Do celebrities have a greater social responsibility?

Singapore
October 18, 2006 12:14pm CST
When a celebrity or a well known personality breaches the law, such as being caught drunk driving, do you think he warrants a stiffer penalty as he is public figure?
2 responses
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
19 Oct 06
While celebrities do have a greater responsibility, I don't know that it would be fair for them to have stiffer penalties. The law is meant for all of us fairly, and equally. I do however have a problem with them getting off with basically a slap on the wrist, or something. That is a terrible message to send to younger people who idolize them. I think maybe they should get extra time doing community service as part of their punishment, or even talking to young people how it (whatever the crime) doesn't pay.
• Singapore
19 Oct 06
Thanks JoyfulOne. Agree with you that if the celebrity is repentant, it's a good suggestion for him/her to redeem himself/herself by doing community service.
@rmuxagirl (7561)
• United States
19 Oct 06
They do have a greater responsibility to be an example to the younger generations that look up to them, but I don't think they need a stiffer penalty, but at the same time I don't think they need leniency b/c they are a celebrity.