By Monica Moore Smith, age 12
Do you ever think about what celebrity your daughter/son is admiring at the moment? And how they might be overly obsessed with that celebrity or practically worshipping them? Do they hang a million posters of celebrities all over their bedroom walls? Do they the wear the clothes that celebrities wear? Do they talk about them all the time? Do you ever think that the so-called good role models aren’t someone you’d want your teen to be like when he or she grows up? Think about it!
I know I wouldn’t want my kids to grow up like that. If my daughter came up to me dressed like Lady GaGa or Paris Hilton I know I would tell her to change out of those clothes right that second.
Many young teens are obsessed with Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana and think she’s a good role model. But is she? First lets look at how she dresses. In Miley Cyrus’s new Party in the USA music video she wears shorts that are so short they look like they were meant for a 2-year-old and a tank top that also looks like it’s many sizes too small. And the others in the music video are dressed the same way! Miley Cyrus is not the only bad role model, but I wanted to point her out because of the huge impression she makes upon little girls and teens.
I haven’t seen any of Lady GaGa’s music videos. I have heard about how bad they are, so I’m not going to watch.
Would you want you child to dress like any of the celebrities? Sing or dance like they do? Don’t you think it’s a bit odd for people to obsess over someone that they don’t even know? I know I would think it a bit creepy if some random person in Alaska had pictures of me all over their walls. That’s practically worshipping them. Isn’t that the reason why people hang pictures of Jesus on their their walls? Because they worship him?
Basically people of all ages should think about whom they idolize. They should ask themselves, “Would I really want to be like them? Is obsessing over them really reasonable? Is that person actually a good role model?”
I just hope that people will actually have good role models as their idols, instead of bad.