Monday, October 5, 2009

Steve-O: Madman or Dude with Character?

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Steve-O: Madman or Dude with Character?
It’s the 21st century. Do you know who your children’s roles models are?
Author: Christine Lakatos — Published: Oct 04, 2009 at 12:40 pm
At the beginning of the school year my teenage daughter was given an assignment by her eighth grade home economics teacher to write an essay about a person (living or dead) who represents "exemplary character." When I learned about this essay I was excited; after all, character is something we should showcase and instill in our children. I assumed my child would select someone like Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr., maybe an astronaut, athlete or a president, or possibly my favorite, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

My daughter's choice for her “character essay" was Steve-O. What? I must admit that when I first found out about her choice I was kind of puzzled, but later I had a good laugh — only my kid! If you've never heard of Steve-O, which until this year I hadn't, he is one of the stars of Jackass and the hit movie spin-offs, Jackass 1, 2, and 2.5, all of which include ridiculous, pain-inflicting stunts and embarrassing pranks.

I have to point out that I am no fan of the Jackass movies and could never quite see the fascination of it all. However, I did watch an hour-long documentary, Steve-O: Demise and Rise, based on his personal life. This documentary is a "brutally honest one-hour special about his descent into madness and the consequent intervention that saved his life", which premiered on May 3, 2009 on MTV. While some reviews have labeled this documentary as "a cautionary tale and/or as exploitation," my take is mixed and when I viewed it I was somewhat squeamish, but then again, reality can have that affect.

Here is an excerpt from my daughter, Angelica's, "character essay":

Click her to read the essay and the rest of the story...

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