Sunday 23 April 2017

Is it fair to place burden of being a role model on celebrities?

Madonna was a wild-child in her early days. PA
Madonna was a wild-child in her early days. PA
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Can celebrities be good role models? Should they have to be? Former wild-child stars like the now mature and reflective Angelina Jolie and Madonna have raised awareness of important issues – Jolie by choosing to talk about her preventative double mastectomy and Madonna by adopting two children from Malawi.

But while these grown-up celebrities are now 'doing good', the younger stars are finding it more difficult.

You can't help feeling sorry for all those young celebrities who found fame on the Disney Channel. They seem to get lumbered with having to carry that 'teeny-bopper' audience with them as they grow up. Even when the stars themselves are no longer teens and are trying to mature as entertainers, they are expected to remain teen idols.

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