I do not think that all professional athletes or musicians should be role models. I feel that many athletes and musicians are positive. However, there are also some that act very negatively. Many of the negative ones talk about drugs, guns, and going to jail like it’s cool. I can’t imagine anything enjoyable about being high, getting shot or being incarcerated. Unfortunately, our youth seems to like these celebrities most. We need to expose our youth to the positive athletes and musicians. However, It’s not only our youth that needs to listen to and take in positive things. Some adults give negative and false information to the youth, and the youth passes it on. Maybe we should stop looking to celebrities as our only role models. Entertainment and athletics pays well, but teachers, firemen, policemen, doctors and members of the military perform jobs that matter more. They earn a small fraction of what entertainers and athletes are compensated, but their jobs are more important to society.
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