Stars are only human - look deeper for role models

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 July, 2006, 12:00am

Teenagers always have favourite singers who they worship and spend lots of money on, buying their photos, concert tickets and music.

I think singers should be more responsible.

Some of them smoke, do drugs or break laws, like speeding or drink-driving.

Teenagers will often pick up these habits.

Singers should use their influence to spread more positive messages such as saving the environment and not wasting resources.

They should be invited to schools to talk about responsibility as this sets a better example for teens.


Leung Shek Chee College

Thanks for your letter, Carmen. Singers do have a responsibility to their fans. They should set a good example and behave themselves at all times, but this is not always the case.

The glamorous world of the entertainment business and the real world of school and exams are poles apart. Singers deal with temptations and challenges that you or I are unlikely to face. When they fall from grace, it's usually a big, public fall. Splat!

There is nothing wrong with being a fan of a particular singer or actor, just don't expect them to be perfect! If you are looking for a good role model, I would suggest you focus on someone's personality (strength, courage etc) and their achievements, rather than just their looks.

Kate, Editor