These 5 celebrities aren’t interested in being role models or setting good examples for their fans to follow, instead believing that they should be allowed to be free, to act how they want, to learn from their own mistakes. They don’t want people copying them or looking up to the way they behave – they find that idea constraining and don’t want it to be a part of their lives. Some just aren’t comfortable with setting the standards for others to follow, while others say they behave too badly for others to look up to them and don’t advise anyone to look up to them as a role model for their own personal lives.
Cher says she isn’t a role model but does advise people to be themselves: ‘I don’t plan to be a role model. I’m not like, ‘Yeah, I can change this, you should be like me.’ But it’s good to think that some girls do look up to me, and hopefully for the right reasons. The one thing I want to make clear to anyone who does look up to me is that they should be whoever they want to be and not worry what other people are doing. Just do what you want to do.”
Taylor doesn’t understand why she’s supposed to change the way she is for others: “I smoke, so what? Why do people give a s**t what a 16-year-old girl who they’ve never met does? It’s not like I’m sitting there going, ‘Kids, you should go buy a pack of cigarettes.’When I walk outside with a cigarette and someone takes a picture of it and puts it on the internet, it’s not my problem. I’m just living my life and I’m not gonna live my life for other people.I don’t read that c**p that describes me as having an attitude, but I don’t know why that’s a bad thing. I didn’t get into this to be a role model for seven-year-olds. I have no interest in doing that.”
Robert doesn’t believe actors should try to be role models: “That’s the least of my concerns. I think it’s so ridiculous, people putting pressure on the arts. I think parents should be the ones who teach kids. The more you try to hide things like that, the more exciting and appealing they are. The abstinence movement is only a reaction to everybody being so obsessed with sex for the past 20 years or so. It’s crazy to think that young people, when their hormones are most raging, are suddenly like, ‘Oh, I don’t want any of that.’ “
Naomi thinks she’s a bad role model because she’s made many mistakes in her life: “I make many mistakes. Many mistakes. I’m not a perfect human being. I have to learn from my mistakes. And a lot of the ones I’ve made have been public. So I always get nervous when people speak about something that sounds like a role model, because I don’t know if I’ve been a great role model myself. I don’t think I have in certain aspects of my life. But I’m trying to do better. I admit to my mistakes. I admit to the things that I’ve done wrong. I admit it. But I’m trying to do right by myself and my life now.”
Jared doesn’t want people looking up to him because he wants the freedom to do what he pleases: “I can do whatever the f**k I want. I have no responsibility to uphold an image. I don’t subscribe to the notion the artist is a role model by default. Look to the idea that you could be a poor white-trash kid and along with your brother put one foot in front of the other and make your dream come true. That’s the lesson. It’s not if I failed here and there with my life, or made mistakes. To have to keep secrets would be pointless.”