Her jabs at Kim Kardashian and Blake Lively were not only appropriate, but I believe necessary in an era where young girls idolize celebrities. I appreciate that Reese has been able to reach such a high level of success in the entertainment industry without resorting to the tactics we often see today from girls. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Kim Kardashian have soared in popularity using their "bad girl" methods. Sex tapes and naked photos have led to acting careers (and successful businesses) while drugs and alcohol binges ensure they remain in the spotlight. These original bad girls of Hollywood have influenced other young female celebrities trying to increase publicity to engage in scandalous behavior as well. Remember the racy photos of Miley Cyrus that were leaked online? It wasn't long after that she did an even more risque photo shoot with Vanity Fair.
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The list continues to grow, and actor Lawrence Fishburne's daughter, Montana, is the perfect example of the Bad Girls of Hollywood Effect. She openly stated that she wanted to get involved in porn and release a sex tape so that she could make it big in Hollywood, just like Kim Kardashian did.
With such a high level of adoration of celebrities, and so few good examples for young girls to choose from, it's no wonder sexting has become a popular teen activity today. The influence that stars' actions have on young girls may be more powerful than we want to believe, watching girls trade in sneakers for high heels, and frilly dresses for miniskirts at increasingly younger ages is an alarming sight. We need to set better examples and decrease our worship of celebrity drama to try and get our female youth on the right track.
(Article first published as Thank You, Reese Witherspoon on Technorati.)