Before you continue to read this entry I invite you to go over to this website and watch the Stupid Girls video. I have liked Pink since her first album, even though I have to admit that I thought she was black before I saw her first video. She has a very soulful voice and can transmit emotion with her voice in a way that I have not heard a white singer do. The first single I listened to ‘Most Girls’, was a very cool R&B hit. Her career has evolved and she has jumped genre and is now more of a pop rock kind of act, but her music is still very good, in my opinion. While other singers like Christina Aguilera have touched the subject of “our society wanting to turn girls into babies that wear a size zero dress” with the song Beautiful, Pink’s all out attack on the current “celebrity” craze is blunt and nails a straight punch into the real problem.
Webster defines celebrity as a celebrated person. When you look up celebrated, it does not state that being followed by a group of people taking pictures of you while you try to take a step just because you are in a movie, or you are rich, that you should be celebrated. I admire people’s talents. I love certain actors and their performances, they should be recognized for the work they do… but I don’t believe in the whole celebrity idea. I am not going as far as saying that celebrities are destroying our society, but people’s misunderstanding of what they are is really hurting all of us.
Just because a celebrity looks a certain way does not mean that every single woman in the world should look like her. I like fashion, my sister wanted to become a fashion designer and even though she chose a different career she still managed to make her own prom dress that came out beautiful. Fashion is cool when it shows creativity, but when a celebrity wears a hat or some kind of shoes and then everyone stars wearing it, kind of makes me sick. I wear stuff that I like, that looks cool and I feel comfortable in. I don’t wear stuff because someone else wears it. I would wear a Vote for Pedro shirt, because I love the Napoleon Dynamite movie and think it is hilarious, but not because everyone else is wearing it.
Today’s problems in our society have to do a lot with lack of identity. We are not encouraged to come up with our own identity but to pick one from a variety of established ones. We are either pro something or anti something… there is no middle, there is no gray areas and we have to adopt labels at every step we take. Since when is being a individual became an almost insurmountable quest?
Pinks video shows one of my dreams. I want to see a woman president. While the prospect of Hilary Clinton or Even Oprah becoming president scares me, I do think we need to see a woman as the president. It makes me sad when I see so many young girls wanting to look like the people they see on TV. I am even sadder when those same girls want to be older than they are and jump into adulthood when they are only 12. Is the information age overloading our young ones brain with so much information that they are confused about what they should become? I know I don’t have all the answers, I know I am still confused even though I am getting close to being 30. I also know that I am an individual and even though I ended up being defined by an array of labels like, Hispanic, Martial Artist, Biker, Geek and Gamer, I still chose to be all of those things, I am not ashamed of being called any of those things, instead I am proud to know that I can be several different things and that no label will ever define everything that I am.