Yes, Leonard Peikoff does so in his podcast here. Below is my transcription of the relevant section.
By the way, Ayn Rand, I remember her
saying that it is much better and
healthier to a young person if their
hero is taken from art rather than
from life because she said that if
your hero is someone that intimately
connected with your values, your
person, what you want in life, what
you think of life, if they then do
something immoral or disgusting or
demeaning, that is like a serious
wound to your idea of what you're
after. You can overcome it, but she
said why put your heroism and your
idealism in the service of somebody
else's free will? Pick as your hero a
man whom you know is what you want and
will remain that way throughout.
So she objected, for instance, to
young people who wrote and said, "You
are my hero," or, "You are my
heroine." She thought it was very
nice, but they should not make their
love of values and their aspirations
to the future depend on what she is.
Because, then, if in fact she does
something wrong or lies are spread
about her, then either way their whole
concept of a hero and of themselves
and of their aspirations is subverted.
I'd also like to note that in the context of the podcast it is clear that he is speaking of heroes in the sense of role models. Certainly, it is fine to recognize a person as a hero, but to regard him as your hero is to make him your role model and place yourself in the situation described above.
Oct 17 '10 at 01:57