Good Girls Gone
This article happens to focus solely on female celebrity behaviour – this is not to say that the chaps don’t and haven’t behaved just as undesirably, but coming from a gal to a majority of gal readers –we can do better than this right?
P.s I’m going to try not to get too Judgey Judgerson here cause that really isn’t cool.
Amanda Bynes’ most recent performances sadly have not been in fun teen rom-coms; but played out on the streets – and cells -of L.A.
On April 6th, Amanda was arrested and charged with a DUI after an incident involving a police car at 3am. Oh honey, I’m not sure it matters how vehemently your father denies that you drink or how heartfelt his claims are that you were “upset and emotional” No matter how you spin it, a 3am DUI is as telling as a wrist full of those little paper nightclub wristbands. ‘Upset’ and ‘Emotional’ (to paraphrase that scene from The Princess Bride) don’t, I think, mean what you think they mean. They are not really excuses for crashing your car or going to rehab or stumbling about flashing your crotch ahem Lindsay Lohan: I’ll get to you later…and so it seems that recently there seems to have been an influx of formerly talented and well-regarded starlets having very public falls from grace. Or rather very public tumbles-out-of-clubs-in-the-early-hours-of-the-mornings from grace. Which makes me wonder: do any of us actually believe that wild, drunken party behaviour is cool anymore?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no square. I have a rep; with my family especially; of being a party-girl. “Going out again?” They say. “Where are you out to this time?” They ask. “What time will you eventually get in, if at all?”My mum wonders. But that doesn’t mean I behave like a Jersey Shore cast member whilst I’m out there.
The one and only time I have been out of control drunk, it didn’t feel wild and exciting and cool. It felt scary and daunting and the next day, I was ashamed. I won’t go into details but it did involve falling on my backside inches from a moving vehicle, begging someone to call an ambulance/my mum whilst grasping the toilet for dear life, some random boy dressing up as a doctor and coming in to ‘help’ me and the sister of my then roommate taking out my hair extension and sleeping in the bed next to me and my basin.
And see; even whilst arguing against the issue, I tried to make that embarrassing little explanation sound funny and witty for the entertainment of others. What is up with that?
Or is that just it? We don’t actually think behaving like stereotypical frat boys and sorority gals is all that cool, but we expect others do?
Rihannahas recently been inundating the world with wildly inappropriate, attention seeking tweets and oh-so-cool Intsagram pics. Whether the world cares or not. One snap featured a nip-slip. Oh Rihanna, you naughty girl. Sigh. The theme of many more pictures posed in swimwear, underwear or BETTER YET – topless is getting a bit tired now is it not? Another photo uploaded while the singer was partying at Coachella appeared to show her rolling a joint whilst perched atop her body-guard’s shoulders.
I’m sure she isn’t the only young women out to enjoy herself, show off her enviable body and get a little appreciation but some will argue that she is a prominent one in the public eye. Our little Good Girl Gone Bad has just been named as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people. Wait, what? Well, I suppose a bad influence can still be considered influential, right? Interestingly though, I disagree that famous people need to modify their behaviour completely to be a role-model. I believe it’s up to parents to teach their children what’s acceptable and decent and help guide their opinions of what’s admirable. For me, the recent Rihanna stuff is more about her own self-esteem and self-image and that’s what seems more troubling. One of the tweets from her account around this time stated:
“I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else”.
If you have to TELL people how crazy you are; chances are you probably aren’t all that cray-cray after all. And generally, people don’t like to be told what to think of you, it’s nice to discover an opinion of someone yourself.
But does she care? I’m guessing not so much based on one of her latest tweets directed at MTV:
“@MTV Yikes…. @rihanna ran out of fucks to give”
Now, getting back to Lindsay Lohan a.k.a the old Amanda Bynes. She seemed to be getting herself back on track. Off probation, getting REAL jobs, being a glorious red-head again…and that was cool. But recent turn of events has seen her caught lying about not being in a nightclub where she is accused of assaulting a woman and in danger of losing her big chance in the Elizabeth Taylor Lifetime movie due to her questionable face filling fixation. The Lifetime role recently wrapped but not without the usual catalogue of problems associated with La Lohan. Late to set, unprepared, another car crash, more lying to cops, being rude to co-stars…does anyone truly look up to this girl anymore? I’d be concerned if they did. Her next role is slated to be in semi-pornographic film The Canyons. Tasteful art house flick this ain’t! We won’t even go into her latest ‘photo-shoot’ with Terry Richardson in a hotel room where she plays around with a gun, sticking it in her mouth as you do. It’s all just too tacky and sad for words.
I am not ashamed to admit my girl-crush list is made up of generally wholesome, well-mannered, well dressed young ladies. Keira Knightley, Kate Middleton, Zooey Deschanel, Rachel Bilson…OK, so Lana Del Rey may be the exception that proves the rule, but a made-up name and fetish for aging rock-stars is hardly Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde territory is it? (Although she didpull of that snazzy beret rater well…)
I for one am proud to admit that I always wear underwear, I have never tried illegal substances, I respect myself and others around me and I intend to keep it that way. But I’m still a pretty cool chick.
(Oh God, did I really just say ‘chick’….?)
Let me know what you think in the comments!