Sex tapes, nude pictures, drugs and alcohol are just some of the negative things associated with todayâ€™s celebrities. Yet, stars like Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan are still being idolized by young girls and adolescent boys coming into puberty.
What kids and teens canâ€™t see is that most celebrities in mainstream media donâ€™t deserve to be put on such a high pedestal.
In the old days, movie stars like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe were praised and looked up to for decades as these beautiful, perfect creatures. No one knew about Deanâ€™s alleged alcohol abuse or Monroeâ€™s addiction to prescription pills. Those were the days before the Internet hit Hollywood like a tornado. Nowadays everyoneâ€™s dirty laundry is aired on TMZ around the clock so with all the information we have now, kids and teens can surely find better idols.
There are really no other two people who rode the sex tape fame train more than Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.
For Hilton, the tape boosted her popularity and made her more of a socialite than she already was because of her last name. Kardashian, on the other hand, has made a living not only for her but for her whole family because of the infamous Ray-J sex tape.
Donâ€™t believe those tears you see on her reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians either; Kimmy got quite a lump sum when she settled with porn distributor Vivid Entertainment, according to People.com. Kardashian has now built an empire and is worth millions for not really doing much other than posing for pictures and dating athletes.
Conveniently forgetting that the whole world has seen her naked and that she is the â€œbuttâ€ of many jokes, Kardashian is giving young girls everywhere the message that all it takes is one sex tape and youâ€™re famous.
Kimâ€™s BFF Lindsay Lohan doesnâ€™t have a sex tape, but sheâ€™s sure got everything else: drugs, alcohol and smoking. She sure is a triple threat. Lohanâ€™s addictions have had her in and out of court, but she is just among the long list of celebrities who have abused drugs and alcohol.
Nicole Richie, Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Love, Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson have all been arrested while under the influence of a drug or alcohol. Some were arrested while driving under the influence, such as Nicole Richie, who drove into oncoming traffic â€“ way to be an example to teens just getting their licenses.
Most of the time, we see celebrities looking their absolute best on the big screen, walking red carpets and modeling in photo shoots. We want to be as skinny as them, have the same hair color and wear the same clothing. They look so happy in front of the camera â€“ who would have known someone like Heath Ledger to be depressed and abusing sleeping pills.
According to HeraldSun.com, Xanax, Valium and sleeping aids were found around his bed when he was found dead. Amy Winehouse recently joined the famous â€œ27 Clubâ€ that includes talents like Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, all who died at the age of 27 allegedly because of drug-related issues.
Even celebrities who give out a good message with their music are failing to be the right kind of idol for teens. Lady Gaga, who sings songs of acceptance and individuality, appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
With all the innovators of our time like Steve Jobs of Apple, Bill Gates and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, kids should not pick celebrities to idolize when they have so many other great choices.