Do Disney Stars Realize How Much of an Influence they have?

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Many people look up to the actors and singers on Disney as kids. It’s quite common for children to name shows on the Disney channel as their favorite thing to watch on T.V. A lot of current teenagers grew up watching actors or singers like the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, etc. on a daily basis and looked up to them as role models. A large amount of young children and kids age 10-13 are fans of Disney actors such as Bridgit Mendler, Zendaya, and Bella Thorne, and view them as an example to follow. Whenever Disney stars get caught in some sort of scandal that takes away from their role model image, there is an uproar of concerns from both parents and the kids themselves. Many kids are disappointed to see the people they once looked up to go down a wrong path in life. The Pioneer asked some students if Disney stars make an impact on kids, and if so, do they realize it?

“I think Disney puts a lot of pressure on their actors to be perfect and that’s wrong, so I understand when they sometimes make bad decisions. But they should realize that it doesn’t only affect them or the Disney channel but it also affects the children that watch them. It can even crush their dreams because these kids look up to people like Miley and Demi and then they realize that they’re not who they appear to be. Kids either start to think it’s okay and follow the same path or they just get disappointed.” – Brenda Castro

“I think that it is really sad that so many teenage celebrities go down that path. They are held to such a high standard so when they make a mistake, everyone knows it. It usually influences kids really negatively and makes them start to do the same things.” – Nakeyah Williams

Recently, Joe Jonas admitted in an interview that while they were all still on Disney, he smoked weed with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. He also talked about how fell down a set of stairs when he was drunk and got injured. He was scared that somebody would get pictures of it and people would know that he was drinking while he was still acting in the Disney show JONAS. He is one of many former Disney stars that seem to have a secret lifestyle that most of the public, especially their fans, does not know about.

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Miley Cyrus, the former Hannah Montana star, has been all over the news as of late for her antics that have completely abolished her Disney girl image. After her VMA performance, her inappropriate music videos, and several references to drug use, almost everyone started to view her differently. She most likely did all of this intentionally, because she doesn’t want to be seen as the girl who played Hannah Montana anymore, but it was very disappointing for many of her fans. Many parents, especially of younger children, were outraged at her behavior. Miley Cyrus is one of the most idolized celebrities of this decade, and her actions have definitely impacted many of her fans. In a recent interview, she was asked about the fact that at one point, she said she would never get a tattoo, but now she has several. She said that it was not a change of heart, but that she knew the entire time that she was going to get several tattoos, but she lied because she didn’t want to ruin her image as Hannah Montana. Although many people are outraged, there have been many people who still idolize her and even copy her actions.

Former Disney actor and singer Demi Lovato has also been the subject of controversy at times. Lots of teenage girls look up to her, and although she may be considered a good role model in some ways, there have also been many times when fans, even the ones who idolize her or try to be like her, have been shocked or disappointed by her behavior. She has admitted to alcohol and drug use on various occasions. Recently, she has said that she is trying to change her actions and her life so that she can be a role model, and she claims that she has accepted the responsibility of having younger kids look up to her.

People always have varying opinions on whether or not celebrities should be role model for children and teenagers, but regardless of whether it is right or not, a large amount of kids consider teen stars their role models. Many of these Disney stars have been really negative examples. While it is not right to judge others, people in the public eye, especially on children’s shows, are held to a higher standard because so many kids are impacted by their actions. Do you think Disney stars realize how much of an impact they make? Should they be considered role models? Share in a comment below.


Posted on December 5, 2013, in Lifestyle, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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