfilling lifestyle that will benefit the rest of the world in a positive manner.

“Celebrities are bad influences because they give an image to younger kids to look perfect all time. Also, they show us to spend money on material things which kids shouldn’t be taught. JLO is an example, no one can look like her,” freshman Emily Petry said.

“Celebrities influence us in a good way for example they have or support charities. They make it seem like you can do something good too and gets you to donate to the charity,” junior Brandon Doig said.