Celebrity Bullying

BULLYING YOUNG ARTISTS

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is once again using her Facebook page to make people think. Over the weekend, Jada posted a lengthy article on what she calls the bullying of young celebrities. In the wake of Justin Bieber’s scuffle with the paparazzi, Chris Brown’s never ending battle with the media and nine-year old Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis being called a cunt by The Onion, Jada wonders why the public expects young celebs to be on their best behavior, while the adults who cover them are not expected to do the same.

Are we bullying our young artists?

How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?

This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous? Is it okay to continually attack and criticize a famous 19 year old who is simply trying to build a life, exercise his talents while figuring out what manhood and fame is all about as he carries the weight of supporting his family as well as providing the paychecks to others who depend on him to work so they can feed their families as well? Does that render being called a cunt by an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after leaving the the hospital?

Or what about our nine year old beautiful Oscar nominee who was referred to as a cunt as well? Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intricacies of love and power on the world stage? And should we shame a young woman for displaying a sense of innocence as she navigates through the murky waters of love, heartbreak, and fame? Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top?

We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem… we WISH we could have or even… we WISH we could.

3 Comments

  1. Jada also defends Rihanna and Taylor Swift via this article, which is really too bad. Taylor puts her business in the streets via her songs so she opens herself up to criticism. Reminds me of Jim Jones and Chrissy the Mole who put their personal lives on TV then get mad when people inquire about their personal lives. Don’t put it out there to sell to the world and the world won’t think it is their business to talk about it. Learn from Jay Z who years ago refused to speak about dating Beyonce, saying he had no plans to put 10 million people in his business. As for Rihanna, she has been bullying Ciara for some time now and sends her pitbull friend Melissa to do the same. Rihanna is feeling herself and her fame and often makes negative remarks on the sly via twitter and Instagram about other artists and their fans. As for some of these other youngins, they aren’t so young and if they didn’t crave fame so much they wouldn’t be such targets. The Wallis girl is the only exception. The rest brought it on themselves.

  2. I think the gist of the article is on point. We live in a society that is very decadent and it has become a template for everyone, not just young people. America is a country run by those who, basically, have no moral values, who are indifferent about humanity and who will sacrifice “ALL” life to maintain their capatalist society. Therefore, the general, population will take on the likeness of what`s being portrayed through mass media by and large…we are all victims. So how can we really demonize young people who portray themselves in a dubious fashion if society by and large is a conduit to the very behavior that we impugn?

    We are ALL, and I mean ALL, complex beings.We are both good and evil…and it`s this dichotomy that creates a balance. Some of us are more able to suppress that evil but it still remains a part of our essence. I don`t think anyone can refute this point because none of us are absolute, we are different persons at different times…again creating balance. Life is governed by balance, hence we have good/evil, life/death. Just consider ourselves in our most private moments when we are in the comforts of our home relative to our public persona. I challenge anyone to tell me there isn`t a contrast. So, in actuality we all walk around with a mask on the moment we leave the confine of our home. Perhaps, my commentary is overarching but the gist of it, human behavior, is very, much, practical. I, myself, consider my thoughts that I have on many occasion, combined with my actions in private, they are inconsistent with what I portray publicly. Conflict arises to the surface where I become, both, a totally different person and evil.

    The laws that govern the universe have made this so and nothing is absolute. So, in a sense, can we ALL be considered hypocrital? why, yes. Entertainers are just in a positon where all of their complexities are illuminated before the world, giving us the opportunity to scrutinize their every move, be it good or bad. And when you have very young entertainers who are still trying to navigate their lives and find out who they are the situation is even more dicey. But, for me, my vista says that none of us truly know who we are in the most profound way. Are we good or evil, or both? I choose the latter with sufficient evidence that says it it so.

    The irony is, we tell our children/young people one thing while not ALWAYS exemplifying the virtues which we convey. I surmise, being in the entertainment world is not easy for young people/young adults. The theft of their youth is an enormous price to pay as they are encouraged by adults to proceed on for monetary gain by their families and handlers. In the final analysis, we are ALL COMPLICATED beings.

    MJ & The GOLDEN 80s 4ever!!

    Shalom

  3. Jada is on point. The internet has introduced a whole other kind of journalist, the kind that has zero ethics or education and writes for the sole purpose of gaining page views and making money.

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