BLOG 4: STEROIDS IN THE MEDIA
It is not only athletes that may abuse anabolic steroids, but there are many rumors about famous Hollywood stars using anabolic steroids, to look more stronger and larger.
Read this article about some of our favourite movie actors: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/24/peds-find-their-role-in-holly...
After reading the article, answer the following questions:
1) Why do you think Hollywood actors are tempted to use anabolic steroids?
To look good, because there is a lot of strong and good looking people in Hollywood. And they want to be better than the other actors so they can do more movies and have more fame.
2) The article talks about that fans will never really know if their favourite actors use steroids (in fact, only the actor, their doctor and maybe their publicist, would know the truth). Why do you think the actor does not admit publicly that they may be using steroids?
Because first of all, it is illegal. Second they want to make an image that they worked hard for these muscles and to get strong and they are natural, third and final reason is because they might think there fans will not like them anymore if they use steroids.
3) How do you think the image of large muscled men who perhaps are steroid users, can influence the body image of teen guys watching the movies and TV shows? (Think of the actors in Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, Game of thrones, etc.).
That they are cool and strong and they match the character. They also may use these character as role models and they want to be just like them.
4) Do you think the image of large muscled men, changes what society expects men to look like? Does this place pressure on men to look big? ("Manorexia", as the article calls it), does it exist?
Yes, because in the movie when they are strong it seems more good things happen to them and more ladies are attracted to them.