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The Way I See It: Maybe it's time to rethink our notion of celebrity

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OK, all right. Enough already!

If I have to look at Miley Cyrus' tongue, or read about how much makeup Kim Kardashian wore to a spin class one more time, I'm going to lose it. And don't even get me started on Juan Pablo ... who cares about this bachelor?

Apparently, plenty of people do.

Magazines, television and the Web are rife with in-your-face celebrities. We know all about what they're doing, who they're dating, what they're eating and who's disrespecting whom. What does this teach our children about who we should be paying attention to?

I'd like to see them all disappear.



Perhaps replaced by some lesser-touted “stars” who should have all that ink and airtime instead. People such as:

• Pete Nelson of TV show “Treehouse Masters.” This man has never really grown up. He makes his living designing and building treehouses. And I'd live in every one he's built. The show is addictive, and he draws in clients from the all-American girl next door, to millionaires, and even singer Cee Lo Green. Sure, it seems silly at the onset. But Nelson and his crew show that with a lot of hard work and vision, anyone can make a living doing what they love.

• Helen Mirren. OK, I know what you're thinking. Yes, its true the lady is in the spotlight quite a bit already, and is Hollywood gold. But she also comes across as kind, grounded and a whole lot of fun. I'd read magazines and watch clips of this fine dame anytime.

• Andrew McCutchen. He is helping to keep Pittsburgh on the map. Aside from being one of the best ballplayers ever to run the bases for the black and gold, this guy is God-fearing, believes in paying it forward, and can light up the screen with that fabulous smile. And who wouldn't want to know what he's up to? Our MVP even proposed to his lady love on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

• The Kilchers. The clan known for TV's “Alaska: The Last Frontier,” of which singer Jewel is one, is showing viewers every week how one can still live off the land, work hard and lead a simple, happy life.

• Gus Kentworthy. The Winter Olympics silver medalist rescued pups from almost-certain doom as Sochi “cleaned up” ahead of the Games, and saw to it they made their way to the United States and into the arms of loving families. Let's watch this young man ... he's sure to do more great things.

My point is this: Magazines, television — even you and I — should give the show-offs a little less time and think about making role models out of those who actually make a difference.

Mya Koch is editor of the Sewickley Herald. You can reach her at or 412-324-1403.

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