A Positive Influence in the Media for a Change
If you’re a parent of tweens, you may have noticed that there has been a lot of media coverage of young famous people acting like anything but role models this summer. From Miley Cyrus desperately trying to shed any remnants of her Hannah Montana image, to Justin Bieber and his questionable choices for bathroom breaks, to Amanda Bynes’ Twitter meltdown, there have been many examples of paths you hope your tween son or daughter never takes.
So, when one of Hollywood’s highest earning actors wins an award at the Teen Choice Awards, and actually makes a speech with a positive message for tweens and teens that are watching, it is worth taking notice.
This week, Ashton Kutcher was presented with the Ultimate Choice Award. His acceptance speech was full of refreshingly positive messages for kids (along with revealing his real first name.) He talks about hard work and making your own choices in building a life. And he talks about being sexy…. I know, but wait until you hear his definition of sexy.
He says “the sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart.” He also includes being thoughtful and generous in his definition of “sexy.”
Ashton goes on to say that everything else is “just something people try to sell you to make you feel like less, so don’t buy it.” Nice.
If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch the full acceptance speech here:
Now, I’m sure none of us really want our tweens trying to be sexy just yet, but those messages are already everywhere in the media. I personally appreciate this attempt to redefine sexy, even if it won’t really change anything.
I’m not saying Ashton Kutcher is the perfect role model for your kids. Like most public figures, he has not always made the best choices in life. Really, Hollywood is not the place to go looking for role models for your children. Clearly though, Kutcher did consider his possible influence on millions of impressionable minds and tried to do the responsible thing with his choice of words.
For that, I say “thank you Chris.”
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)