Listen to what CBS-TV’s Craig Ferguson has said about why some celebrities need help, not ridicule.
Here’s the deal. Justin is 19 years old. He can’t even legally buy alcohol! No matter what the law says, he is NOT an adult. He clearly doesn’t have enough life experience to make important life decisions. (None of use did at nineteen years old.) At some point he’s not going to appeal to tween-age girls anymore. Then what?
We the public have a perverse obsession with youth, the younger the better. It’s downright creepy. The idea that Miley Cyrus, for instance, has to simulate sex on stage in order to detach herself from Hannah Montana says a lot about our culture. We hold these underdeveloped young people up so high and expect them to act as adults. Then when they fall, we laugh.
We do love a train wreck, don’t we?
The cold hard truth is that nobody gives a shit about Miley or Justin or any of the other teeny-bopper stars that have come before or will come after. They’re just cash cows for their record labels. They exist for the sole purpose of making music executives richer. The minute the public loses interest, they’ll be dropped. …and because noone bothers to teach them how to be responsible, they risk losing everything.
If they’re smart, they’ll rebrand themselves as they get older, like Timberlake or Madonna, but Miley and Justin seem to be traveling the same road as Lindsay and Britney.
We shall see.
There’s a meme which reads, “Stop Making Stupid People Famous”. I’d like to add, “Stop Making Stupid and/or Distructive Behavior Acceptable”. We should be encouraging creativity, not glorifying depravity.