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It depends and being famous has nothing to do with it. Being famous only made it (marginally) newsworthy.

Jimmy Buffett is a symbol, not a role model. I doubt that many folks in his profession would qualify as role models for our children. I might be wrong, but I think this Board draws on the spirit symbolized by JB in his songs, and not on his disgusting behavior as a private person in a public place. I was at a hockey game last weekend with my son, who is a senior in high school. The group to our left was engaging is some fairly vulgar chants. To our right, there was a father with his young son. Everytime the the group to our left delivered a message to the ice, the father to our right became visibly upset. I asked my son to pay attention to what was going on around us, and mentioned that this is why it is so important to think before he speaks, regardless of the setting. If I had not been there, I have a feeling that my son probably would have been chanting with the folks to our left. He got the message, however, and I have a feeling that he will think twice before he decides to use foul language in a public setting. It's too bad that JB didn't think first, because I tend to think that he feels like a complete fool, particularly because so many of his fans are parents who are concerned about this type of behavior.
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