The Spotlight

Rather than focusing on wars and violence our media likes to focus on celebrities, and I guess today I will follow in that trend. In light of the “leaked” video of Zayn and Louis from One Direction smoking weed, not only that but saying a very offensive, racist word (if you want to know more about this story check out Hiba’s post here) I thought it would be interesting to focus on celebrities who target their career towards children and child stars grown up.

In the spotlight my assumption would be that there’s a lot of pressure. Many celebrities, especially younger ones are considered role models or idols to many young tweens and teens, because of this they are constantly being scrutinized. How does that make life bearable? How are you expected to not snap under the pressure? There is no room for mistakes, no place to change, and no time for a normal life. To me this sounds absolutely horrible.

Imagine being a 12 year old child, audition and receiving a lead role in a television show that came with a record deal, how many years would that last in the mind of a 12 year old? Probably forever. At 17 when you want to be done how do you quit? How do you get back to where you were before? The answer is, you can’t. You will never be able to take back everything that happened, fame is hardly fleeting. So put this into context, Miley Cyrus did this, and now look at where she is. A terrible breakup and a shaved head later. I’m not saying I don’t appreciate her anymore, because I do, but parents do not and I can understand why.

Look at the other examples of Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes, they’re a wreck! Well I actually hear Lindsay is doing better now, but that’s besides the point. Child stars have gone crazy under the pressure. The worst part is a lot of them probably would’ve stopped but the media fed off of it. Normal teenage pressures to drink and try drugs and sometimes even bully are blown out of proportion when the media adds to it.

Maybe we need to stop putting so much pressure on teenagers, especially when “they” decide to be put in the spotlight at such a young age. Then again, look at Emma Watson who worked on FIVE major motion pictures while studying at Brown and graduated just this past weekend. I guess the involvement and maybe even nationality and the appearance the media gives you. All I’m saying is if I made a mistake the only person who would remember is me, not the entire world. I think we need to remember that while we read the news, and maybe focus on something other than what 19 year olds are doing in Hollywood.

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