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    Do Celebrities Have Ethical Responsibilities to Set Good Examples for Young People?

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    In three pages this argumentative essay supports the notion that celebrities in the media spotlight are ethically responsible to set a positive example for young people. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    every move is showcased on a global stage. But for every Britney Spears or Paris Hilton that represent negative influences on young people, there are celebrities like film star  Angelina Jolie who travels the world as a United Nations childrens ambassador. Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt may not be married in the conventional sense, but they are  instilling in young people throughout the world what it means to give back to the less fortunate. Jolie has been quoted as saying "she feels vastly overpaid for what  she does" and that she it is her social responsibility to make charitable contributions and to use her celebrity status to promote causes she believes in (Guider, 2006). This  sentiment is echoed by sports personalities like soccer star David Beckham and international goodwill ambassador Bono of the rock band U2. But perhaps more than anyone else, media celebrity  Oprah Winfrey has, as her friend Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (2006) noted, "an abiding commitment to the principles of goodness and generosity that transcend any one individual" (p. 54).  Winfrey is a true American rags to riches story, a poor Mississippi girl who made her dreams come true through education, hard work, and unwavering dedication to achieving her  goals while never forgetting the importance of setting a positive example. Oprah has freely acknowledged how celebrities served as inspirational role models for her growing up and she feels  a similar commitment to todays youth. This has led to several philanthropic endeavors including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to provide girls with the  educational and moral tools to become effective leaders in the twenty-first century (Rise, 2006). But should celebrities have ethical responsibilities to set a good example for young people? The 

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