Britney Spears: Role Model Or Irresponsible?
The music industry has a tremendous effect on the social and cultural lifestyles of school-age children. Most Elementary and Junior high age children are buying CD's in record numbers and look up to a lot of singers that they see on MTV and hear on the radio. Since most young girls, ages seven to thirteen, look up to the young popular female singers, they think it's okay to emulate what they see singers doing in the growing entertainment world today. In an attempt to imitate pop stars like Britney Spears, I've seen girls dressing too provocative for their age, wearing too much make-up, and trying to act " sexy" for the boys. I feel that these girls are growing up too soon and are missing out on the fun things that kids their age should be doing. When an entertainer is catapulted to stardom at an early age, I feel that they have a responsibility of being a good, positive role model to their listening and viewing audience. When you become famous, you have a tremendous responsibility of setting a good example to your fans, especially the younger ones. The singer and their promoters need to realize that how they portray themselves affects the actions of our young ones, and should try to keep the songs, dress, and videos appropriate for their young audiences.
Today when you ask young girls who their favorite female singer is, chances are they will say Britney Spears. Upon hearing that name, some of you might say: "Oh, you mean that sweet innocent southern girl?", while most of you might say: " Oh, you mean that female singer who is trying to grow up too fast?" A lot of parents have questioned whether Britney Spears is a good role model to her audience, which is mostly young girls and teens. With an audience too young to even drive, Spears broadcasts lyrics that come under fire as perhaps too suggestive, submissive, and mature in content for little ears to hear. Teen dream songs have fantasized about romance since the 1950's, but this thin dance metaphor breaks down when Spears delivers it jiggling, concealed by not much more than a tiny tank top and six or more inches of middrift. From what it looks like, she is trying to grab the attention of men and what I think she doesn't realize is that millions of little girls across the nation are looking up to her thinking that it's okay to dress and act this way when in essence, it really isn't.
Most seven, eight, and nine-year-olds see Britney and her videos on the Disney Channel and on Nickelodeon, while the ten to thirteen-year-olds see her on MTV. The young girls see her performing videos and concerts in tight-fitting, over-revealing outfits, and they see her showing up at awards shows wearing next to nothing! Flames were fanned on Spears' flame of controversy this past summer when she made a rather flouncy...
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Ever since I was really little, I have been obsessed with Britney Spears. I threw a Britney Spears-themed birthday party when I was turning three, and when people asked me what I wanted to be when I was older, my answer was either a mom or Britney Spears. I wanted to be Britney Spears when I grew up. A little bit of me still does. I am so obsessed that this past Halloween at a couple's costume date night, my date and I dressed up as the denim dynamic duo Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
As such, I connect with almost all of her songs. So for this week's post I decided to connect her music with a topic we can all relate to: essays. Here is Britney Spears's outline of the essay writing process.
1. "I Wanna Go" ("Femme Fatale")
Your natural reaction to when your teacher announces an essay that is due in two weeks. Can I leave class now? Do I have to be in this class? Can I drop it? I want out.
2. "Anticipating" ("Britney")
You set a date for when to write your essay. If you start it a week before it's due, you'll get it done in no time, and you won't even stress about it. But then you make plans... and push back your plan to write the essay...And soon enough you have spent almost two weeks procrastinating.
3. "Do Somethin'" ("Greatest Hits: My Prerogative")
It's 10 p.m., and your essay is due at 8 a.m. the next morning. You have to start writing it, right now. You yell at yourself for not starting sooner, and begin looking at the prompt.
4. "Break the Ice" ("Blackout")
You have your title picked out, and wrote your headline. You begin to type your introduction, drawing it out until it takes up almost your whole first page.
5. "(You Drive Me) Crazy" ("...Baby One More Time")
You begin complaining about your paper, but really you're complaining about how long you have procrastinated. You cannot believe you have to write this six-page essay.
6. "I'm a Slave 4 U" ("Britney")
You feel like you'll be writing this essay for the rest of your life. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Will I make it to the conclusion?
7. "If U Seek Amy" ("Circus")
You start to implicitly, or explicitly, curse your essay, your major, and your life decisions. Who wants to write a paper on cloning? Who wants to be a doctor? Why did I say yes to going out last weekend?
8. "Work B**ch" ("Britney Jean")
You're getting this paper done. It is now 1 a.m. and you are three pages in. You have so much left to do, but you have accomplished so much.
9. "Blur" ("Circus")
You are so tired now. Nothing you write makes sense. Yet you are too far gone to edit your paper, or try to make more sense. You just keep writing.
10. "Oops!... I Did It Again" ("Oops!... I Did It Again")
You have said everything you could, and only end up with five-and-a-half pages. You need to get it to six. Now you are filling in your sentences, redundantly rewording and repeating ideas you have stated in the previous paragraph.
11. "Don't Cry" ("Britney Jean")
You want to quit your paper and just not go to class in the morning, but this paper is important for your grade, and your mom would kill you if you got another C, so you try to not cry. Man, it's so hard to not cry at 3 a.m.
12. "Kill the Lights" ("Circus")
You finally finished your paper! It's 3:30 a.m. and you turn your lights off, trying to squeeze in a few hours of sleep before class.
13. "Freakshow" ("Blackout")
You show up to class a mess. You haven't showered, you're wearing your comfiest and sloppiest sweatpants, and you're downing coffee. You're not sure if you can thrive off of four hours of sleep.
14. "Stronger" ("Oops!... I Did It Again")
You turn in your paper, and you feel so accomplished. You are now skilled in writing essays. You can go through the day on just four hours of sleep. You are no longer that essay's property. You're stronger now than yesterday.
15. "...Baby One More Time" ("...Baby One More Time")
Just when you get back to your normal sleep schedule and make big plans for the weekend, you have another essay due. Back to the process.