Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rob: An Open Letter To All Celebrities

To Every Single Celebrity,

From the A-list to the C-list. From the reality stars to the famous sports personalities. From the celebrity bloggers to the musicians. This is a letter to each and every one of you.

As a father of three very young and impressionable girls, I implore you to take a few minutes and consider these words. I promise to keep this short and won't chastise.

Instead, I merely want to ask you to think about the power and influence you have through your very celebrity. I want to ask you to think about the fact that many will accept your messages just because you are famous.

Please do not misinterpret what I'm saying. I'm sure you are smart, intelligent, thoughtful people and I am in no way, shape or form trying to tell you not to have an opinion.

Rather, I'm asking you to consider the consequences of your words and actions, intended or otherwise, because it is very likely that you will influence those in awe of your celebrity.

By no means am I saying that your actions are necessarily a negative thing. I'm certain that many of you are already doing positive work around the world. But in today's age of instant messaging and immediate electronic news feeds, your words and actions will reach a wide and varied audience, like my daughters, in about a millisecond.

So instead, I'd like to ask you to consider pausing for a just a few moments before you speak or do and consider the possible impact your words and actions might have on young and impressionable minds.

I'm certainly not telling you how to live your life or what causes you should support. I do however, think it's fair to ask you all, whatever form you celebrity you are, to pause and consider the consequences of your actions.

Thank you in advance for considering my request.

Sincerely,

A Father of Three Girls




























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30 comments:

  1. I do think celebrities have a responsibility. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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  2. Miley Cyrus is a prime example of a celebrity you don't want your girls imitating! Thanks for commenting on my post :) #brilliantblogposts

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    1. So true. I really liked her during the Hannah Montana days but try explaining that to your kids. (She was great and then .....) My pleasure and thnk you for reading.

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  3. I agree! Too many celebrities get caught up in the money and the fame. They forget to think which they have to live with that decision forever. I could name celebrities but I might be here forever. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! #momsterslink

    Kristen

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    1. Thanks for reading Kristen. The funny thing is that I think we all get that mistakes happen but if they would just take two seconds and think before acting, it would help everyone.

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  4. Your girls are so cute Rob! And I totally understand what you are trying to say as I have two girls of my own. I also have 3 boys and personalities from boys to girls are just so different. Girls are so much more impressionable. Loved your letter and thank you for linking up to to #momsterslink If you get a chance here's a post I wrote to my daughters. http://domesticatedmomster.com/2015/02/21/survival-tools-for-my-daughters/

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    1. My pleasure. I can't imagine having five children. We are in total chaos with just three. My hat is off to you. I will definitely check it out. Thanks again for hosting.

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  5. This is a very sweet letter from a concerned parent. I feel the same about celebrities and I hope my children don't 'worship' celebs as some teenagers do.

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    1. Thanks Jenn. I can see how my girls love Taylor Swift and I just want to remind them that while she's a talented musician, I'm not sure that you need to take advice from her on anything other than that.

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  6. Hear, hear Rob I feel the concern and pain that the influence of the outside world including celebrities. Just when you think you have someone that might be a good role model they go and make a sex tape. Sad....sad.....sad. Lovely letter though. Mel xx #momsterslink

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    1. Thanks for reading Melanie. I was just saying in a reply above, I think we can forgive the genuine mistakes that celebrities make but if they would just take a minute or two to think, most of these could be avoided.

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  7. It's very true - with how celebs (and indeed us) all live our lives online these days via social media, it does really highlight how people can both positively affect, and negatively impact impressionable people.

    There definitely needs to be more awareness about how certain actions are perceived and that yes, that it should come with a certain level of responsibility too.

    With great power comes great responsibility etc etc

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    1. Well put Penny. I'm certainly not saying celebrities can't and won't make mistakes but if we all would just take a few seconds before we spoke or did, I suspect a lot of the silliness could be avoided.

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  8. nice letter, as much as celebrities are allowed to make mistakes, they are human after all, they need to be aware of how much influence they have.

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    1. Thanks Ellen. It's true and I think sometimes celebrities are thrust into the public spotlight and are unprepared for the scrutiny. It can't be easy being famous but I don't think that in and of itself should be an excuse.

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  9. Great post - I think it comes with being famous that you have to consider how your actions will affect others. I also think there is a responsibility on the adults in children's lives to educate them to not follow anyone and to just be themselves as well. #momsterslink
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Debbie. It's so true and it's hared to teach the kids that these people put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. They are just human and in many cases, while they have talent in a particular area, that doesn't make them experts on everything.

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  10. I think the problem is that some of the celebrities children idolise are young themselves and make lots of silly and impetuous mistakes and perhaps do not understand the influence they have. As for the older celebrities they really should know better!

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    1. So true Laura. I think about the regular troop of Disney kid actors who go on to careers (Selena Gomez, Britney, etc.) and it really seems to be the ones with grounded parents who keep their heads on straight. It's easy to forgive one or even two mistakes (assuming they are too bad) but if everyone could just take that two seconds to consider their actions or words, I'm sure it would avoid a lot of issues.

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  11. lovely post!
    check out my blog + follow back?

    xo,
    Jess | wildvagabondss.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for reading and I'll definitely check out your blog.

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  12. Two words: Miley. Minaj.

    Shudder. (Ok that's three.)

    #Momsterslink

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    1. Miley Cyrus is really a bit too much lately. Too much that nothing she does shocks me anymore but I wish she would think before she will do more antics as her fans are the younger ones =(

      #pocolo

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  13. Perfectly put! It is sad to think that in this day and age the celebrities we do not want our children to look up to are the ones that they see the most in the media. As my son grows older I hope he will be inspired more by me as his Father than any celebrity out there. #bigfatlinky

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    1. Thanks Matthew. I know, I hope that I can convince my kids that I should be a good role model. Really I think i hope that I can be a good role model and sometimes I should probably take my own advice.

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  14. Back again from #bigfatlinky :)
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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  15. They do have a responsibility over the message that they put out there. It is not all just about themselves and self expression.

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    1. So true Kirsten. Celebrities need to think about the influence they have on others. Thanks for reading.

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  16. Completely agree. Far too any celebs get caught in an expected lifestyle and end up forgetting their impressionable audience. Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week.

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