I won't comment on Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, or Lindsay Lohan. Not one
of them made the decision to become a public figure. Those should be adult
decisions but were made for them by their parents when their offspring were at
an age when they could have no appreciation of what celebrity was all about.
They grow up in a bubble of expectations with the world as an audience and an
exploitative press following their every step, reporting their every wrong turn,
as if adolescence wasn't difficult enough as is for every person on their
way to adulthood.We're asking the wrong question. A better one
is what kind of role models are parents who set out to make their darling son or
daughter into a child star.
Surely Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, or Lindsay Lohan are not the first Hollywood
roles models who fell off their pedestals. The idea of relying Hollywood created
role models for young women is problematical at best. If we jump back two
generations We have Lana Turner who played in the Wholesome Andy Hardy movie
series with Mickey Rooney. Lana married unsucessfully seven times and had
numerous boyfriends, Next we had Liz Taylor, such a role model she was in the
1944 movie National Velvet. She was married 8 times. Judy Garland? Need I say
more? The point is, worshipping young actresses as a role model to generation of
young girls is a receipe for disappointment. Better the girls' mothers and
those females around them should be examples
Mara Wilson,of Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street fame, wrote
an excellent piece for Cracked.com, "7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy (An
Insider's Perspective)", and was also interviewed by NPR afterwards. It
was a highly informative piece, and well worth a read. Google it.
this girl needs direction soon otherwise she is going to end up in the ole
Hollywood dumpster with the rest of the drug infested ramble..
I'm amused by how many parents are outraged by Cyrus, but still think of
Taylor Swift as an acceptable role model. Cyrus has been with the same guy for
4 years, and is now engaged to him. Meanwhile, Swift has gone through
innumerable boyfriends, jumping from one to the next and writing songs about her
love life falling through. The difference? Swift looks like the all-American
country girl, and Cyrus got a crazy haircut.If you identify someone
as a worse role model because of her hair than someone like Lohan that has drug
and alcohol issues, as well as other legal issues, than perhaps your problems of
identifying an acceptable role model don't lie with the Disney star's
See what Charles Barkley said about being a role model and apply it here.
The mere existence of anyone 'cyrus' in the public sphere suggest
we've simply given ourselves over to what can be marketed, and talent need
not have anything to do with the process.
Quite a bit of moral equivalency being done here. Craig Clark excused
Cyrus's behavior because she didn't "choose" to be a performer
on Disney. Forget that she did have a choice to walk away from it all after she
turned 18. Regardless of the reasons, poor behavior is still poor behavior and
excusing it because her parents made decisions for her while she was too young
to understand denies their human intellect to choose between right and wrong.BYU Track Star seeks to compare Cyrus's drug/alcohol abuse and
immodesty with Lana Turner's and Elizabeth Taylor's many marriages?
Really? OHBU, you're seriously saying that because Taylor
Swift dates a lot and writes songs about her experiences she's as morally
questionable as Mily Cyrus's many, many indiscretions? Wow, that's so
out there that one can scarcely take you seriously. But, then you give us a
clue as to your bias against a girl because she's pretty and blond.
Cyrus's problems extend much way beyond than a crazy haircut. I don't know what's more disturbing, Cyrus as a role model or those
who excuse her behavior?
You either follow pop culture and trends (aka coveting things of the world and
other people's lifestyle, possessions, etc)... or you don't. There is
no in-between or grey area.Choose the right, or choose pain and
sadness. In the end, that's all the pop world will ever deliver.
Hanna Montana was a role model. Clearly Miley has lost her way. Fame and
money have ruined her life. She needs someone to help her but apparently there
is no one to do it. I fear that the final chapters of her life may be very
bad. Too bad she seems to have no faith or values.
I like the moto "don't look.down on me because i sin different then
you" who are we to judge? Im not perfect. Therfore i will. Not.be casting
As others have commented, these kids really are not role models. Nor are their
lives the wonderful thing portrayed by the media that control them when they are
young.They are put to work at a young age and exposed to a very
adult world when they should not be and do not yet have the skills to navigate
such a world.Often, their economic value exceeds their value as
children to their parents and certainly to their employers.Once they
age out of their child roles they are usually kicked to the curb and expected to
find their way on their own when they have been given none of the tools for
doing so.A quick analysis of those who have preceded them shows that
those who achieve a positive outcome will be the small minority.Every time I see a new child star I cringe a bit and pray they will buck the
terrible trend.We need to be careful as consumers. The programs and
music we demand places these youngsters in harms way. We bear some
responsibility even if remote.
What this example, and many of the other stars that go bad, show us is that
society has not learned to separate the actor from the characters they play. I
never watched Hanna Montana, but if the shows are good and uplifiting why
destroy your child's dreams of being like that character. The challenge is
to teach your child that the actor is not the same as the character.
I guess that's why smart kids feel like they never fit in.
32843,I never suggested that Cyrus is a good role model. What I did
point out is that there is a little bit of ridiculous condemnation coming down
on her. Taylor Swift drinks, and sleeps around (it's far behind going on a
lot of innocent dates--your terminology is a testament to her PR machine).
She's the ideal role model. Miley Cyrus drinks, sometimes smokes weed, and
has been with the same guy for years. Neither has done anything truly heroic or
noteworthy. I have absolutely no problem with someone being pretty and blond,
as you put it. What I have a problem with is someone being castigated for not
fitting perfectly into that mold. I only used Swift because her
reputation somehow remains untarnished. But compare Cyrus to Lohan. One fits
the mold, appearance wise, one does not. So despite the fact that Lohan is in
constant legal trouble, is involved in a lot more serious drugs, and is a
general train wreck, she gets more of a pass because of her appearance.
Miley Cyrus was darling as Hanna Montana. So darling, in fact, that some
can’t forgive her for growing up. Why couldn’t she just stay Hanna
Montana forever like a real life Peter Pan of the female gender?The
Hanna Montana days were good to her but must be left behind along with high
school and all the trappings of adolescence. For Miley, at her age and in her
line of work, it’s professional death if she doesn’t change her
image. So far, she’s gotten a hairdo that drives some folks up the walls.
Not a bad start, huh? I wish I had some of her brass at that age. I was such a
goody-goody who did everything that was expected of me, afraid to do anything
else.What are her graver transgressions? Speaking out strongly for
gay rights? Is that serious enough to make Hanna Montana a fallen angel?
"Miley Cyrus proves parents must be careful about kids’ role
models"How very true. Personally, Tarzan was my favorite role
model, followed by John Carter, Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman (what,
Linda Carter was pretty, gay men can like pretty women), The Green Lantern, The
Fantastic Four, The Avengers, ...Ah, I miss the good old days.