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January 22, 2012

Tim Tebow: Hero or anti-hero?

Each year the Grammys offer Americans a peek into the bizarre lives of America’s celebrities. For sheer bizarreness it’s hard to beat Lady Gaga’s arrival at last year’s Grammys in a large egg. During the program she “hatched” and performed a dance number called Born This Way, a celebration of homosexuality.

Just now 25 years of age, Lady Gaga’s outrageous antics have made her one of the most recognizable, controversial figures on the planet. On YouTube she is more popular than Elvis, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones and every other popular group put together.

But does knowing how to get attention make Lady Gaga a hero?  Fortunately not. When asked who they admire the most, Barna Research found that two/thirds of students named a parent, teacher, coach or pastor. Celebrity may be celebrated, but at the end of the day teens want to follow in the footsteps of those they see as loving, polite, courageous, fun, encouraging,  hard-working, intelligent, faithful, talented, and confident.

Thus the Tebow phenomenon. What really upsets people about Tim Tebow is that his relentlessly positive, overtly faithful approach to life stands in stark contrast to the hollowness of the “look how awesome I am” cult of celebrity.

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