We’ve all heard about, and some of us not by choice, but here it is: underage Justin Bieber was recently caught drug racing in his Lamborghini whilst under the influence of alcohol and other – not so legal – substances. The court has stated that good ol’ JB won’t be getting any special treatment, but the fans lined up outside the jail awaiting Justin’s release regardless. With such a huge following, it’s worrying that Justin acts in such an inappropriate manner. You’ve got to ask yourself what kind of example is he setting for his fans and the younger generation.
The one flaw the justice system has, is that it charges on actions rather than intent. Think about it. A drunk man drives around a corner and kills a little girl, he’s sentenced to life. Yet, another drunk man drives around a corner and crashes into a tree, and there’s no problem. Both men had the same intent and were disobeying the law to the same extent. Both could have killed someone due to their inebriation. Driving under the influence takes at least 30 lives every day. That’s one death per 48 minutes, all because the intoxicated party was selfish enough to drive whilst under the influence.
That’s right. When you drive drunk, you’re being selfish. Not only are you endangering your own life, but the lives of those around you. What makes this all worse, is that about 1/3rd of all drivers arrested for drunk driving are repeat offenders. These are people who are only interested in their own gratification, and unfortunately that costs lives. In the state of California alone, over 280,000 DUI arrests were made in 2013. That’s a whole lot of drunk driving, and a whole lot of possibility for fatalities. The U.S.A has about four times the amount of fatal accidents than those in the U.K, Germany and Australia combined. The numbers don’t lie. The only way to attack the issue of drunk driving is to dispel it as a plausible behaviour in the minds of young children.
And who has the most influence over those precious young minds? Those adolescents who look for leadership in the strangest places? You guessed it… Bieber.
Celebrities aren’t just famous actors, singers or songwriters anymore. They’re idols. And idols are often mimicked by their fans or followers. With the advent of social media, it’s even easier for fans to stay connected with their idols every day, all day. They’re inundated with the attitudes and actions of their stars, and popular culture teaches them to emulate what actions they do take. This kind of star worship has been around since the times of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and earlier, yet their behaviour wasn’t half as detrimental as those of the likes of Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus for instance.
Coupled with the fact that these stars are so young and subject to so much pressure, they’re bound to find an outlet which is less than responsible and sets a bad example. What’s worse is that they don’t seem all too concerned about it. They believe it’s not a big deal and they can get out of it with ease. That attitude is heavily detrimental to a youth who will take that attitude, blow it out of proportion and end up disobeying the law and driving under the influence because drag racing and endangering lives is just too ‘cool’.
So, what can we do about it? Raise your children to worship themselves and the lives of those around them. Pull down their false idols by equipping them with knowledge rather than the need for gratification. Oh, and don’t watch too much T.V. You know… the usual.
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