Do celebrities have a social responsibility towards their audience?

Every celebrity is on social media with millions of followers. Most of them are teenagers that look to up to these people and consider them to be their role models. They have a stronger influence on children and they want a lifestyle similar to theirs. If they see an actor they really like or look up to, doing drugs then they might think it's okay to do so. The female celebrities get plastic surgery and face lifts and lip enhancers. I knew a girl who got her lips bigger artificially just because she saw a fashion blogger on instagram do so. Should they keep this in mind or they're free to do anything they want? Do celebrities have a social responsibility towards their audience?
  • Celebrities do have a social responsibility
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  • They're free to do anything they want
    Vote B
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Hmmm. The poll results are quite interesting

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What Girls Said 16

  • They are pressured into certain responsibilities to keep up the publicity but a lot of the best artists out there are unknown. They choose to stay hat way because they don’t want to be involved in the world like the world is involved with celebrities.

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  • I do not believe they have a social responsibility, unless they actively pursued a very specific target audience. Then at that point, yes, they have accepted every consequence that will come in the future.

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  • They can do what ever they please, but they know a lot of people listen to them and follow their lead. As a common person I know my younger cousins and family members might pick up my lead, so I can't be irresponsible.

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  • I think we all carry some social responsibility, that's what makes us a society. The don't have any legal obligation but they certainly have a moral one as we all do to try and make things better.

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  • They’re free to do whatever they want, but most of them are selfish and likely incapable of understanding the consequences of influencing young minds with garbage.

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  • Why do we expect famous people to be role models? Ignorant in my opinion

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      Tbh no celebs are role models. They are almost all freaking weirdos in their personal lives. Very few exceptions, and the ones who are good role models usually aren't big A list stars.

  • Social responsibility yes, political responsibility no.

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  • they have to acknowledge they have younger fans
    so technically they have to be a role model to them

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  • Technically they can do what they want, but should be responsible just out of care for their fans. If you have power to influence others, why not imfluence in a positive way?

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  • I think it is totally up to then if they want to interact with their fans.

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  • Whether or not they like it. They have to uphold some sort of imagine, at least for younger fans.

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  • No one is responsible for what some one else does.

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  • The have an impact, but not a responsibility

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  • they do but u can't force them to care. lol

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  • I admire celebrities who actually contribute to the community. Yes they are free to do whatever they want just like all human beings. But when they use their money for power to get away with things is when I stop respecting them just like how I would towards a nonfamous person. Let's not forget that movie and show directors are still living with millions of dollars freely even though they have evidence of sexually molesting kids and women. Think about that and see who you are really supporting. This is why I don't really support Hollywood not would I even waste money to watch their movies and etc.

    Celebtrities have the luck and Fame with money and power. They should use that to help those who need it. This is the problem with America. Actors and actresses make millions of dollars whereas soldiers fighting for our country return with no jobs and homeless... people who risk their lives saving people make less than celebrities. Think about it.

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    • 4d

      So you're butthurt because they are rich and famous? Okay

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      Na. Butthurt because they get away with murder and violence, getting away with hurting people.

  • No but it's high time we all realise that a celebrity's opinion is worth no more than anyone else's and it's time celebrities realised it.
    https://youtu.be/U4ENWSYhu68

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What Guys Said 43

  • No. Individual people are responsible for their own actions and their own actions only. That applies to both the celebrities and their followers alike.
    If people want to behave like sheep and copy other people without any thought towards potential consequences then that's on them, not the person they are copying.

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      I think you misunderstand the question.

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      With great power comes great responsibility.

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      @SarahsSummer Quoting Uncle Ben doesn't constitute an argument, unfortunately. These people only have as much power as we give them. If stupid people are being put in positions of power (i. e. the Kardashian example) then I think there is a much larger issue here than the responsibility of celebrities. Wouldn't you agree?

  • they don't have a responsibility but they may feel compelled. the only difference between a celebrity and the average civilian is that they have a mouthpiece to voice their feelings that is far reaching.

    we can look at this site and see plenty of people with strong opinions voicing them regularly. and i imagine if they were wealthier or famous many would use that spotlight to share their feelings

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  • No, they do not. Some garner an audience of millions, which means that there is a guarantee for bad apples to be among the bunch - you can not reasonable expect one person to hold them all by the hand.

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  • Celebrities should think over what they're doing and publishing, because what they do can influence their audience and especially if they're young. But there's no need of an own law and no one should force celebrities to do anything. They're [usually] adults, should be allowed to take their own decisions and choose to take the consequences like criticism. Since celebrities are public figures, therefor they would get more criticism and have to be more open for it. If you can't take it, you should quit your job as a celebrity.

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  • So, well before your time, there was a basketball player named Charles Barkley (you may know him in his role as an analyst for the NBA broadcasts on TNT if you live in the US), who made a great Nike commercial when I was in junior high...

    https://youtu.be/4gqk4WPnrpM

    Couldn’t agree more. There are a lot of lazy parents out there. We talk about parents with such reverence because we’re taught to blindly respect our own, even when they sometimes don’t deserve it. As an adult, I meet all kinds of people, and sometimes I’m left with the opinion “that person is a piece of shit...”, and then you realize they have children who look up to them and are learning how to live and act from them, blindly. That’s scary enough. But ultimately, it’s not my business, so I can’t and wouldn’t intervene unless I saw something wildly extreme that truly endangered the child. So we’re already stuck with hit-or-miss role models in our own parents.

    Now you throw celebrities in the mix... half of these celebrities are kids themselves or barely adults. Do you think Justin Bieber or one of the Kardashian/Jenner clan have ANY clue what it’s like to live like normal people and have any kind of grounding in reality? These people are bajillionaires who have been flying on private jets since they were 14, in a lot of cases. And even if you take away their clearly abnormal lives and perspectives, most celebrities are entertainers, they’re either good at singing, acting, looking attractive, or are elite athletes. They aren’t famous for being decent, wise, or morally/ethically admirable people, in most cases. They have a skill, we are entertained by that skill, and one thing Americans for sure pay through the nose for is to be entertained. If we’re mad that these people are wildly rich and people who make more functional contributions AREN’T, we have ourselves to blame, we set the market price through our demand for concerts, sporting events, TV shows, and movies.

    So you’ve got a bunch of people, very often in their teens and 20s (aka the “don’t know your ass from your elbow” years) running around with crazy wealth, which is what many ultimately admire and covet for ourselves. But that doesn’t mean you should take your cues from them about anything other than the field they’ve excelled in. A young basketball player could learn a lot from Charles Barkley, but just about basketball.

    https://youtu.be/4gqk4WPnrpM

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      Christ, posted the video twice lmao. I am not a role model either😂

  • They should be free to do what they want because they are human like us and make mistakes, but they should probably know that people will look up to them.

    People should also use common sense and don't look up to celebrities who do stupid/excessive things or don't expect to have a similar lifestyle or expectations to someone who's rich and famous, when you if yourself aren't.

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  • No, they can and should do whatever they want.

    That means they also have no room to complain if their ridiculous antics draw criticism. It is extremely dumb for an entertainer to take political sides, because they effectively cut their potential audience in half.

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  • They don't have a responsibility to any one but themselves. Now should they try to be conscious of what they do and how it may impact people? Yes of course, but then so should every body, but its not a responsibility, they are not accountable for the actions of others.

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  • No one has a social responsibility. Celebrities included. We just admire those who feel responsible, who are kind, who do try to help, who advocate to make changes for the good, etc.

    Well, some of us do.

    At GaG, things get weird. You get the feeling that people want kindness outlawed because it makes them feel guilty.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWVX3T9b3s

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  • Their only responsability is to shut up. You're an entertainer, entertain.
    They shouldn't even voice their political opinion, because people will vote to follow their idol more than voicing their own opinion.

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  • Well honestly the two options you have here aren't really mutually exclusive
    There is a social responsibility if you are an icon to many but it is a free choice if to accept that responsibility
    It is a byproduct of plying certain crafts one that is not necessarily asked for

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  • Mix of boths scewed to option B a little.
    Yet again. Black or white. Good or evil. I don't blame you, I blame the society. Yes, oh, the horrible society.
    It's a scale. There are more options. There are yes and no's, but in certain context (yes, that horrible thing), and so on.

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  • No they do not. Celebrities nor athletes are responsible for the children of others.

    Parents should just invest in raising their children much better.

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  • Unfortunately, so called celebrities are just normal people with an entitlement complex and lots of money.
    While they have a responsibility, they lack accountability.

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  • I think there is an implied responsbility, but that goes for all of us that have contact with kids and other young people.

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  • I think they do. Their opinions and lavish lifestyles matter more to the youth than the words of direct influencers such as parents and teachers.

    If you talk about things, people pick up on them. Simple. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

    Social influencers are in fact powerful. Especially with this new team oriented lifestyle we’re trapped in.

    Of course no one at all would like to take responsibility for their actions and lifestyle especially as large influences on others.

    But it’s whatever, because of the wealth they command no one will care. 🤷🏿‍♂️ That’s the reality.

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  • our obligation is to remember that while they are great entertainers they may not be any more intelligent or informed than you or me.

    They have access to the public due to their position, but it has no bearing as to the value of their thinking.

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  • No one lives in a vacuum. They choose to live their lives in the spotlight where what they do and say influences other people. Their words and actions have consequences.

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  • Social responsibility? Oh puuleeeaaase. Most of them - especially the "sit com" group should start by learning how to ACT!

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  • They have some responsibility. They, whether they like it or not, are influencers. But their own freedom should be put fist.

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  • Those are two stupid poll options. No, a celebrity doesn't have a responsibility toward their audience. No, they aren't free to do whatever they want. They have a responsibility to follow rules and abide by laws like everyone else. Some parents have shitty kids and are looking for someone to blame. People need to accept 100% accountability for their actions. Both celebrities and their fans. If you're kid is more influenced by a celebrity who they've never met than by their parents than why target the celebrities? Why not question the parenting?

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  • They're free to do what they want. Parents have a responsibility to raise children who aren't dumb enough to do things just because families people do them.

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  • yes they do. cause if you want it or not, you are an influencer as a celeb and with influence comes responsibility.

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  • Uh... no, they're free to do anything they want. They aren't elected officials or politicians.

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  • I think this especially applies if you have a young audience... they're making you famous therefore you should be a good role model

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  • The whole celebrity worship and comparo shtick is a giant fail. For a LOT of reasons.

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  • No. Parents are responsible for their children, and adults are responsible for themselves. While I do dislike celebrities who do dumb things (getting drunk, doing drugs, etc), that doesn't mean that they are responsible for what a "regular" person does (unless they threatened such person). Celebrities have the luxury of hiding behind characters that they portray in their films/TV series. "Real" people (usually) do not. They typically resort to deception/lying. Celebrities are merely spokespeople for the entertainment industry.

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  • No. They can do as they please as long as it doesn't go against the law.
    Let's focus on the problem here, which is the bad parenting. The reason kids look up to celebrities is because they don't have anyone to look up to that is close to them. While there's kids that look up to their dad or mom, there's others that the "closest" thing they have is a celebrity, and that's due to bad parenting.
    Parents should show the reality of celebrities to kids, and tell them not to glorify another human being just like them.

    The only social responsibility I would say celebrities should have, is getting themselves out of the pedestal they're in.

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  • clearly not, it depends who were talking about but we know how most of them are

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  • Their social responsibility is to remember that the are court jesters, not elected officials.

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