It is disturbing the spate at which the world is losing some of its influential celebrities to drugs.
Over the past decade, drugs have snatched influential celebrities including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse (well hers was alcohol intoxication), and now Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All these deaths have one thing in common, a habit that in the face of laws and in the eyes of their fans are unpardonable; lifestyles that the police arrest their fans for on a daily basis.
Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Whitney Houston was found face down in a water-filled bathtub with a “bloody purge coming from her nose.” Remnants of a “white powdery substance” were on multiple surfaces in the bathroom of her room in the Beverly Hilton hotel, along with the spoon and rolled up paper.
Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead, Sunday, February 2, of an apparent drug overdose late Sunday morning in his New York City apartment, authorities said.
Where I come from, we don’t speak ill of the dead, but it is disheartening that the world is quick to heap praises on some of these personalities for “a well lived life” but fails to help them when they become enslaved to drugs.
The world is still fighting a difficult battle against drugs – cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine – and while these celebrities – who are role models – have the power to help fight and win this battle, they rather fall victim to drugs.
If they dine secretly with drug abuse – an enemy of society – how can they possibly help fight it?
It is time authorities and the police took the battle to these so-called role models who are sometimes stuck in a life of deceit but pose an innocent smile to the cameras as if all is well.
It hurts to see the world lose one celebrity after another. We must therefore appreciate that they are equally human and face daily temptations to which they may fall, especially temptations to use drugs.
Celebrities have a large following across the world, they can be agents of change. They are paid huge sums to use their status to always change consumer attitudes towards a brand and a product.
With such idolising status, celebrities serving time in jail for drug use will serve as a deterrent. The law on drug abuse should not discriminate between ordinary citizens of the world and celebrities – it must apply equally to all.
The world cannot continue to lose influential persons to drugs. Imagine, your son, daughter, brother, sister, friend or any relation looking up to a celebrity who abuses drugs as a role model. It is obvious that he or she may begin to adopt that lifestyle.
Let us be careful who our relations choose as celebrity role models. Justin Bieber, for example, is largely acknowledged as becoming a bad influence on young people but he is a role model to many. His persistent arrests for drug related offences and other bad behaviour should make parents whose children look up to people like him, worried.
To save the world, we must be truthful and blunt. We must not hail a bad celebrity and the negative effects they are having on society. Let us help set good examples; celebrities must be good role models and agents of positive change for young people and examples of bad repugnant behaviour.
When society goes bad, we all suffer – we will pay a terrible price if we copy too much and copy blindly. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)
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