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Welcome to the fourth and last installment of Talk Amongst Yourselves Week. Today we’re going to read a post from Dr. Robyn of The Powerful Parent Blog. Dr. Robyn helped me out when I was flustered about Reagan’s obsession with the Princesses and Barbie. Her blog is a great resource for learning about and dealing with childhood issues.
Child and teen development expert, Dr. Robyn Silverman, provides easy-to-follow tips to parents and educators. Her tips have been seen in Prevention and Parents Magazines and she’s also been a featured guest on the national radio show with Dr. Drew Pinsky. She’s the creator of the Powerful Words Character Toolkit which is being used in over 500 after-school programs around the world. For more information or to contact Dr. Robyn, visit her website at www.DrRobynSilverman.com or to take part in her Powerful Parenting Blog.
Dr. Robyn recently wrote about a celebrity who would do drugs in order to raise her self esteem. Knowing how much the media plays a roll in our society today, and therefor our children’s lives, is this responsible to even say? Read Dr. Robyn’s post and tell us what you think.
People say and do ridiculous things everyday without thinking “maybe children or teens could be listening and watching.” Regular people need to watch what they say and do–but celebrities really need to take heed, don’t you think? It makes you think; what makes a good role model? I mean, look what happened whenMiley Cyrus did one ridiculous thing– the world stopped for 3 days! If you take a look at the comment section after the Miley Cyrus debacle, you’ll see that children and parents were certainly affected.
lifeswhatyoumakeit, on April 30th, 2008 at 2:11 am Said: Miley doesn’t need people sticking by her and insulting her biggest fan, Katrina. What she needs is someone to tell her, “STOP IT! YOU’RE THROWING EVERYTHING AWAY!” She does not need people who say, “Who cares, it’s just a temptation.” She needs people to believe in her and want her to get through this. I believe she can get through it, and when she does, I’ll be more than happy to regain my place as her number one fan. However, Katrina, if she does anything like this again, you are welcome to take my place, because I don’t want to look up to people who let me down again and again.
“I’ll be happy and say something nice about myself for a change, I’ll have gone to Amsterdam, done acid, done some amazing theatre in London. Beautiful!
So, what do you think could happen when a popular actress talks about dropping acid in order to improve her troubled self esteem and body image? Selma Blair, star of Hellboy,with the help of filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro, might need to know that when they speak, their fans are likely listening.
Of course…we hope not.
Selma Blair has admitted in the past that the only thing she likes about her body is her hands. Giillermo Del Toro suggested some acid would do the trick! Yes, of course it may make her well-loved hands look like enormous oven mitts, but Selma believes it’s worth a try.
“You know what Guillermo thinks? That I should go to Amsterdam and take an acid trip and it would fix my head. I think he could be right you know. You know, I’ve done some things to excess but I hate pot and I’ve never done acid or ecstasy. But if I was in the right frame of mind, in a pleasant, creative, chilled-out space, with just the right amount delivered by an Amsterdam technician, that would be incredible.”
So what does Selma Blair say about the future? It looks bright!
Could it be a joke? Does it matter?
Just for the record:
Full Name:Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD)
What does this have to do with self-esteem? LSD causes an inflation of the ego which, at least in Selma Blair’s eyes, may be an effective antidote for low self-esteem.
Children and teens, please cup your ears.
Yes, sometimes famous people say really stupid things. And yes, it’s LSD is illegal.
So what do you think? Are celebrities to consider themselves role models? How would our children react to hearing/reading about such things? I commented to Dr. Robyn that this was the most idiotic thing I’d heard from a celebrity in a while. Selma’s either stupid and gullible or she’s trying to sound open and willing in order to be considered edgy. I didn’t even comment on the fact that our daughters would be reading this somewhere and wondering if a little acid trip might do wonders for them as well. I don’t have a doubt that children are affected by what they see and hear. It’s up to us as parents to make sure this crap doesn’t reach them, and if it does we need to be prepared to sound off! What do you think? Talk amongst yourselves!