Jenette McCurdy is not a role model.
The former Sam And Cat actress took to Reddit this week to denounce her title as a role model. McCurdy, whose show was cancelled after nearly nude photos of the actress popped up on the internet, said that she never set out to be someone who young girls would look up to.
McCurdy writes: “I am not a role model. I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be.”
The message, which was posted to a subreddit dedicated to all things (but mostly pretty pictures of) Jennette McCurdy, goes on to explain that it is impossible to live up to the standards that have been set for her. The actress said that she tried to live up to that “role model” standard when she was younger but she has come to realize that she is an imperfect person and she is tired of trying to hide her flaws.
McCurdy said: “There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn’t so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot. It’s fine, I can admit it. Back in my adolescence, I was more amiable, bubbly, and on lightly humid days, maybe even flouncy. I was role model material and then some…
“With the growing I’ve done, I realize that to attempt to live up to the idea of being a role model is to set myself up for foregone failure. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but even if I hadn’t, people would have found invisible ones. This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity, despite all the hearts and smiley emoticons.”
McCurdy closed her post with a message to the thousands of young girls who still look up to her. She thanked them for their support but then urged them to find a role model in their own life and now one on a television show.
McCurdy writes: “For those of you who do consider me a role model, I hope you don’t read this and cringe. I appreciate you. I appreciate you so much! I appreciate that you believe in me, support me, and in some way, hope to live your life like me. But please, I encourage you to find role models in the people around you, the people in your everyday life, the people that are your friends and family. I encourage you to base your idea of a role model off of someone you know well enough to see purely, not in the light, cameras, and actions of Hollywood.”
You can read Jennette McCurdy’s full message here.
What do you think about McCurdy’s message? Do you think she has a point about celebrities being bad role models?
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