Media Punching Bags Who Could Use A Break
12:00 pm, June 6th | by
I may not be famous, but I know one could do a lot worse than lead the life of a celebrity. Rolling in money, attending high profile parties, and having months and months of rest all sound appealing, but there are definite downsides to the spotlight. The paparazzi is often criticized for being harsh and invasive, but Internet commentators can be downright evil, and both of these groups love poking fun at A-listers. TMZ publishes articles about Lindsay Lohan’s “ bouncing boobs,” Miley Cyrus is reprimanded for smoking a bong like countless other teenagers, Amanda Bynes is labeled a train-wreck for her driving offenses, and Patricia “Tan Mom” Krentcil is made fun of for choosing a bronzed look.
All of these women and more are often bashed for some unimportant reason or another, and while they certainly seem to enjoy the attention to some degree, they’ve done nothing to be lumped in the media punching bag category. Here are some ladies who have taken more flak than necessary from haters.
Singer Miley Cyrus hasn't always made the most mature life choices. She spent her 18th birthday
partying with a bong, wore a really weird short white thing at the Billboard awards, and is now engaged at 19. The media loves to laugh about her wild ways and predict she's going to repeat Britney Spears's history and make some more questionable decisions at a young age, but she's still growing and learning, and what teenage doesn't experiment a little? I personally don't understand why anyone would want to be a teen bride, but come on, guys. She's not hurting anyone, and settling down early could actually tame her.
Lindsay Lohan is always under a microscope, and while she may have enjoyed being watched and written about in 2004, it's safe to say she'd probably like a lower profile now. Even so, the public craves LiLo crisis stories and the media seems to enjoy
reporting on her flubs. After photos surfaced of Lohan in the character of Elizabeth Taylor, the Daily Mail published a piece with the headline, "That wouldn't have happened to Elizabeth! Lindsay Lohan falls out of her sundress in dramatic new scenes on Liz and Dick set." So she had a wardrobe malfunction. Guess what? That happens to people everyday, and Lohan shouldn't be stoned to death or smeared for falling victim to this during filming.
"She's the Man" star Amanda Bynes showed so much potential as a performer before she retired from the industry, and it has been awful to watch her downward spiral
since then. She's now taking issue with the president over her April DUI, which she and her father claim was unfair, as she does not drink. That wasn't the first instance of vehicle drama on her part, as she'd previously been stopped by the L.A.P.D. for driving while using her cell phone. The media wants her to be this troubled former child actress, but she may just be going through a rough patch right now. Everybody has those, famous or non-famous, and she certainly isn't the first person in the world to be accused of this crime. Non-famous folks do it too without taking heat 24/7 from outside parties.
Patricia "Tan Mom" Krentcil has inspired
many hilarious news items since being thrust into the public eye last month for allegedly putting her elementary school aged daughter into a tanning bed, and a lot of the stories of the New Jersey tan addict have been less than kind. There's no doubt she loves the press, so I definitely wouldn't say she's being unfairly targeted or the ultimate victim. Even so, many have been quick to declare her nuts and off her rocker, but who isn't a little weird? It's right to argue that kids don't belong in tanning beds, but a tad bit condescending to say Tan Mom is the worst mother in the world or a complete psycho. Everybody has eccentricities: Tan Mom's are just a lot more obvious and visual than most.
Kim Kardashian's short marriage to Kris Humphries was given a
brutal treatment in the media, but as I said last week, she's done nothing to warrant the amount of negative attention she has received for her personal choices. It's also unbecoming to see otherwise admirable people such as Jon Hamm make insanely hurtful comments about her out of nowhere. She's not famous for her wits, but she never claimed to be an expert on anything outside her reality TV show world, so it's time to stop ripping on all the seemingly dumb things she does.