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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?

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.....)

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

MrsDeVere Tue 30-Apr-13 17:38:16

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badguider Tue 30-Apr-13 17:35:49

I don't think that olympians are "heroes". But they could be referred to as 'sporting heroes' which I think are quite different.

BUT, I am surprised you are "sick of hearing" them being referred to as such.. I don't think I hear it often at all.. maybe I've heard it very occassionally in reference to Chris Hoy, Steve Redgrave, Mo Farrar or Jess Ennis and I don't agree with the use of the word but it's an attempt to elevate these from the rest of the atheletes who did pretty well but not outstandingly.

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 17:30:26

The word hero is so diluted these days. I blame Carol Vorderman and those hero awards shows she's always hosting.

vixsatis Tue 30-Apr-13 17:28:19

Heroes to brave things for other people.

Sports stars work hard for self fulfilment.

There is an enormous difference. YANBU

PickledLiver Tue 30-Apr-13 17:12:03

I don't think being in the armed forces makes you a hero either

I agree with that statement, too.

Justforlaughs Tue 30-Apr-13 16:54:59

Being a good, even exceptional athlete does not make you a hero; tbh, I don't think being in the armed forces makes you a hero either. I don't even believe that dedicating your life to charity etc makes you a hero. As far as I can see, a Hero is someone who selflessly risks their own life to save someone else whether that is in a war situation, rescues a child from a burning building or pushes someone out of the way of a moving car etc. To use the word "hero" to describe someone who is simply good at their job, belittles the word.

Isityouorme Tue 30-Apr-13 09:37:38

They aren't always the best though .... Look at Lance Armstrong. How many of them haven't been caught.

It annoys me that they are called heroes as wtf are soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, saving their peers from grenades and stuff. Regardless of whether the war is right or not, jumping into line of fire to save others make someone a real hero. Normal people doing splendid work will rarely or never be heroes sadly.

hopipolla Tue 30-Apr-13 09:31:02

Isn't the big difference that the Olympic athletes are the best in the world and so are exceptional amongst their peers, whilst the midwife at my local hospital is just one of many midwives around the developed world and is not exceptional relative to midwives from other countries.

ConfusedPixie Tue 30-Apr-13 08:50:02

Yanbu. What thebody said too.

wigglesrock Tue 30-Apr-13 08:43:26

or what thebody said smile

wigglesrock Tue 30-Apr-13 08:42:06

YANBU - It's their job to win a race, throw something very far, swim quickly. They have put in a lot of work to be good at it, that makes them dedicated not heroes.

I always think a hero is someone who goes above and beyond and who may put themselves at risk for the good of others - much as I admire someone who runs fast, it's not particularly heroic.

LetMeAtTheWine Tue 30-Apr-13 08:36:50

I second everything TheBody said...

OutragedFromLeeds Tue 30-Apr-13 00:45:56


Running really fast, throwing a pointy stick far or running and jumping into a sandpit does not a hero make.

Might have made you a hero 30,000 years ago, but today it's not even a slightly useful skill.

HoveringKestrel Tue 30-Apr-13 00:45:27


BunnyLebowski Tue 30-Apr-13 00:35:04

YANBU. At all.

Glorified sports day does not equal heroism. It's barely even entertaining.

Jingoistic rubbish.

PickledLiver Tue 30-Apr-13 00:28:31

YANBU. Don't understand why they all get fucking royal recognition either, surely winning your competition is all the reward you need?

HoveringKestrel Tue 30-Apr-13 00:23:56

I'm not saying Sports People should be recognised for their success....lovely, great, they did well. Fine.

But to call them a Hero?

Erm No.

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 00:02:42


Sports stars are far too over fetishised.

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