Philadelphia, PA, July 21, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- In recognition of an episode in which the value of chivalry was demonstrated providing a positive message for young men and women, ABC's TV program "Modern Family" and particularly cast members Sarah Hyland and Rico Rodriguez have been awarded the honor of "Chivalry Role Model of the Month" for July, 2014.
The honor, presented by BringChivalryBack.com, recognizes noteworthy acts of chivalry, grandiose or small, which demonstrate the positive impact that chivalrous gestures by men can have.
During the episode of "Modern Family" titled "Other People's Children" which aired March 13, 2014, two instances of chivalry were apparent.
In one scene as part of the family visits an art museum, the character Manny, portrayed by Rico Rodriguez, opened the door for his cousin Alex, played by actress Ariel Winter. It was a simple nonchalant gesture, to which the young lady responded with a sincere "Thanks, Manny." The straightforward nature with which it was done sent a message that incorporating chivalry is not complicated and it can be appreciated in today's society by a young woman who is fully secure in her own power.
The episode also contained a scene which displayed the transformative nature of chivalry. The character Haley, portrayed by Sarah Hyland, was observing with bemusement as her father helped the male nanny film a romantic video message for his girlfriend. Haley sarcastically ridiculed their efforts while waiting for her date to pick her up. Since her date was several hours late she kept watching more and more of the romantic video being made, even getting drawn into some of the filming. When her date finally arrived he honked the horn to which her father and the nanny remarked that she deserved to have the young man come to the door, not just honk a horn. She left the house and strode to the car, confronting her date about making her wait. After his dismissive response Haley asked him, "Did it even occur to you to come to the door?" He responded, "Who comes to the door?" To which she emphatically answered, "A gentleman!"
She followed that up by giving her date a chance to redeem himself, asking, "Could you at least open the car door for me?" Rather than get out and come around to open her passenger door, the ersatz boyfriend reluctantly reached across the seat to pull the latch and push her door open, saying, "Now can we go?" Frustrated, Haley sent him off and stormed back to the house, stating emphatically, "I'd rather wait for someone who'd walk through a blizzard for me and only honks to support the troops."
Relationship expert John Rasiej of BringChivalryBack.com remarks, "Modern Family is a show that portrays a variety of families which are seen as non-traditional. The fact that the writers of the show saw fit to display chivalry in a positive nature shows there still can be an appreciation of it and that it's still meaningful in modern times."
He adds, "Haley's transformation provides a positive message for girls and young women. It sends a message about holding themselves up to certain standards by which they deserve to be treated. Sarah Hyland did an outstanding job portraying Haley's transition from a sarcastic dismissal of romantic gestures to a realization that she would appreciate them more than she'd have thought."
Mr. Rasiej also states, "Any time we witness positive role models displaying admirable qualities, especially when seen by many viewers, more people become aware and begin to realize the value of that behavior."
BringChivalryBack.com aspires to rekindle the sincere practice of courteous behavior by men toward women. More information is available at www.BringChivalryBack.com and at the blog on that website. Mr. Rasiej may also be followed on twitter at @YesToChivalry and on facebook at www.Facebook/com/ChivalryMatters.