posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:44 am
Christina Aguilera recently appeared on the show Chelsea Lately. Her interview began with host Chelsea Handler coming onstage wearing a skimpy Aguilera-style outfit. In the discussion following, the singer and The Voice judge admitted that she felt free when she didn’t wear pants, just nylons. She further revealed that she loves to go “commando.” Lovely! (Can you hear my sarcasm?)
See the video:
Now, I know Chelsey Lately is a late-night adult show and that the likelihood of young girls are watching it is slim. However, I wasn’t watching Chelsey Lately when I first saw this clip. I found it on Comcast.net. And I’m pretty sure any young Aguilera fan could find this video after searching for her online.
It is the spread of this type of media that is most damaging to young girls. Even though the initial interaction was on an adult program, it quickly became available online. And for those who are ready to argue that we at PI are playing a part in spreading the video, my response is that our copy is accompanied by an article that condemns Aguilera’s actions. We’re not endorsing it or glorifying it. We’re using it to demonstrate a point about the media.
When I saw this video. I was prompted to think about Amanda Todd and other young girls who sexualize themselves online. We live in a world where celebrities dress or act provocatively in order to advance their careers or get attention. Sadly, for the celebs it usually works.
So why wouldn’t young girls think it’s harmless also? It’s all innocent fun for the celeb, right? At least, that’s the impression they like to give. Why wouldn’t young girls behave in the same way? But when they do, real life kicks in. Because behaving this way in the real world has real world consequences. It may be considered cool in Hollywood, but it’s not cool in real society.
I don’t know if there is officially a connection between a star’s reckless actions in public and young girls behaving immodestly, but it seems obvious to me, at least, that if young girls are fans of these stars, they often choose to be like them and emulate their actions.
I believe that Aguilera has a responsibility to young girls, especially since she’s a judge on The Voice, a show with a target audience of young people. I honestly don’t care what she does privately, but promoting her willingness to sexualize herself in public is simply irresponsible.
When a Hollywood celeb’s irresponsible actions are admired, are young girls empowered to act the same way?