You know what really grinds my gears?
Parents who hate on celebrities for being a bad role model to their kids.
Miley Cyrus has been in the (negative) spotlight ever since she decided to trade in her Hannah Montana locks for a grungier pixie cut. And with her VMA awards performance last year, she’s received a lot of backlash. She’s been accused of cultural appropriation, of being overly-sexual, and of promoting the use of drugs. Kids are shocked that their beloved Hannah Montana has grown up, and parents are outraged that her “raunchy” behavior has been publicized on television, where the “little ones” can see. Because of Miley’s bizarre behavior, she is being called a “bad influence” who abandoned her Hannah Montana fans by growing up too quickly.
This REALLY grinds my gears.
I may not support Miley’s behavior 100% nor agree with some of the stuff she has been doing, but I do believe that people should have the freedom of self expression, as long as they are not harming anyone else. Yes, we are all sad that the young Disney star has grown up, but how is that a bad thing? She hasn’t fallen into addiction, or physically assaulted anyone. People accuse her of being a bad influence, but how is that her fault? She may be a celebrity, but that does not mean that she is obliged to show little kids how to have good manners or how to behave. That is the parent’s job.
Parents, if your child is having to look up to celebrities as their role models and they want to be “just like Miley” when they grow up, then that is your problem. As a parent, it is YOUR responsibility to raise your child to look up to real people, not celebrities who are as fictional of characters as Winnie the Pooh. People are people, and they all have different ways of expressing themselves. So we need to stop bashing on celebrities for being “bad role models.”
Although I do believe that people who have the power of influence that celebrities have should use it to spread positivity and good will, it is not necessarily their job to educate your children.