Taylor Momsen, You're 16 - Stop Selling Yourself Through Sex!
Taylor Momsen, the star of "Gossip Girl," is trying hard to make it as a rocker exploiting her sexy corset, garter and stocking-clad body for attention. And her role model is a 16 year-old drug addict. Someone stop the sexploitation!
Here's the deal: Last weekend Taylor performed both Friday and Saturday nights in a nylon corset so short it exposed her underpants,plus garters and black stockings .Both nights her well-endowed breasts were almost falling out of her corset top; she sported thick ,dark black eyeliner circled heavily around her eyes and wore high clear Lucite heels with the word "tips" embellished on them with dollar bills, visible inside. Nice!
Is this any way for any 16-year-old girl to dress? "She looks like she's a hooker who's been ravaged sexually - like she's had rough sex," asserts Cooper Lawrence, psychology expert and author of The Cult of Celebrity. "She's wearing clothing that prostitutes wore in bordellos. A girl who wears garters is sending the message that she's easily available sexually."
Well, that's an extremely disturbing message for any minor to be sending, especially when her audience is a mix of young teen and tween Gossip Girl show fans, and now older men, turned on by her performances with her new band, appropriately named, The Pretty Reckless.
The last time a 16-year-old made a music career out of appearing on stage clad only in a corset, panties, stockings and dark eyeliner, was when Joan Jett's infamous Runaways lead singer, Cherie Currie created this identical sexually provocative look, circa 1976 that Taylor is now copying completely.
Take a look at the pics here of blonde Cherie whose nickname was Cherry Bomb, and whose 16-year-old "jail bait" appeal was hugely exploited by the bands' manager. Taylor has actually admitted in interviews to being inspired by Joan Jett's hair. "I pulled up a bunch of photos of Joan Jett and said, "do that to my hair." I think she's referring to the wild roughness of Jett's do. But hey, I think she was inspired by a lot more of Joan than her hair.
In any case, Cherie Currie is hardly the role model you'd want a 16-year-old girl to have today. She famously became a drug addict, overdosed, quit the band and battled drug addiction for many years. Oh, and that's after she experimented with a whole lot of sex -- heterosexual, lesbian and group bed-ins.
Today, she's a recovered addict and would probably shake her head at copycat Momsen, and warn her of the dangers of exploiting her jail bait sexuality to sell her new album, "Light Me Up."
Taylor seems to think that she's grown-up enough to use her body as a selling tool without repercussions. She's said, "I live a very adult life: I have two different careers; what am I going to do, hang out with high school kids? I just can't relate to what they talk about - it seems so petty."
Well, if you're so mature Taylor, then you'd see the hazards of encouraging grown men to look at you with lust.
"If you put Taylor's photos where she's showing her underwear up on a porn site, her parents could be arrested for child pornography," believes Dr. Jenn Berman, a psychotherapist and host on Cosmo Radio. "If I put a picture like that on the Internet and my daughter was 16, Child Services would be calling. Why is it different if your child can make millions?"
The bottom line is that no matter how old Taylor thinks she is, she's still only a teen and she's ultimately having her "jail bait" sexuality like Cherie Currie - exploited to sell a product - her music.
If she has the writing and singing talent, she thinks she has, does she really need to rely on hookerwear to sell her music?
Britney went down the jail bait road too and it hasn't turned out very well for her. Miley's trying the same thing, though even her vampy getups don't go nearly as far as Taylor's.
"These talented young girls become objects and pawns for people who they make money for - including parents. Ultimately, it becomes a very empty experience - and they don't feel loved for themselves, only for what they can produce for money and attention, and then they reach for drugs," warns Dr. Berman.
Taylor - take warning from your role model, the Cherry Bomb, Cherie Curry! Taylor, you and your parents, need to stop selling your sexuality.
Maybe Child Services should be called to save you from yourself!
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