Open letter to wayward celebrity “role models”

2013-05-02 08:15

Do you, young celebrities consider the way your behaviour speaks volumes to impressionable children.

I  am a mother who looks at YOU shakes her head and thinks “If you were my child…”

Thank heavens you aren’t my child.

Tweens and teen peer groups socialise in a celebrity “Gaga” environment.

Messages sent out by YOU, Rihanna, certainly do not help the case of victims of domestic abuse. Your high profile status and your back and forth- to and fro – I’m with him – I’m not – I am collaborating with him, after I charged him with battery, willy nilly nonsense – says that abusers can change. This leaves many young victims at risk. I realise you are gaining publicity from all of this, but do you not think it would be better to make a positive stand and empower victims? At very least speak for your fans - those who are possibly also victims - who supported you while you recovered after you were battered by your seemingly on and off partner Chris Brown.

On to another little attention seeker – Justin - Your name sends chills down my spine and not in a good way. You don’t have a good track record with animals – yes animals – you can’t call a monkey a pet. I want to scream it out – WILD ANIMALS BELONG IN THE WILD! Do you realise how many people are going out to “aquire” monkeys because you have one, and their children threw tantrums so they could be just like YOU? Did you think for one minute that a large number of these monkeys will end up either abused or dumped in a shelter because their owners aren’t able to supply them with basic needs? Having said that have you googled the phenomenal amount of animals in shelters? Please young man, if you do not have the responsibility to give these animals a lifetime commitment, for pete’s sakes don’t get them.

Then there’s YOU Miley and your sexed up act. You’re a young lady – er – its fine and dandy to be hip; cool, funky, whatever you want to call it. I feel blessed that my daughter never got sucked into the Hannah Montanna craze, because right now I would have one very confused nine year old on my hands. Yes my dear you’ve grown up, but a large group of your audience hasn’t. Could you not tone down the beginning of your act for them and then spice it up for the grungy old men that are eager to watch you gyrate on stage?

  I was horrified to learn that my son's chosen - supposed wholesome - role model, Oscar Pistorius, chosen for his sensational athletic ability, in one thoughtless night turned into what he is today.  

I am not blind to the fact that you are all human and from evidence are capable of heinous mistakes. This is also why I am grateful that there are celebrities like Sandra Bullock who keeps her nose clean and is well known for her giving nature as well as her incredible talent. I am proud as punch that when my daughter had an opportunity to choose a role model this year that she chose Julia Roberts. When I asked why she chose her – her answer was “because of her acting ability.”

I suppose that you will maybe only realise this when and if you eventually have children of your own.

In hope of some serious thought - from your end...

Di Kendall

Concerned Mother

We are naive if we think that children aren’t noticing what celebrities are doing in their private lives.

Kids are always looking for role models… it’s up to us to be ones worth looking up to.

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