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Feb. 17, 2009

Wanted: a real hero

by Katie Sint, Online Managing Editor
When I was a kid, my celebrity hero was chef Julia Child. She was a WWII veteran and inspired my love of all cooking shows. She may have been old and her cooking styles may have been simple, but she was my hero.

Today's generation of kids have a more limited supply of celebrity heroes to aspire to than I did back then. Stories of celebrities and their "mess-ups" have become so common; they're barely surprising anymore.

Take teen pop star Chris Brown, for example. His alleged domestic abuse of his famous girlfriend, Rihanna, not only angered devoted fans, but also sent Brown's endorsers scrambling to save face. Wrigley's and Got Milk have dumped their ad campaigns with him, and radio stations across the country have begun to pull his songs from the air. Any damage Brown may have done to his career is far less than the damage he's done to his public image. After years of maintaining a squeaky-clean image, Brown's proven that he's no hero.

It was recently found that Yankees player Alex Rodriguez took performance-enhancing drugs in order to further his athletic career. To make matters worse, Rodriguez denied ever taking illegal drugs in an interview with Katie Couric. In a field where many stars have been targeted for using steroids, Rodriguez stood out as a shining beacon of integrity and honesty. Now, his fall from grace has only added his name to a long list of disappointments.

It's unfortunate to discover that your heroes are flawed. It's even worse to discover that your heroes could be put in jail for committing felonies and taking illegal substances. While these celebrities may not have a contractual obligation to be great heroes, they do have a moral obligation to be good people.

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  • asdff on February 17, 2009 at 5:57 PM
    The lesson is, never have a hero.
  • babykunta on February 17, 2009 at 8:32 PM
    this article was simply delicious. katie sint, you are my hero.
  • af on February 17, 2009 at 9:36 PM
    It is curiously awesome that your role model was Julia Child :)
  • Not convinced on February 17, 2009 at 9:45 PM
    This article is lacking in content. Certainly, the depth of examining each example is fine but citing two examples is simply not enough to support the claim.
    Are you assuming that the scope of heroes has been shrunk into Chris Brown and Alex Rodriguez? Even a mention of other heroes would have added significant strength to your argument.
    • Rhiannon (View Email) on February 18, 2009 at 2:40 AM
      hi my Name is Rhiannon i like Chris Borwn new
      muisc and he is [sexy and new best friend of 2 Rihanna]
      so i will take 2 u about my self..........
    • don don on February 18, 2009 at 11:49 AM
      this is a blog.
  • Carl Carlesburg (View Email) on February 17, 2009 at 11:26 PM
    You also have to take into account that being a celeb does not mean that these people are no longer human. We put these people on pedestals and forgot that they make mistakes just like us. Just as fast at the public puts them up they'll tear them down if they make a bad decisions
  • C on February 18, 2009 at 11:04 PM
    EZ, don't have celeb heroes.
  • grandma chang on February 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM
    no joke, JC actually is my hero
    nice job with your article katie!
  • asdd (View Email) on February 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM
    Don't forget Michael Phelps and his marijuana pciture..
  • phelps phan on June 2, 2009 at 9:21 AM
    Michael Phelps is my hero now more than ever because of that photo. it proved that he is human.
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