Today public figures such as celebrities are looked up to by people of all ages. Often viewed as role models, celebrities appear on television with the entire world watching, and are known for their wealth, talent and fame. A role model is defined as “A person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated with a role. ” ("Role model." Definition 1. Web). Whether celebrities enjoy being in the spotlight or not, they are looked up to by millions of people around the world and thus have a social obligation to behave well. Such role models have an effect on the lives of people in society as they have the ability to shape the views, ideas, and actions of their fans. It is important for celebrities to be positive and responsible in displaying good morals and values because many individuals are dependent on the media role models of today. Because of the large role celebrities play in society they should be obligated to be positive and influential role models.
Many individuals would argue that in celebrities’ private lives, they should not have to act as a positive influential role, as they are out of the spotlight. After all it is their private life, so technically it should be no one’s concern what they do in their free time. However, before people become celebrities, they are aware of the little to no privacy they are going to receive from the public. This is one of the unfortunate disadvantages of being famous. With the media and paparazzi on their