I hadn’t really planned on writing this type of post, but I found myself leaving this as a comment on another post and it grew into a post of it’s own.
I don’t really keep up on this stuff and I don’t have girls but I’d have to live under a rock to not see the talk about Miley Cyrus and her Vanity Fair photo shoot. My personal opinions is that being in the lime light is very difficult. If a “regular” girl the age of these Disney girls had similar issues it would be unfortunate but hardly national news. They would be glossed over as teenage behavior, would be difficult for those involved and then the world would go on. The honest and unfortunate truth is many girls get pregnant as teenagers, agree to do things(photo shoots, for instance) without taking the full impact into account, get involved in drinking and drugs, and many other things. There is such a long line of Disney girls that have gotten into trouble that it makes me wonder if the blame is, maybe, being misplaced. Clearly the temptations placed in front of these girls is great and the consequences for slipping up is probably even more life altering than if they were just regular girls, in regular high schools, in regular lives.
Perhaps supporting the girls and criticizing the position that they have been placed in would be more appropriate. I understand that very young girls look up to these Disney girls as role models. But maybe that’s part of the problem… The truth is that ADULTS were responsible for placing these young girls in risky positions. It’s the adults that should be criticized first. I’m not saying these girls are blameless but there is a bigger picture issue at play here.