Sweets turned sour

Photo by: Courtesy of MCT Campus

From mood-enhancing drugs to twerking, and even erratic behavior and a routine visit to the local rehab, a pattern seems to exist in today’s latest Disney and Nickelodeon princesses: the destruction of their childhood star image.

It seems to happen as soon as one crosses the 20-year-old threshold: the pimples go away and the crazy settles in. For Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, a bad-girl image erupted, spewing out chunks of sexualization and twerking. As for the teenage witch Selena Gomez, she picks up a bong in her latest R rated movie, Spring Breakers. Or the “classic” Mean Girls lead Lindsay Lohan who, lets face it, made just a few wrong choices on her way to adulthood. Or even possibly Demi Lovato, who went to rehab after feeling just a few minor stomach pains. And finally – it’s a shame not to include her– the indecisive Amanda Bynes, who teeters back-and-forth between a love-hate relationship with rapper Drake.

Although easy for a bystander to watch the hurricane these girls whip up and criticize their actions, it might be time to try and understand what’s going on in the eye of the storm. It comes with the job, the pressure and standards the general public has put on these stars.

Each one’s always under the watchful eye of the paparazzi and press; it’s only a matter of time before someone makes the wrong move. Society expects each star to act a certain way and talk a certain way, almost as if everyone else does the thinking for them, and eventually someone’s going to crack.

It’s time these girls shed those last few pounds of baby fat and start experiencing adulthood, and it’s not their fault if the public can’t seem to grasp the idea of a child who’s grown up. Some of the things these girls do happen in the average everyday life, but these days the public would rather criticize the damsels in distress than focus on more important things like our economy or possibly even the lack of government in our country right now.

But with power comes responsibility, and limits do exist. These teen royalties need to understand with every action there’s a reaction, and they might eventually have to come to terms with the choices they’ve made. Sometimes the aftermath doesn’t always look as pretty as the culprit.

However, by all means, it’s great for these girls to go wild, bad, and do what they want. My hopes are just that someone doesn’t break a twerk bone in the midst of it all. I think if the legendary Britney Spears could make it through 2007, then some of these girls can manage the same. Now bring in the dancing lobsters.