Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Little Girl Lost: Montana Fishburne Edition

So by now everyone has heard about Montana Fishburne, Lawrence Fishburne's 18 year old daughter and her foray into the world of adult entertainment.  She has cited Kim Kardashian as her role model which means that she purposefully would like me to weep ugly tears before my head explodes.

No, but seriously, how does a seemingly nice girl end up wanting to be an adult film star?

Personally I think this is one of those moments where we have to look at the things in our popular culture that are influencing young girls.  Some of the celebrities I can think of that girls are looking up to include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ciara, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and perhaps even some teenage girls are looking up to the worst rapper since Soulja Boy and Wacka Flacka Nicki Minaj of late.  Even little Miley Cyrus is nearly naked in performances, giving lap dances and dancing on a pole in videos.  And let's not forget any of the male hip hop artists out there who's videos are filled with strippers dancing on poles.  If you are a little 13 year old girl in America today, are these the types of role models you should be looking up to in order to become a successful adult woman who is comfortable with both her looks and her sexuality in a healthy way?  Me thinks not.  I also was quick to observe that I don't think this sex tape to rich celebrity plan of Montana's , a la Kim Kardashian was going to work because Montana happens to be black.  It might be too early to tell if I'm right about that so let me move on...

My gut is telling me that Montana suffers from low self-esteem and is clearly seeking approval from the outside instead of from within.  This may seem like an obvious assessment but I assure you that plenty of people out there from young people all the way up to middle aged adults have the exact same problem.  Seeking approval from the outside world is something that we all struggle with and that impressionable young people are especially vulnerable to if they are not instructed early on how to combat this desire.  Montana doesn't seem like a stupid woman, she does however seem misguided and almost devoid of any stable influence that will just say, STOP MONTANA STOP.  I think if she had that person by her side to tell her that she was beautiful and she didn't have to be naked and performing sex acts on video tape, she may not so freely at 18 years old basically throw away any chance at a "normal" future.  This entire situation makes me really sad for young women and I hope that those of you reading this that know someone in this age group can please invest in them emotionally to make sure we don't end up with any more Montana's because although we may know about her because of who her father is, there are so many more of them out there who are tragically on the wrong path.

Check out Montana's E! Online Interview from Yesterday:

Please refer to the Montana's tweet 3rd up from the bottom (looks like I was onto something):

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