by Brittany Yap, associate editor
Pink’s new hit song, “Stupid Girls,” pokes
fun at the young women of Hollywood—specifically Paris
Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Jessica Simpson— mocking what
she believes is their obsession with acting dumb, shopping, and
being beautiful. According to Pink, in an interview April 10
on the Oprah show, there is an “epidemic of mindlessness” among
teenagers today, and America’s obsession with celebrity
is to blame.
My definition of ‘stupid’ is wasting your opportunity
to be yourself,” Pink said, “because I think everybody
has uniqueness and everybody’s good at something.”
I agree with Pink. Our society is becoming more superficial by
the minute, and we are obsessed with Hollywood, but it’s
not only Hollywood’s fault. The media are to blame as well.
Look at what kinds of shows have been available on MTV. Sweet
Sixteen, I Want a Famous Face, and Laguna Beach are just a few
of the materialistic reality shows whose stars’ main focus
are boys and looking beautiful. As a whole, these are a new soap
opera series for teenage girls.
On television, there is much emphasis on beauty and looking young
and thin, and little emphasis on being educated, achieving success,
or doing something good for humanity. Miss Seventeen is the only
show on MTV that focused on brains rather than beauty. The show
was about 17 accomplished and ambitious young women competing
in weekly character-testing challenges, where the last one standing
would get an internship at Seventeen magazine. There should be
more shows like this for teenage girls to watch.
Even though celebrities may not want to be role models for girls,
they are, and they need to understand their role and the impact
of their actions. The public is catching on, and sooner or later
they will stop supporting the shallow, young women of Hollywood.
Television producers also need to understand their role in society.
The shows they decide to air play a huge role in what girls think
about. Ratings are important to television networks and producers
favor shows with love, controversy, and beautiful people as the
stars. However, ratings will drop if all television gives us
is a continuing “epidemic of mindlessness.” TV too,
needs to push for change in society’s priorities. So do
Instead of focusing on what young Hollywood spends its money
on and what clubs they hang at, the media should focus to how
these stars became successful and how the hard work of discipline,
sacrifice, and self-confidence paid off.
This different view of a celebrity’s life would have a
more positive impact on girls. Why not focus more on what these
stars do to give back to the community or where they got their
education? America is tired of hearing about what Paris is wearing
or what club she dropped $100,000 at. We need more substance!
Journalists who write gossip columns should change their content.
Just because they are writing a gossip column doesn’t mean
the content of the column should be restricted to celebrity scandals
and affairs. The women of young Hollywood have a lot of positive
things to share with the world, and America would like to hear
it. The media should share which celebrity went to Africa to
help fight AIDS, or which celebrity put on a benefit concert
to raise money for breast cancer victims, or which celebrity
donated millions of dollars to help with the rebuilding of New
Women are losing their value in today’s society, being
bold and brave as a woman is becoming secondary to being cute,
dumb, and rich. If we don’t do something about this epidemic,
the only thing my daughter will learn while watching TV is that
she is not beautiful enough or rich enough to succeed at anything.