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My Ex-Teen Icon MAG

July 21, 2009
By Mmbusch BRONZE, Fox River Grove, Illinois
Mmbusch BRONZE, Fox River Grove, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not pity the dead. Pity the living. And above all pity those who live without love."


The other day I was walking down the aisle of my neighborhood Super Walmart, desperately scanning the shelves for Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds. To my dismay and shock, there were none. I turned to leave when suddenly I came face to face with my mortal enemy: Hannah Montana. There she was, staring into space as though a crisp hundred dollar bill was dangling from a fishing pole before her.

“Hannah Montana cereal,” I muttered, cursing Disney. But I suppose I should have known better. Did I honestly expect Disney not to cash in on every opportunity to plaster Miley Cyrus's face onto products? It was as if Disney had been shipping off Hannah Montana stickers to every manufacturer with the note, “Use these at your discretion; they'll make anything sell.” Because why wouldn't I want to buy a product if a chick in a wig is telling me to?

I was a sixth grader when the Hannah Montana phenomenon landed on our planet. My friends and I became obsessed with the show, to the point that we made our own music videos and memorized the title of every episode. When I was in seventh grade, this success grabbed the attention of those out of range of Disney Channel's hypnotron, and Miley Cyrus slowly but surely approached the teen audience, eager and cautious.

It was fine, it was all fine. No one expected her to stay young forever, she had a career to worry about and pressure to be cool among her own peers. But as the reports of tasteless photos appeared, I stopped staring with a blind eye. Who was this girl I looked up to? I was the same age this “role model” was when she started running off the track, and I had never done anything remotely like that.

So now, whenever I walk into a store, I feel betrayed by my ex-teen icon. Her very image screams “Look at me! I may act trashy and dim, but as long as I'm not caught pulling a Winona Ryder, Disney will continue paying me a gazillion bucks!” I wish I could say to her, “Be a role model or stop putting on that wig to reap all the benefits.”

I'm not as cynical as I seem though. I hope Miley takes the right path. I hope she doesn't become the next Britney. Or Lindsay. Or Jamie Lynn. But everyone grows up, and odds are that if they come from Disney, they end up in Vegas. And I don't appreciate Miley trying to persuade me to buy her bicycle.


The author's comments:
Hey, my name is Margaret. I'm 15 and considering becoming a journalist. When I mentioned this to my dad, he encouraged me to practice writing, as I have obviously done so. My work is nothing great, but I hope you like it. I know it has too much teenage attitude to be published as news, but your site sounds very open to all types of writing, so I hope you'll appreciate my work for its own personality. However, if not, I completely understand. I'll just keep practicing.
The work I have pasted here is simply my own thoughts after having come across a cereal box endorsed by Hannah Montana.
Enjoy!

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on Aug. 6 2010 at 4:59 pm
I totaaly agree with you. i WOULD LIKE IT A LOT MORE IF I DIDN'T SEE HANNAH MONTANA EVERYWHERE!  i used to love miley cyrus but now shes my ex tten icon.

on Aug. 3 2010 at 2:04 pm
SamIsSmiling GOLD, Rimbey, Alabama
10 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." Albert Einstein

Yay! :P haha

Mmbusch BRONZE said...
on Aug. 3 2010 at 9:19 am
Mmbusch BRONZE, Fox River Grove, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not pity the dead. Pity the living. And above all pity those who live without love."

Comments like this make me stop and smile :)

on Jul. 30 2010 at 4:42 pm
Hannahgee6 BRONZE, Greensburg, Kentucky
1 article 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
therefore do not worry about tomorrow. for tomorrow will worry about itself. each day has enough trouble of its own.
-jesus

haha. i love this piece. and i hate hannah montana. she ruiined my name...(hannah) :) haha. and i hope you go far in your journalism. you seem to be very good at writing. keep it up!!! :) checkout my work?? i need feedback...:)

on Jul. 30 2010 at 3:34 pm
SamIsSmiling GOLD, Rimbey, Alabama
10 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." Albert Einstein

"To my dismay and shock there were none"  I had to stop reading and laugh for a little bit, :P

nomorox said...
on Jul. 30 2010 at 12:51 pm
nomorox, West Kensington, Other
0 articles 36 photos 45 comments

Favorite Quote:
What doesn't break you makes you stronger.

hey, this title just inspired me to do a fiction piece! be sure to check it out in a few weeks, and thanks!! and good writer, you have a good way with words ;)

on Jul. 30 2010 at 12:13 pm
Alice_in_Wonderland GOLD, San Clemente, California
16 articles 0 photos 620 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I could give up, I could stay stuck, or I could move on, So I put one foot front of the other, No no no nothing’s gonna break my stride, “ –David Archuleta (The Other Side of Down)

Great job. Totally true and I hope you go far with your journalism. Oh and a suggestion also would be to try to get involved in your school newspaper too. That will give you lots of experience and recognition from your peers. i'm not sure if middle schools have them but I know that high schools do. Also,hey I'm 15 too.

on Jul. 30 2010 at 3:01 am
MiddleOfAnEgg, Madison, Wisconsin
0 articles 32 photos 68 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Every wall is a door." -R. W. Emerson

This is amazing. I have to agree so much. Good luck on your journey to becoming a journalist, if you decide to become one, because you are DEFINITELY on the right track. :)

ELM522 DIAMOND said...
on Jul. 18 2010 at 5:54 pm
ELM522 DIAMOND, Selden, New York
79 articles 0 photos 139 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All those other girls, well they're beautiful, but would they write a song for you?"-"Hey Stephen" by Taylor Swift

Good, actually phenomenal! Can you read my pieces? Thanks! I have 3, so far, but I submitted more, and you don't HAVE to read all 3, or any. Thanks, again!

on Jul. 16 2010 at 7:50 am
JustAnotherOwl SILVER, Unknown, New York
6 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
"See, we don't really care who you are;
Everyone is capable of looking up and wishing on a star.
So catch it, so contagious, this day-dreamer's disease,
And hope can be your sword, slaying darkness with belief."

"Sanctuary"- Paradise Fears

Oh! :) Haha. That's cool, 'cause I love him! That's what caught my eye about this article!

Mmbusch BRONZE said...
on Jul. 15 2010 at 3:51 pm
Mmbusch BRONZE, Fox River Grove, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not pity the dead. Pity the living. And above all pity those who live without love."

Yea, I wrote this article more than a year ago, and I actually feel like it's a little dated. When I first started writing, I was predicting a change. Now the change seems to be happening. (Or have already happened?) 

Mmbusch BRONZE said...
on Jul. 15 2010 at 3:49 pm
Mmbusch BRONZE, Fox River Grove, Illinois
1 article 0 photos 31 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Do not pity the dead. Pity the living. And above all pity those who live without love."

Yea, it's him. I didn't choose the picture though. Another reader actually told me who it is. 

on Jul. 8 2010 at 6:35 pm
JustAnotherOwl SILVER, Unknown, New York
6 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
"See, we don't really care who you are;
Everyone is capable of looking up and wishing on a star.
So catch it, so contagious, this day-dreamer's disease,
And hope can be your sword, slaying darkness with belief."

"Sanctuary"- Paradise Fears

:) Haha. Yep. Adam is amazing...sorry Margaret B. for spamming your article...I love him and I can't not say it :)

on Jul. 8 2010 at 6:27 pm
JustAnotherOwl SILVER, Unknown, New York
6 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
"See, we don't really care who you are;
Everyone is capable of looking up and wishing on a star.
So catch it, so contagious, this day-dreamer's disease,
And hope can be your sword, slaying darkness with belief."

"Sanctuary"- Paradise Fears

I absolutely love Adam Young! :) He is a good role model :)

on Jul. 8 2010 at 6:13 pm
writerinfinity PLATINUM, Arlington, Texas
35 articles 0 photos 105 comments
intresting, i agree with you on some things, like the fact she has to grow up and she can't be little forever, but i personally dont think that she wants to stay with Disney to get paid, she's breaking apart from them, she doesn't want to be part of it, because she doesn't want to be a little girl disney star

on Jul. 8 2010 at 6:01 pm
elle_la_vie BRONZE, Cresskill, New Jersey
1 article 11 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
the man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. :)

i hate miley cyrus, this is so true

on Jul. 8 2010 at 9:49 am
JustAnotherOwl SILVER, Unknown, New York
6 articles 0 photos 378 comments

Favorite Quote:
"See, we don't really care who you are;
Everyone is capable of looking up and wishing on a star.
So catch it, so contagious, this day-dreamer's disease,
And hope can be your sword, slaying darkness with belief."

"Sanctuary"- Paradise Fears

I really like this article! I completely agree. I used to look up to her but she has made a lot of stupid decisions. It seems like she's trying to be the exact opposite of a role model. Anway....

Who is the guy in you picture? It looks a little like Adam Young (Owl City) and I absolutely love him :)


We-R-3 BRONZE said...
on Jun. 16 2010 at 10:31 pm
We-R-3 BRONZE, Orlando, Florida
1 article 0 photos 344 comments

Favorite Quote:
A picture is worth a thousand words, however it takes a real artist to turn words into pictures.

Have you heard about the new Lebron Iphone, you have to set it on vibrate because it doesn't have any rings

I just saw this nice Kenzie Q.

I completely agree. You can't be a role model for a hopeful third grader and then go grind a 45 year old man. There's absolutely no excuse or reason for it.


We-R-3 BRONZE said...
on Jun. 16 2010 at 10:29 pm
We-R-3 BRONZE, Orlando, Florida
1 article 0 photos 344 comments

Favorite Quote:
A picture is worth a thousand words, however it takes a real artist to turn words into pictures.

Have you heard about the new Lebron Iphone, you have to set it on vibrate because it doesn't have any rings

Everybody makes mistakes everybody has those days, blah blah blah, nobodies perfect. Why is it that these mistakes have to be so big, I mean I make mistakes but I am not doing anything that would be "scandelous" even if I were famous (not yet). I mean it shouldn't just be about the sixth graders that saw her through her entire career, but think about the little five six year olds all wanting to be like hannah, I remember watching an episode were this little girl knew everything about her, well there are little kids like that and they shouldn't have to grow up with a role model involved in stupid scandles.

on Jun. 16 2010 at 6:10 pm
GzusFreak10 GOLD, Staten Island, New York
17 articles 0 photos 102 comments
OMGOSH! I loved it! Especially the last line: "And i don't appreciate Miley trying to persuade me to buy her bicycle." Hannah Montana really is everywhere! KEEP WRITING! This is terrific!