Heroes are people who teach and inspire us. My heroes are those who have faced the darkness of their past, and survived. In my view Fallen Heroes become Truth Heroes, when they take responsibility for their actions.
Should they be exempt?
Even the most high-profile of household names can have dark pasts, heroes definitely aren’t perfect, yet they carry a tremendous amount of influence. But when every word is recorded and every mishap is news, heroes are under even more pressure to behave perfectly. Our Heroes are human beings who transcend above the rest of us, but like the billions of other humans on this Earth, they are just as equally flawed. So, should our heroes be exempt from criticism, should they be allowed a free pass? Some would argue yes. Given the strain of living under a microscope, it’s natural for them to be human and slip.
I put forward that our Heroes are not like us. Of course they are human like the rest of us but they are greatly influential too, often shaping the culture we live in. While that is admittedly a lot of pressure to carry, it should most definitely come with responsibility.
Examples from History
As evident from history, hero worship can easily go from brushing aside simple misunderstandings to blindly ignoring actual crimes;
- First of all Woody Allen sexually assaulted his daughter and is still revered in Hollywood.
- Also Sean Penn assaulted Madonna to the point of near death yet presented an Oscar last year.
- Another is Chris Brown who beat Rihanna publicly and is on a national tour.
- In addition, Eminem built his entire career on violent misogyny and has won 28 awards as a result.
- Finally, Bill Cosby raped an entire slew of women and his comedy tour sold out.
These are blatant acts of terror that we collectively ignored in the name of hero worship.
If heroes are indeed human beings, then they deserve to be treated like one, including being held accountable for their actions.
Like the rest of us, they need to understand their actions so in turn, they can help others promote better values and behaviour. They should not be in conflict with their obligations as a good human, and we are definitely not exempt from calling out lies as we see it.
So beyond the fanfare, after the scandal, when the truth is finally out, admitted and confessed, Fallen Heroes become Truth Heroes.
Heroes like Hansie, Joost & Lance, who eventually told the truth and in my opinion redeemed themselves, thus remain my Heroes.
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