April 11, 2021

Worse than the Grinch and Darth Vader?

Britney Spears and Paris HiltonYou know that these two have to think that it cannot get much worse when children think that you’re further down the naughty list than fictional characters that are known to be the bad guys:

A poll of American children released on Wednesday found that the two high-profile celebrities should top Santa’s naughty list.

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The two women beat out Swiper the Fox from the television show Dora the Explorer, the Grinch from the book “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” and Darth Vader from Star Wars among children 2-12.

I can never really tell if Swiper’s supposed to be good or bad.  In some of the books, Dora comes to Swiper’s rescue and they actually seem to be friends.  Multi-dimensional bad guys along with teaching kids Spanish– gotta love it!

But back to the point, you know that things are going bad when young kids point to you as being bad.  Spears once capitalized on her good girl image and her sex appeal, but now it’s almost always bad news– and Miss Hilton is famous for amateur pornography.

These ladies are glorifying everything that’s wrong with the culture today– telling young girls that it’s popular to be bad.  So, I’m glad that kids are seeing them for the poor examples they are.

Now, if only we could get a hold of them with the life changing power of the Gospel!

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4 thoughts on “Worse than the Grinch and Darth Vader?

  1. There is no such thing as bad publicity, as these two have just proved. It may at first not seem good to be considered that bad, but just the fact that all those children know their names is promoting the franchise that is them. Even if the people think the two girls are evil, the very fact they know about them means they buy the magazines to read about what they did wrong this time.

  2. Very true, Loc. I was in the dollar store the other day and I was amazed that they actually had a coloring book devoted to Disney’s villains. I actually think I also saw a Mickey’s House of Mouse with just the villains as well. In my house, Captain Hook may get played with as much if not more than Peter Pan.

    There’s a real attraction to some villains, and our culture today seems to hold up the bad girls as role models more than it does the good girls. If a good girl is promoted, it appears as if they’re waiting for her to fall.

    I’m not sure what can be done to change it, though?

  3. It might actually be a good thing that the bad girl is praised and the good girl is ignored. We as a people adore what we cannot or will not be. We adore the Lord of the Rings characters, because amazing sword men who fight orcs for the good of the planet is something we will never be. We adore 007 because he is something we will never be. If you go down the list everyone we adore is someone we will never be. So shouldn’t it be considered a good thing that we adore the bad girls, because that means the majority of us will never be them.

  4. Interesting, Loc. I’m certain that many girls will not become celebrities and definitely will not receive the special treatment that comes with it. However, I would think that there are many girls who try to copy their style, their actions, or see their bad behavior as something that is cool– and that is accessible. So, if we praise the bad girl with all of her bad ways, how do we stop our children from wanting that kind of stuff.

    A young girl that starts to dress like Britney or Paris, copies their gyrations, etc. may be headed into more trouble, and if you don’t have a good relationship with your parents early, that could lead to quite the battle. I can see the case that the kids say “But Paris does this, and it looks so fun!”

    I see what you’re saying, and you’re right– it probably can go both ways.

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