Daily Prompt – Second-Hand Stories

What’s the best story someone else has recently told you (in person, preferably)? Share it with us, and feel free to embellish — that’s how good stories become great, after all.

I don’t necessarily have any stories to tell, I’m not the sort of person who finds themselves around people who tell these types of stories, per-se, instead I’m surrounded by braggers.
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Apr 11: Role Models

Should celebrities strive to be role models, or should they not be held to a different standard than the average private citizen?

I thoroughly agree that celebrities should be striving to be role models. They are people who are regularly in the media. They’re people who influence others, and people that others look up to. When people like Justin Bieber are off behaving like an idiot, throwing eggs at cars and houses and peeing into mop buckets, apart from being gross and juvenile, all it does is tell the youth that this sort of behaviour is acceptable.

Yes, on the other hand I do agree that they also deserve to have their own privacy, without being subjected to having their entire lives splashed across the pages of gossip mags, but unfortunately, that’s not how the world operates. It’s just something that comes with the territory of celebrity.

I must acknowledge that there are a number of celebrities who do actively go out of their way to ensure that they are good role models – not just to youth, but to men and women. I must say it’s great when celebrities get on board with social campaigns – it helps give more of a presence of the issue within society. It gets people to stop and think ‘Well, if somebody like *insert celebrity name* is supporting this cause, then maybe I should look into it and think about supporting it too…’ and that’s something so incredibly powerful. Campaigns such as R U Ok and NO H8 are great when they involve celebrity endorsement, because it also shows that even celebrities have a soul, and an opinion, and are prepared to stand up and say something in support of what they consider an important social issue.

Granted, the flip side of this is the hideous celebrity endorsement of all kinds of different products and services. Cosmetic companies are perhaps the worst, signing up different famous women for their next campaign, or for them to be the next ‘face’ of the brand…

-Revlon: Emma Stone, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel

– COVERGIRL: Drew Barrymore, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Rihanna

– M.A.C. VIVA GLAM: Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, RuPaul, Boy George, Missy Elliott

So yes, whilst companies are more than prepared to throw disgusting amounts of money for celebrity endorsement, and lets face it, I highly doubt they would actually be using the products they’re endorsing… isn’t that what re-gifting is all about??

Apr 9 – Scandalous Double Standards

Do you think there are a lot of double standards between men and women when it comes to scandals?

I don’t necessarily believe that there is. Yes, I agree that there are countless double standards between men and women generally speaking, however, when it comes to a scandal, I think it’s a relatively fair playing field – man, woman, it doesn’t matter. Once the word ‘scandal’ is involved, then it’s open warfare with the media. They will tear anybody apart across the front pages of the tabloids, regardless of whoever they are, and what gender they are.

If anything, I think that, again, generally speaking, there are more scandals in the media involving men, simply because men are stupid enough to be doing something scandalous in the first place. What was the last big ‘scandal’ in the media involving a woman?

For me, the first thing that comes to mind is the one revolving around Nigella Lawson not being allowed into the US because she admitted to having used drugs in her past. Granted, this was also following on from her two former employees trying to get their own five minutes of fame claiming that she was quite the nasty horrible drug pig, AND this was after she was photographed in public being choked by her husband.

…but apparently it was all about Nigella, rather than Mr Saatchi… y’know, the guy with his hands around her throat… in public…!! But yes, let’s not focus on that… Nigella’s drug use is MUCH more important.

What a bunch of sexist crap.