Actress Linda Lavin (Alice) is 76. Actress-director Penny Marshall is 70. Musician Richard Carpenter of The Carpenters is 67. Singer Tito Jackson is 60. Actor Larry Miller (The Nutty Professor) is 60. Actor Jere Burns (Good Morning, Miami, Dear John) is 59. TV chef Emeril Lagasse is 54. Drummer Mark Reznicek (The Toadies) is 51. Singer Eric Benet is 47. Trading Spaces host Paige Davis is 44. Actor Dominic West is 44. Singer Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town is 44. Singer Ginuwine is 43.
Someone who understands this all too well is Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley’s dad. Five years ago, he believed his family’s Christian faith would protect them from the temptations of celebrity. Well, it didn’t turn out that way. And so in 2011, he told GQ magazine that he deeply regrets the decision to let his daughter became a child celebrity. He says that the decision “destroyed [his] family,” and if he could, he’d “take it back in a second.” Well sadly, he can’t. But his honesty can serve as a warning to other Christian parents whose children dream of being celebrities. You may think you’re the exception and that somehow being a celebrity will “glorify” God. Don’t fool yourself. It could hardly be otherwise. What Jesus said about the dangers of wealth is just as true about celebrity in our postmodern age, and for most of the same reasons: It distorts our sense of self, both in relationship to others and to God. And that’s before we take into account the hyper-sexualized nature of most of pop culture. So the best advice I can give Christian parents is, to paraphrase Willie Nelson, “mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be pop stars.” Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t encourage their interest in creative endeavors such as music, theater, and the visual arts.
The Celebrity Trap: Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Pop Stars
14. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Kate Winslet attended the Mayfair Gala European premiere of “Labor Day” during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on Oct. 14. The pregnant star wore a Jennie Packham dress and De Beers jewelry. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Britney Spears was all smiles as she visited Capital FM Radio in London, England on Oct. 14. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Diet Pepsi spokesperson Sofia Vergara flaunted her fandom at a football viewing party held at a friend’s house in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 13. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson departed on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 13. Celebrity Photos: October 2013 Snooki and Cheryl Burke went out and about in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct.
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