Celebrities Exude a Negative Image

Our American culture has created celebrity-obsessed monsters.

April Dudash
Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 4:23 p.m.

I’m not usually one to delve into the celebrity scene. I could care less that freakish newlyweds Tom and Katie are on the cover of Entertainment Weekly or that Beyonce looks like she has bags under her eyes in the latest paparazzi shot.

Unfortunately, it seems like I’m one of the only ones. News just isn’t news anymore unless it involves Hollywood, big scandal, and dare I say it, big lips. Thank you for scaring us all, Botox.

With all the glamorous hype and intrigue, a price must be paid. And who usually pays it? The children, that’s who.

Think about it. Young children lack the maturity to understand right from wrong and pre-teens flying through puberty are too disheveled from topsy-turvy hormones to care either. They have hair growing in their armpits and they’re supposed to worry about finding down-to earth role models?

Pul-leaze. They come in contact with the media everyday and gather what’s socially acceptable from the people they look up to: hot actors; beautiful, lithe models; and rapping thugs.

I grabbed my little sister’s December Seventeen magazine the other day, a magazine that caters to girls as young as 12 years old, and found Paris Hilton on the cover, looking exceptionally innocent while holding a fluffy white kitten. Extremely disgusted, I read on to find that in her interview, she said her whole ‘dumb blonde’ personality was an act and that she “[likes] to play with people and they expect it.” Seventeen calls her a “smart chick and a savvy businesswoman.”

Wait a second…isn’t this the same Paris Hilton that committed a DUI in early September just because she wanted a hamburger? The same Paris that supposedly threw up on stage at a Jay-Z concert after drowning herself in vodka? That’s so not hot, Paris. Don’t mind if I use your intellectual, business-like way of speaking.

Don’t get me started on actresses gone off the deep end, such as Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. Whatever happened to their little baby faces on the Disney Channel? Now we’ve got Miss Duff making out with a male model in an elevator in order to sell perfume on TV. Miss Lohan has joined in the Hollywood catfights and all-night partying scenes.

The rap music biz is no better. If I was a mother, I’d sure want my son listening to Snoop Dogg and R Kelly and thinking that it’s okay to “pimp those hos.” C’mon…dealing drugs and shooting cops really make you popular!

What are they teaching kids? It’s okay to get drunk and drive your Mercedes-Benz into a wall? That 80 pounds at five foot ten is acceptable and selling crack on the streets is cool?

But we’re America, darn it! If the next generation wants to look up to floozies and idiots instead of teachers and firefighters, so be it. As adults, we’re no better. Instead of focusing on our own lives, we want to follow Flavor Flav’s.

I weep for the future.

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