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This topic has been lingering on my mind for a while but it definitely challenged me yesterday after watching the VMAs. Clearly, Miley Cyrus has been the hot topic of the season ever since she cut her hair, started looking like Pink, and released her very cathartic We Can’t Stop music video. Dancing teddy bears, french fry skulls, humping, and lots of twerking – it was like nothing I’d seen before.
Well yesterday she took it to a WHOLE ‘NOTHER LEVEL. You can see for yourself the VMA performance below:
Does a celebrity have a responsibility to be a good role model?
Think about it for a sec.
My initial thought was no, they just happen to be famous for being them, and they should do what they please because it’s their life and it’s who they are. How people choose to be influenced is their decision and they should deal with the consequences.
But then…I thought about it some more. I thought about where I am, what I do, and if I feel like I have a responsibility to be a good role model to you guys. And the answer for me is clear. YES. I am responsible for my actions.
I create free workout videos, meal plans, calendars, and cooking shows for you because it satisfies me to know you’re finding your healthier self. I am beyond thankful that you actually use these tools. I am overly grateful for the friendships and the POPster community that has grown out of our commonality for wanting to get fit. I care about you so much because you made Blogilates what it is. You make me smile every single day.
You know, people who are famous hold a lot of power. And with power comes the ability to change people, events, and history. Celebrities are leaders who have an army of fans that will back them up, dress like them, act like them, and at the deepest level, wanna be like them. When I was at the Taylor Swift concert a few days ago, I noticed all the girls were dressed like Taylor! A lot were blonde and had a very thin frame too. It was quite interesting to notice.
To say a celebrity is not responsible for his or her actions is saying that as human beings, our lives aren’t all somehow connected. We live as families, in communities, in neighborhoods, in cities, and states, and nations that all thrive off of one another. We are all linked together because we need one another to help each other. The trust that we have between each other is the most valuable currency we can exchange. We trust that that car won’t just run us over when we cross the street. We trust that the food we eat at a restaurant isn’t poisoned. We trust that our friends won’t betray us.
The only reason why each one of us lives the way we do today is because of how our friends, families, and schools have molded us. Sure some of our traits comes from nature but a lot of it comes from nurture. A lot of it can be enhanced or degraded through who we hang out with and who inspires us. Beyond our own hometown circles, celebrities are sources for inspiration through media because they are seen by so many eyes.
Miley grew up famous as Hannah Montana and built a fan base of Disney-lovin’ young, wholesome, and impressionable girls. It seemed like within the last half year she flipped and turned into a completely different human being who is very very comfortable being explicit in front of the camera. How are the young girls supposed to react? Will they follow her lead and start wearing barely-there clothing, licking things, and sticking their butt at everything? Who knows – but the chances are likely that some of them will think this is “cool” and “okay”.
Gyrating into an older man’s crotch in nude lingerie in front of millions? Singing about “Trying to get a line in the bathroom.” I don’t like it and I think it’s leaving a lot of people confused as to what she’s really trying to express. It may not hurt anyone immediately to start dressing scantily and act in a “who the eff cares” kinda attitude, but you know what, in the long run, I can tell you that it will attract the wrong attention. And when that happens, it is possible for these girls to get hurt.
Honestly guys, I think that you should do what makes you happy (celebrity or not) so long as you don’t hurt anyone. But if you want to make a positive change in this world, and I think we all should, we should use the power we have to make other people better people, happier people, healthier people too. I don’t see a point in using our influence to spread negativity.
Celebrities have the power to change history. Why not do it for the better?
To me, true success is happiness. Enlightenment is sharing happiness.
Please let me know what you think about this topic. Do you agree or disagree with me?