Okay, NJ, and readers far and wide, today we're going to talk about, *drum roll*
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In our ever growing societal need to be "healthy" and promote good judgement about the things that our kids eat for longevity in future generations, we sometimes forget how stupid we can be.
Of course, many of you are probably thinking: "Katy Perry's not even close to being in the genre of alternative rock, and although you've been able to stretch your area of expertise, this has to be outside of your jurisdiction."
Fair enough, Katy Perry is a pop singer, nobody's denying that, but the fact that she's been attacked over doing a commercial just speaks worlds about what kind of pressure the music scene is under to be role models, and I think that represents us the NJ rock scene as a whole.
Anyway, has anyone ever told you that gluten is bad for you? (Go gluten free dude! It's the best thing you'll ever do for yourself. It's like...I don't even know how it works, but do it!).
Well according to this article by Katherine Tallmadge, R.D., you really only need to if you have a medical sensitivity to gluten. Otherwise, you might be robbing yourself of essential proteins.
It's a parallel to the situation right now. People assume that soft drinks are bad for us because they're loaded with sugar, and chemicals and additives that are bad for children. And they are. But, at the end of the day, one can isn't going to kill you, and we should stop acting like Americans are made up of simple-minded consumers that will flock to the shelves to buy something just because a celebrity "endorsed it."
I think we've come a long way from assuming that because Katy Perry did one soda commercial, that all of a sudden the children of America will rise up and drink more Pepsi.
If you want to put an end to child obesity, promote moderation, going outside and interacting instead of giving your kids iPhones at age five, and of course, don't let them drink two liter bottles at a time, and they won't gain as much. Removing sugar from the diet is nearly impossible without hurting them, and this crusade we seem to have to destroy obesity at its source isn't going to do much good if we just shove things down kids' throats.
(I mean, it's a problem, but there's plenty of non-Honey BooBoo's out there that aren't beyond saving.)
Nobody's jumping at the opportunity to try meth because Walter White was an awesome dude on Breaking Bad, or eating more butter because John Lydon (we still hate you for this) did a TV spot for butter.
In short, the world needs to take a huge leap off its pedestal and accept that musicians need outlets for money too. And I know I've said I kind of resent musicians that go into commercials, and I do, I think it's prudent for pop singers to do so to solidify the fact that they are not truly artists, and in fact, entertainers.
"But Katy is a role model!"
I would be more concerned about how your kids reacted seeing Hannah Montana dry hump Robin Thicke at the VMA's. Don't you think that was a little overboard for a "role model," because I do.
And again, what is Katy supposed to do? I mean, should we slam every celebrity for being seen eating fast food and appearing in tabloids? There's a difference, I agree, between deliberately putting yourself out there, and just living your life casually, but as the Consumer Advocacy Group has suggested, celebrities who are big with children need to take a healthy stance on life, so if we see them in tabloids, how is that different from advertisements?
If Katy is seen in an ad promoting not drinking juice and soda and then is later seen in USA Today drinking a big gulp at 7-Eleven, then doesn't that make her a hypocrite? And further, even less of a good role model for children?
But what do you think, NJ? Should Katy be getting the flack she received for doing an almost innocent commercial for a soft-drink? I mean, sugary drinks as a whole are bad for you, but Sunny D and OJ are still flying off the shelves. So, what's the big deal? An entertainer did an entertaining spot.
Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and remember there is a difference between real artists and entertainers, and the latter, in my opinion (which I respect) should be given some leeway when it comes to pinning as "role models."