This is a thread for people you immensely admire and love, celebrities and non-celebrities. If you choose a celebrity, choose one you admire as a person rather than one you admire just as an artist or performer (though I admire the celebrity I'm kicking this thread off with as a person, artist and performer).
Also, I'd greatly prefer if you explained why you admire and love this person so much, even briefly. Videos of these people are much appreciated, as well as text of speeches they've made, quotes you remember them saying, some of their works of art, etc. Go crazy! Make the thread lively!
[youtube="e6m5uqROgZQ"]Michael J. Fox Interviewed by Katie Couric[/youtube]
If that video for some reason doesn't work, just click here to watch it.
I've always really liked Michael J. Fox, but this interview made me LOVE him. I especially like the part where he talks about getting very few chances in life to make a difference and being grateful for his own opportunity to do so. And the part where he talks about using stem cells to "protect the unborn who are going to be born with diabetes, who are going to be born with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's, or Parkinson's, or who are going to be injured as children and have spinal cord injuries." And where he says, "Where was the outcry when in-vitro fertilization started twenty years ago?" And ESPECIALLY the part at the end when he says he immensely respects and admires even those people who have carefully weighed the issue with their minds and hearts and still come up on the opposite side of the debate; I'm not actually that open-minded. The whole interview and every single thing he said was just AWESOME.
I just love this guy. God bless his little heart.
I'd still hang a poster of you on my wall, Fox.
(And for those who are tempted to discuss stem-cell research in this thread for whatever reason, this isn't really the thread for it.)