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by Brittany Yap, associate editor

 

The problem:

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.

The solution:

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 the media.

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 Orleans.

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.

 

 

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