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AIBU for being sick of Olympic Athletes being called 'Heroes'

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HoveringKestrel Mon 29-Apr-13 23:48:29

I know, I know, its great to be healthy. And I know that the atheletes did the UK proud when the World was watching.

I also know I would rather my hypothetical children listen to an athlete and wonderful role model like Jessica Ennis than somebody like Katie Price or somebody off Made In Chelsea.

But sometimes, on talk shows, I would rather hear about the 'Dedicated Midwife' or the 'Excellent Samaritan'

I'm probably not saying my point properly, because it might just be a thought I can't put into words. So am I being unreasonable?

MrsDeVere Tue 30-Apr-13 17:38:01

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PhyllisDoris Tue 30-Apr-13 17:43:05

The definition of hero has changed a bit since the Normandy landings me thinks.

zipzap Tue 30-Apr-13 17:55:34

Would be better if they called them sporting heroes and then it would give it some relative context.

Mind you I've just seen a Facebook post by the director? Of the Paralympic opening ceremony (I skim read it whilst dc were bickering, I know, I'm sorry, details are slightly sketchy in my memory) who was fed up of getting calls from casting directors to see if they could recommend someone to take part in The Undateables - the latest of several such shows. She obviously gave them short shrift but it's sad when this keeps happening sad

NoFace Tue 30-Apr-13 18:03:59

We were all supposed to be inspired to go out running / jumping / swimming after the olympics.
But we weren't.
We enjoyed it for what it was - entertainment - real life too so in many ways better than a soap opera or drama.
They deserve to get paid for entertaining - like footballers etc.
But it's not heroic.

BoneyBackJefferson Tue 30-Apr-13 18:15:03

So why should your group of people that get paid to do a job that they enjoy be called hereos, whilst another group of people who get paid to do a job that they enjoy don't?

SarahAndFuck Tue 30-Apr-13 18:21:00

OP this is going to turn into one of those nasty, goady, bunfight threads where people who have an axe to grind will be more than happy to pop out and use it on whichever group they feel is most undeserving of the accolade.

Heroes is media jargon and they use it for all sorts of people, sports and forces being just two that have already been mentioned. In the same way that all nurses are 'angels' to the media for example. And anyone who does anything bad is never just bad, always evil.

Talk shows are not the sort of shows to watch if you want normal people with regular jobs, they are self congratulatory shows for people selling their latest book, film or TV show.

There are shows, such as OBEM, if you want to watch midwives, there's one set in A&E as well, plenty of shows that feature police officers, Life of Grime if you want to watch bin men at work.

But I'm a bit surprised that you are hearing about Olympic Heroes so often now that you are sick of it. And I doubt these people being dubbed heroes or angels or anything else by the media would use the word to describe themselves if you asked.

Wishiwasanheiress Tue 30-Apr-13 18:21:12

Lovely if rather worthy thought...

I'd still rather someone vaguely interesting in my newspaper or on tv. Random NHS worker or teacher can be made interesting (eg that school in Essex that got a series) but won't be gripping very often.

Also J Ennis trained very hard and achieved fantastic results. She supports a lot of charities, selflessly. I don't begrudge her this time or using her present celebrity to do so. In fact you might be writing an aibu if she didn't? (Liberty taker, too lazy to promote a charity when she has a sudden profile to do so.....)

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