There’s too much news recently about several female celebrities who have gone over the edge, such as Paris Hilton (who has reportedly done a copmlete 180-degree turn from living wild), Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan–all of whom we’ve been featuring here on Froodee, and who probably deserve their own main categories in the sidebar!
Here’s a breath of fresh air from yet another celebrity that the youth today are looking up to. Emma Watson played Hermione Granger in the five Harry Potter films so far, and is slated to reprise her role in the two remaining film installments. From a People article, she says there are too many stupid girls in the media!
“There are too many stupid girls in the media,” Watson, 17, tells Parade magazine in this weekend’s issue. “Hermione’s not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that’s bad.”
Likening certain aspects of her personality to Hermione’s, Watson says, “I’m a bit of a feminist. I’m very competitive and challenging.”
Maybe she was referring to the three celebs cited above.
Seriously, though, I think the stupidity–using Ms. Watson’s own words–of celebrities has been sensationalized by the media who, in my opinion, have too much coverage of such “news.” Controversy leads to hits and pageviews, after all. And that leads to advertising revenue.
But I think media also has the responsibility to cast light on the more positive aspects of celebrity. There are a handful of celebrities out there that exude a respectable, mature and responsible persona, whom the rest of us–especially kids and the youth–can look up to as role models.
As for the Harry Potter books and films, I haven’t been much of a fan (not as much as I was a fan of Tolkien’s books and Peter Jackson’s Lord films), but I find myself lately being interested, because July is HP month after all: the fifth film and the last book are set to be released later this month, and are eagerly being anticipated around the world. Of course, I’m intrigued with how it will end.