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1. Do international sporting events really improve international understanding and cooperation?
2. Should photography be considered an art form?
3. “In today’s world, dishonesty is the best policy.” Do you disagree?
4. Why does the world have water problems and what can be done to solve them?
5.”Divorce is not a social or moral problem; it is a sensible and civilised solution.” Do you agree?
6. Is it fair to expect celebrities to lead exemplary lives?
7. “Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is an even greater one.” Discuss the relevance of this statement to your country.
8. “Democracy is not a desirable system for most countries in the world today.”
9. Must we resign ourselves to the fact that technology will always do more environmental harm than good?
10. Is it ever acceptable to break the law?
11. Examine the claim that politicians should not interfere with scientific research.
12. Rules are made to be broken.’ What rules do you think should be broken and why?
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Q6: Is it fair to expect celebrities to lead exemplary lives?
Bill Clinton, former President of the United States of America (USA), made a special appearance on the popular talk show, “Larry King Live”. Sixteen million viewers tuned in to watch the programme that night. This is a clear example of the massive influence celebrities have on the public. Celebrities are often “the rich and famous” and may include political leaders, television actors, singers, sportsmen, or just about anyone famous as portrayed by the media. Perhaps to expect all celebrities to lead exemplary lives would be a narrow-minded view. Some may argue that celebrities themselves have the right to lead life the way they deem suitable and the public should not be too quick to pass judgement on them. However, in my opinion, celebrities have varying degrees of influence on the public and on different groups of people. Therefore, celebrities who assume leadership roles should be morally upright as they often have a larger influence. Despite this, other celebrities should similarly lead exemplary lives, as they too have an influence on the public, although to a smaller degree.
Political leaders of ministers that govern countries should set good examples and it is justifiable to expect them to do so. Political leaders make decisions concerning a country’s affairs and are responsible for every citizen in the country. As leaders of the people, they are expected to have integrity, be honest and possess other virtues. Former President of the USA, Bill Clinton, made headlines when his scandal with Monica Lewinsky was exposed. This resulted in the loss of support and trust from many Americans and citizens of the world. Corrupt leaders, for example President Suharto and Estrada, were thought to be incapable of running their countries and even worsened the social and political states in their nations. Since leaders, who were voted to lead the people, have important roles to play in governing a country, it is fair to expect them to possess moral integrity and lead good examples.
Celebrities are often looked up to or are often publicised by the media. Therefore, it is not biased to assume that they should be good role models. Take the case of Channel NewsAsia host, Shankar, for example. There was much attention paid to him after he was sentenced for molesting a woman last year. As he was portrayed to be a “virtuous and upright” man on television, his case was seen to be shocking to many. The judge also imposed a heavier penalty on him to deter other criminals from committing the same crime. Since such celebrities are people whom we often see on television and therefore can largely influence the public, it is justifiable to assume and want them to lead exemplary lives.
Although celebrities such as singers or actors have a less significant role to play in society, they should still aim to be good examples in the way they live. Popular singers or actors, such as Britney Spears or Michael Jackson, are often idolised and looked up to by many impressionable teenagers. The way of life of these celebrities, though not always satisfactory, may be deemed to be acceptable to teenagers. For example, the coming marriage of Britney Spears to her dancer who has a child may be frowned upon by many, especially in traditional Asian societies. Teenagers may also accept this way of life and pre marital sex may be indirectly promoted. The divorce cases often seen in Hollywood may also give teenagers the notion that marriage is not long lasting and that divorce cases are very common. Due to the influence singers and actors have on mainly the young, it is unbiased to expect them to aim to be good examples in the way they live.
However, the lives of celebrities are often exaggerated or sensationalised by the media. Therefore, rumours or gossip may often portray celebrities in a bad light, even though they may be false. “Gossip sells,” and the media often report false rumours or gossip to increase viewership and thus earn greater profits. By creating a large frenzy over the break-up of celebrity couples for instance, the public may be misled into thinking that celebrities are morally flawed and not good role models. As it is difficult for the public to read or watch accurate stories or truths due to sensationalisation by the media, it is unfair to believe all we read and see and thus, assume that pop-stars are not good role models.
Celebrities have the right to choose the way to live their lives and the public should not decide on whether they should lead exemplary lives. Jus like any other person, celebrities are also ordinary people. They have the right to choose their way of life. It is perhaps selfish of the media or the public to judge them and decide on how they should live. However, as these celebrities are often in the limelight, they should lead satisfactory lives. Whilst it is unfair to expect them to be perfect, they should nonetheless live satisfactorily.
Celebrities such as singers of actors were chosen based on their looks or talent and to a lesser degree, character and personality. It is thus an opinionated view to expect them to also set good examples in the way they live. Recent “American Idol” winner Fantasia was chosen based on her talent, despite that she had a daughter out of wedlock. Some may critique the fact that she will not be setting a good example, but her career path as a singer will have little to do with her personal life or mistakes. Therefore, it is a one-sided view that celebrities should lead exemplary lives.
Celebrities such as political leaders have important roles to play in society and due to the massive influence they have on the people, it may be justifiable to assume that they are morally upright and are good role models. On the other hand, singers and actors are also influential, though to a smaller extent, since they are idolised by teenagers. Despite this, it is sometimes biased to assume that they should lead exemplary lives as their main role is to entertain and the public would be selfish to judge them on their mistakes.
Comment by our GP Tutor: : Tis is a thoughtful response, with some good examples to support your observations. I would like to read some evaluation of the kind of qualities which celebrities exhibit – often, they flout conventions, are shocking in their behaviour and do things we wouldn’t. This often goes with the territory, so it could be argued that it isn’t fair to expect them to be good role models. They wouldn’t get where they do if they were less flamboyant. What about the pressures of fame?
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- Toa Payoh Station (Bus services 105 and 153) on the North-South Line,
- Caldecott Station (Bus services 132, 156 on Thomson Rd) and
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- Stevens Station (Bus services 105 and 132 from Opposite Stevens Road) on Downtown Line.
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