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Man, this article hit the nail right on the head. He addressed one of the biggest problems (I feel) of our society, which is a lack of quality role models for our young people.
Young people have always looked up to sports stars and musicians. It was true when I was a kid, and it's true today. I live across the river from Portland, Oregon. Home of the Trail Blazers. Never a great team, really. But back in the early nineties they were doing pretty good, so I still remember some of the names--Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter. And there were others in the NBA, too--Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Byrd. And these were all stand up dudes. Always presented a good image, Even when Magic Johnson got HIV because of his promiscuous lifestyle, he held a press conference. He told the kids "don't do what I did". He owned it, and told his fans to make better choices. I still remember kids at school talking about that the next day.
Who do kids today got to look up to? A bunch of thugs and criminals, if you ask me. They defy authority, disrespect everybody and flaunt it. Murder charges, drug charges, domestic assaults--the list goes on with todays sports stars.
How about the music stars? Not much better. Seems every time a young person makes it big, they usually turn into a giant ass. Miley Cyrus? Justin Bieber? It's a good thing MTV doesn't show music videos anymore--less chance my kids will become interested in these wastes of talent.
Honestly, if you want to know why people act the way they do, just look at their idols.
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You hit it right on the money, I couldn't have said it better myself my friend.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:40:10 PM
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Totally agree. I also think reality shows like that Teen Moms and Kardashian could also be pointed at as poor choice of role models. When I was a teenager, you would never hear a girl be proud she's pregnant. It goes so much further then just athletes and "rock" stars.