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Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Posted February 6, 2010

Published in Lifestyle

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What Price Blagojevich?

Read More: celebrity, Rod Blagojevich, role modeling, television, The Apprentice

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I saw a commercial on TV for the new season of "The Apprentice," which indicated that Rod Blagojevich, the ex-Governor of Illinois, is going to be one of the show's contestants. Certainly, I'm not surprised. Over the years, Americans have made heroes and celebrities out of a variety of people with unethical standards and behaviors.

I am sure it will be entertaining to many people to see one more charismatic character with no moral compass strutting and prancing about on the TV screen, which is why the producers of "The Apprentice" chose to put him on the show in the first place: he'll be good for ratings.

Unfortunately, it's not good for America. It's not a good message to be sending to the world, in general, and our children, in particular, that one can lie, cheat, steal, and then end up becoming a celebrity on TV with a big pile of cash.

We should not be watching and supporting shows of this nature that glorify people of his ilk. It is not good role modeling. It does not elevate our nation's collective conscience. Our world is currently in the mess it is in, to a large degree, because we have tolerated and supported the behaviors of inferior, ethically-challenged individuals.

Yes, of course, it's just a TV show. But it's not harmless. It's essentially encouraging more corrupt behavior by reinforcing the message that one is more likely to be rewarded by acting inappropriately as opposed to taking the moral high ground.

Certainly there must be other TV shows we can watch that will entertain us without elevating people of poor character to exalted celebrity status.

It behooves us to boycott anything out there that promotes fallen public figures and felons who are shallow, self-centered, and dangerous to the fabric of our society because when we cooperate by viewing and supporting such people we are telling the producers who hire those people that they should continue to do so, rather than find other, more elevated ways to make money.


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