Celebrity teens do not star as role models

By Brittany Titus
Round Table editor

A role model is someone who you should look up to and respect; someone who has a recipe of great character and trust with a hint of modesty.  For tweens, these models are young actresses and singers. But theses “role models” haven’t been keeping up their end of the role.

Singer/actress Miley Cyrus has been sending out a terrible image. Her new music video “Who Owens My Heart?” is seen semi-nude and displays the wrong message to her young fans. According to starpulse.com, Cyrus has become “under fire from concerned parental groups over her racy new music video.”

Not only in her music videos, but her songs as well have Cyrus sent the wrong message. “For those who don’t know me, I can get a bit crazy, Have to get my way, yep, 24 hours a day. ‘Cause I’m hot like that.” These lyrics from her song “Can’t be Tamed show Miley’s party side. In the music video, she is scandalous and considered racy.

According to eonline.com, the song “Can’t be Tamed” was the “next step in the evolution of Miley.” Because of songs and music videos like these, tweens are sent the idea of becoming sexualized to get what they want. Cyrus has many fans from her hit TV show “Hannah Montana.” These fans will stop watching the show if she continues to portray a bad image.

Parents have become very concerned about Miley’s outrageous actions, and some have let their children stop watching “Hannah Montana” or listen to Miley Cyrus’s music. Miley has become too sexual and has lost her title of “role model.”

Being well known from her appearance in “Camp Rock,” Disney star Demi Lovato may have lost fans as well. The pop star has recently been checked into a medical center for rehab. Her family said that she is trying to get help from her emotional and physical struggles. In the past it was rumored that Lovato had an eating disorder and had been cutting herself.

According to people.com, “[A] source has confirmed that a fight with a dancer on tour was the catalyst for Lovato’s decision to seek treatment. “ Along with Miley, Demi may have sent tweens the thought of having an eating disorder if they are unhappy with their body.

These Disney stars are not role model material. Young girls who have looked up to them before may be disappointed and confused on the situation.

A TV Guide poll ranked four female TV stars as role models. First was “iCarly” star Miranda Cosgrove, second was “Wizards of Waverly Place” Disney star Selena Gomez and competing for last place was Miley Cyrus and “Dancing with the Stars’” Bristol Palin.

Bristol Palin is the daughter of Sarah Palin, who ran for the republican Vice Presidency in the 2008 election.

Bristol Palin had a baby last year and was criticized for being a teen mom at a young age. Her pregnancy was looked at as a bad image and was not recommended as a role model for teens.

While Gomez and Cosgrove have been seen as squeaky-clean, Cyrus, Palin and Lovato are bad influences on young women. With their disgraceful images, tweens and teens need to find new role models to look up to.