Why Are Young Starlets So Eager To Debase Themselves?
Yesterday, Dustin’s Spring Breakers review pretty much confirmed what I suspected — that this film is merely a sexploitation flick that Harmony Korine created as a means to put two former Disney starlets, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, in bikinis and convince them to do unspeakable things like get freaky with James Franco in a hot tub even though his character, Alien, is clearly not a good choice of men with whom to swap spit. And of course, Korine tries and fails to ascribe a higher meaning to his latest piece of work, but because the movie features Franco deep-throating loaded pistols, we’re supposed to explain this movie away as “art.”
Meanwhile, I find myself nearly overjoyed that this movie will finally receive a limited release this weekend because that means this round of “starlets attempting to be taken seriously as actresses by showing tits and ass” will soon come to a merciful end. Is anyone else legitimately disturbed by this continuing trend and failure to learn from the mistakes of starlets past? It’s like Showgirls all over again. I remember watching MTV (back when it was a real channel) and wondering why Elizabeth Berkley was so enthusiastically promoting that movie, which surely wouldn’t do anything to move her past her “Saved by the Bell” shtick. Yet she appeared to genuinely believe her raunchy, Vegas stripper role would elevate her to Oscar-level roles in the future.
It’s a heartbreaking phenomenon that repeats itself over and over again. Jessica Biel in Powder Blue is merely one recent example of a starlet attempting to work herself out of a career rut by taking it all off. Kristen Stewart also starred in Welcome to the Rileys as part of an early attempt to distance herself from the Twilight franchise. Neither one of these attempts were successful, and now Gomez of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place” and Hudgens of the High School Musical trilogy are attempting the same sort of maneuver. True, they’re not exactly playing strippers, but they are taking off most of their clothing, wielding guns, and writhing all over the place.
Where are these actresses’ agents in all of this, and why do they allow them to sign onto such obvious clunkers? Part of me has wondered whether or not these actresses truly realize what they’re getting themselves into as a matter of course. They often universally speak of wanting to earn acting cred with these skin-bearing roles, but is it honestly part of their game as well? Sort of like the real-life strippers who (allegedly) claim to be putting themselves through grad school. Because it’s hard to believe that even very young adults are gullible enough to believe the words coming out of their own mouths. For example, Gomez has articulated her sole reason for signing onto this movie: “I want to be taking myself more seriously as an actress.” Hudgens has followed suit: “I want people to look at me not as that girl from High School Musical, but as an actress they admire.” Really?
Thank goodness that my daughter, who enjoyed the HSM movies and really digs Selena Gomez (who still remains the lone survivor of recent Disney alumni without any nude photo, drug, or eating disorder scandals) hasn’t realized the existence of Spring Breakers (hey, I may let her watch some violent, R-rated movies, but one has to draw the line somewhere).
Anyway, here is my question for you: Does this trend of starlets playing strippers or otherwise sexually aggressive roles disturb you in any way, or it just silly? Dudes, are you drawn into these types of movies, or would you just prefer to get your pr0n from the internet?
Agent Bedhead lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her little black heart can be found at Celebitchy.