Hippocratic Oath for Celebrities
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will remember that with great power comes great responsibility.
I will remember that my celebrity is not tantamount to expertise, much less authority, on matters alien to my immediate talents (and often not even those). I will not be ashamed to say, “I know not,” nor will I fail to defer to actual experts.
I will not insert myself of my own volition into global politics and international diplomacy. I will not proselytize my religion. I will not promulgate pseudoscience and other nonsense.
I will respect the dignity and fortunes of my admirers for it is only by their support that I am successful. I will not abuse our relationship by surreptitiously shilling products or under any other guise than express paid celebrity endorsement. I will hold myself accountable to my admirers to practice laudable business ethics.
I will not underscore income and other inequalities by broadcasting endlessly about sensational trivia.
I will remember that I remain a member of society with unique ethical obligations to my fellow human beings.
I must not play at god or goddess, king or queen–I will not speak for anyone but myself.
Above all I will remember that my excrement also stinks.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life, art, etc., respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to enrich and inspire and may I long experience the joy of my vocation, such as it is. If I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.
With thanks to Louis Lasagna, who wrote the modern Hippocratic oath used widely in medicine and the anonymous framers of the ancient Hippocratic oath.
See also this journal article about “mission creep” in the celebrity industry:
And this case study:
And this excellent post: