The Media Presents Negative Role Models

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The media has a strong influence on society, both negatively and positively. So when children as young as 6 are being influenced by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Britney Spears; we as a society have lost site in what it is to be a positive influence. Kathleen Deveny and Raina Kelly raised awareness in their article “Girls Gone Bad?” which depicts the bad behavior and influences set by celebrities such as Hilton, Lohan, and Spears have any long term affects on young women. Are young women so riveted to the highlights of these celebrities and the media that surrounds their lifestyle that, as Deveny and Kelly boldly puts it, we are raising ‘prosti-tots’? Or can our young women look beyond the bad behavior with lavish lifestyles, and still make a wise decision based on common sense? Not only are young women bombarded with the lifestyle of these celebrities produced by the media but they are plagued with images of how they should behave and what they should look like. This is an adolescent crisis in a young woman’s life because from the stages of preteen to near adulthood is when young women are most susceptible to influence. Kathleen Deveny and Raina Kelly highlighted that “77 percent of Americans believe that Britney, Paris, and Lindsay have too much influence on young girls.” (¶ 4.6-8) These three celebrities are always in the media, so much so that we know just about everything that’s going on in their lives. Britney’s tacky lifestyle of erratic behavior, two over-night marriages that failed, a bizarre head-shaving episode, a few admittance to a mental hospital and losing custody of her children more or likely based on her behavior she shows to be an unfit mother. Under her 29 year-old belt, Britney portray... ... middle of paper ... ... There’s a sense of superiority over these non-role model celebrities because even though these celebrities live an unrestrained lifestyle, young women such as Emily Boyce can still ignore them and maintain a being a top student in school. To conclude, young women like to watch the ‘Brit Pak ‘ and their wild style of living but even though they see this, it’s really a decision left up to the “real life role models” to show these young women what is to be a successful young woman. Does Britney, Paris, and Lindsay’s lifestyle have a long term effect on young women? I personally don’t believe so. These celebrities have their five minutes of fame and will utilize it the best way they can. If a young woman can depict what is wrong from what is right, she can surely tell what is good behavior and that Britney, Paris, and Lindsay are not representing a good role model.
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