21 December 2007

Things that make me go “Hmm…”

Things that make you go “Hmm…” What’s up with everyone being so concerned about the news that Britney Spears' 16-year-old sister is pregnant? Why do people care? It’s all over the media. I even saw two news anchors having a serious (!) debate about “what example this will set for young girls who see her as a role model.” What? They’re acting as if this is the first teenager ever to get pregnant. Are they completely ignorant of the fact that approximately 750,000 teenagers get pregnant in the United States every year? It also makes me wonder: are people upset that she was sexually active or that her sexual activity resulted in pregnancy? Would they have preferred if she’d just had an abortion and acted like nothing had happened? Either way, why does it matter to them?

Let’s rewind three years. Remember when Beyonce’s 17-year-old sister had a shotgun wedding (and subsequently gave birth to a ‘full-grown preemie’)? Aside from the gossip columns covering the story, nobody was concerned about what message this would send to her millions of fans. No great debates took place on television about the moral example this was setting for young girls. Both of these siblings are equally famous. What’s going on here?

And another thing, what ever happened to parents being their children’s role models and instilling in them the values they want them to have instead of waiting for some dysfunctional celebrity to show the way?

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