America’s Golden Boy? The Michael Phelps’ Drug Fiasco

Golden Boy or Fallen Idol?

Michael Phelps: Golden Boy or Fallen Idol?

There is no hiding from the media frenzy that has been surrounding Michael Phelps within the last week or so.  After admitting that a popular photo of him taking a bong rip was actually real, the incredible athlete has felt the consequences.  He has lost sponsorships, a lot of fans and, from some, a great amount of respect.  Some have argued that he doesn’t deserve his gold medals.  Some are simply dumbfounded that such a great athlete would even “try” drugs.  No matter where you stand on the issue, one thing is for sure – you have an opinion.

Celebrities acting “immorally” has been a hot topic for as long as fame existed.  Just look at the careers of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and most recently, Alex Rodriguez.  These people can not do anything without being analyzed and chastised about their decisions.  It’s obvious that nobody is perfect, but when celebrities aren’t perfect, the news reminds us of the notion.  The media gobble up this kind of news because it is interesting and because people like you and I care about these “outstanding people.”

Of course, while none of us would argue that doing drugs isn’t a negative thing, we collectivley have mixed opinions on the whole Michael Phelps situation.  We agree that he should have known better and we understand that he was acting illegally.  We know that he is a role model to the youth in America, so the whole situation brings certain questions to light – Should the public be more understanding?  Do these actions decrease his swimming talents or does that even matter? Was it the right thing to do for the companies that decided to continue to sponsor him?  Was it the right thing to do for companies that canceled their sponsorships?  Should there be a greater line between being a celebrity and being a private human being?

We’d love to hear what you think.

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2 Responses to “America’s Golden Boy? The Michael Phelps’ Drug Fiasco”

  1. I am somewhat pissed that the “public” feels entitled to stick their noses into what people do on their free time. I don’t even use drugs yet I am convinced that the only reason why they are illegal, is financial. Mixing in morals into the equation is obscene and misleading. Hey, why not punish suicide attempts? They sure are worse for the individual than smoking pot! Same with seat belts. It’s nobody’s business if one wants to “endanger” oneself – it’s one’s God given free will! And none of the authority’s business, really. So what I think is that it’s all artificial. He has won those medals, hasn’t he? And it’s not like the world of high-end leaders is not filled with drugs and sex of all imaginable kinds. So yuck. I don’t like this ado about nothing.

  2. AKobserver49. Says:

    “Should the public be more understanding?” I think the public has been pretty understanding, and rightfully so. It’s mostly the TV talking heads, Kellogg’s and the Richalnd Country Sheriff who are over-reacting. This wasn’t Phelps’ smartest move, but it’s just a little MJ – he didn’t take steriods, beat up his girlfriend or have 14 kids he can’t support.

    “Do these actions decrease his swimming talents or does that even matter?” Of course not – he was drug-tested about every 15 minutes during the Olympics, so you know there was nothing in his system when he competed.

    “Was it the right thing to do for the companies that canceled their sponsorships?” Well, I only know of the one, and it doesn’t seem to be working out well for Kellogg’s. They’re getting blasted everyplace from SNL to CNBC, and it was all so unnecessary – Phelps’ contract was already over, all they had to do was let it lapse quietly instead of making a statement kicking the guy when he’s down.

    “Should there be a greater line between being a celebrity and being a private human being?” Are you kidding me? I have 4 words for you – Diana, Princess of Wales.

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