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Put a ring on it (celebrity weddings)

by Javaria Atiya Waheed

It seems like 2010 is the “Year of Weddings???. Where stalker fans are not even done mourning the wedding of alluring Megan Fox, names are continuously being added to the list. Names which admirers had wished would never have the title “married” attached to them! For the happiness of some fans and the sadness of others, here are some celebrities who have “put a ring on it” since the beginning of 2010.

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green marriage wedding1. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

Megan Fox has never lost the spotlight: whether it is for her sensational role in Transformers or her infant yet rising career, 24- year-old Fox is one of the most popular celebrities of her time. And not surprisingly, the list of her male fans is never-ending. So when photos of her wedding with Brain Austin Green became official…well, people were surprised.
Despite their rocky past, and the evolution from being a fiancé, to an ex-fiancé, to a fiancé again, Green has given Fox the typical fairytale wedding…a nuptial that every girl dreams of—a Hawaiian wedding at sunset. Yes, let the “awww(s)” flow in. Green 36, and Fox 24, tied the knot on 24 June, with the only guests being very close friends, and Green’s 8-year-old son. According to a very close source, the wedding was very “hush, hush” and only close friends were present and “sworn to secrecy”.

Well, Fox doesn’t stop here. Recent news reported that she is already considering the option of having a baby. The wedding was enough of a shock you know, she doesn’t have to do that now. Anyway, we wish the couple a very blissful married life….despite its unpopularity in Hollywood…

John Krasinksi Emily wedding marriage2. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Just like Megan fox, Emily Blunt, 27, has always been popular with the fans, either for her looks, her British accent or for her role in “The Devil wears Prada”. And the partner, John Krasinski, 30, the witty “Jim” from “The Office” has never lost the spotlight too. So when the two announced that they were engaged to be married, there was surprise, along with some delight.

And it seems like fairytale weddings are becoming the norm. Not as hush-hush as the Megan Fox wedding, the couple got married in the City of Love, Italy at Villa D’este on July 10th. Blunt wore a custom cream chiffon sweetheart draped Marchesa gown with embroidered detail. It was an outdoor ceremony with A-list guests like George Clooney and his girlfriend included on the list.

Good looks, amazing sense of humor and pleasant temperaments: these two have it all. The perfect couple as they are, wishes of harmony are with them for all times!

3. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher:

Remember the sweet, naïve American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood? Well, that was back in the days. She’s 27 now and has already tied the knot with hockey player, Mike Fisher, after one year of engagement. And guess when she did it? July 10, 2010, within hours of the Blunt-Krasinski wedding! Surrounded by pink, Underwood had a typical fairytale wedding at the Ritz Carlton, Greensboro, Georgia. Wearing a Monique Lhuiller gown, she changed quickly into a cocktail dress following the ceremony, saying she wanted to get her “boogie” on.

The guests numbered more than 250, including Idol judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. Guest found their table assignments on hockey pucks and a four-course meal. “I felt like a princess”, she said. Well, we sincerely hope Fisher keeps you like one!!

4. Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Cortese:

Jared Padelecki is well-known for his role as “Sam Winchester” in the hit CW TV show, Supernatural, and remember the season where he almost fell in love with this irresistible evil demon, Ruby? Well, turns out that behind the scenes, Genevieve Cortese was way more irresistible for Padelecki.

Two months after confirming their engagement, the beautiful couple tied the knot on February 27 2010, in Cortese’s hometown Sun Valley, Idaho. Where Jared’s brother Jeffrey served as the best man, his co-star Jensen Ackles was one of the groomsmen! Family and friends attended the wedding and the couple was seen to be enjoying every bit of it.

Well, lovers of Sam, you need to back out now: the demons have won the war.

5. Jensen Ackles and Danneel Harris

And turns out that there was to be a second “Supernatural” wedding in three months! On May 15 2010, a little after the Padelecki-Cortese wedding, Jensen Ackles, the older brother “Dean Winchester”, tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Danneel Harris of One-Tree Hill fame. The two got married in a small, private ceremony, in Dallas, Texas. According to People???s magazine, “The bride walked down the aisle wearing a classic strapless white Monique Lhuiller gown from the Fall 2010 collection, while the groom was decked out in a traditional tuxedo”.

Dean Winchester’s character has been immensely popular ever since its inception and especially with the “Eye of The Tiger??? cameo appearances that he does, there is no question on to why that’s so.
Seems like the Winchester brothers are done hunting, eh?

Weddings are in the vogue, isn’t it? And there is Hilary Duff and Jennifer Hudson in line, and God knows, by the end of 2010 how many would have lost their “single-ness”.

Well, gossip is always interesting and so are these weddings. When cases like those of Mel Gibson and his domestic violence come to light, we are left to ask: How long are these young couples going to last? Time will show, I guess. Until then, ciao.

Teenage popularity: a menace in disguise?

Red Carpetby Javaria Atiya Waheed

Justin Bieber is the new 16-year-old sensation, who has taken the world by surprise. Not just amongst pre-teens, Bieber’s songs are gaining equal popularity amongst the adults too and his album sales, even at this very early stage has broken records of artists like New Kids on the Block and N’sync. Sounds amazing doesn’t it?

Such a young child, and already at the zeniths of the world, entirely on the basis of his talent. But is it as amazing as it looks? Popularity at such a young age?

Ask yourself, does Justin live his life as a normal sixteen-year-old child in the world does? Does he go to high school, think about college, and fall into troubles? No, children like Bieber do not have a customary life at all. Every corner of the world has young artists like Bieber characterizing it: whether Dakota Fanning, or Abigail Breslin, Syed Fazal Hussain or Miley Cyrus, all these children may be very popular but this popularity does have its consequences. A rosy picture is very easily painted on the outside, but on the inside, the picture is not so rosy after all. Narcissism, anorexia, anxiety disorders, early pregnancy, drug abuse, and smoking—-these are just examples of what these children fall into. “Childhood” disappears from the lives of these “celebrity” kids and their recognition gets consequences attached to it. Dire consequences.

An average 16-year-old child would be enrolled in full-time education at any high school and be concentrating on that alone: for Bieber, he receives his education on the road. Moreover, Bieber isn’t an exception.
Emma Roberts, the 19-year-old niece of Julia Roberts, is reported to have said in a 2007 interview regarding her education that: “Oh yes, I have a tutor and we have three hours of school every day. That way I am caught up on my work and then when I am not doing school work I am shooting something or other.” Roberts had shown interest in attending two colleges in New York: Sarah Lawrence College and New York University. Well. That was back in 2007, and now 3 years later, Roberts is not attending any of the colleges stated above.

Bieber and Roberts are still in their teens, but Abigail Breslin, the 13-year-old star from Little Miss Sunshine, also receives her education on the road. And the list does not end here. Jamie Lynn Spears, the 19-year-old sister of Britney Spears completed her high school education via online correspondence since she was so busy with her shoots. Miley Cyrus is still tutored by a private tutor on sets, and the Olsen Twins, completed most of their education through home schooling and when they did attend the New York university in 2004, both of them left a couple of months later, to carry on with full-time “individualized” work. In this race for popularity, these “celebrities” totally neglect their educational requirements, the closest they come to going to a school or college is always on some shoot. Like normal children, these children never have regular high-school “buddies” and they never have to go through the nervousness of SAT scores or finals like we do. On the outside, it seems that this is wonderful but practically, the psychological requirements of these children are not being fulfilled. They are socially deprived and since their social circle is the media, it is no surprise that they are the first ones to end up in clutches of drug abuse etc. It is no surprise that they are the first ones to end up in rehabilitation centres too.

The immediate social circle, which these children have, is the media. For decades, the detrimental effect, media has on children, through television has been vastly debated. What effect, then, does this very media have on the children, who are working within it?

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are twins who have been working ever since they were six months old. Now 24, these girls, have made it to the Forbes list of influential people, but with strings attached.
In 2004, Mary-Kate Olsen, at the age of 18, checked into rehab at Utah for suffering from eating disorder and potential drug abuse. This is just one example. When 17-year-olds like Taylor Momsen, work in PG-15 shows like Gossip Girl, being a regular drinker and a habitual addict of drugs, would be far from surprising. Recently in an interview, Ed Westwick, who plays her co-star “Chuck Bass” on the show said: “I was looking at some pictures from the show, and the girl from the first season and the girl now, are two different people”. Momsen is one case. By the time she was 16; Jamie Lynn Spears had already moved out of her house and living with her boyfriend, following an unexpected pregnancy. At the age of 19 now, Spears is already a single mother.
What is more is that, Miley Cyrus, the 18-year-old “good girl” of Disney, has already been involved in a photo scandal with “Vanity Fair” and recently has outraged parents for “wearing less than what some people might wear for a day at the beach”. And if we research a little more, the list might even turn out to be infinite. Celebrity children may be admired a lot, but being exposed to media at such a young age, not only takes their life away but also exposes them to things like drugs, alcohol and sex at an earlier age than normal kids. Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy and Miley Cyrus’s risqué outfits can only be described in terms of a very precocious approach to life, an approach which comes as a perk of being a part of this media. Agreed, that in the 21st century, every teenager falls into the pit of these bad habits at some stage in life, but being a part of a normal high-school and a regular household means that they do have guidance to show them the right path, in the form of friends and parents. That is exactly what these celebrities are deprived of. The possibility of them having “guiding” friends is minimal and as for their parents, these children might just be money making machines, so why prevent them in any way?

According to the parents of these celebrities, such as Billy Ray Cyrus, their kids are a part of this media, because this is what “they were born to do”. Okay, yes they do have a natural, inborn talent for some things which may be directly related to the media, but does that mean, push them into it, from the tender age of 8? Wouldn’t it be rather feasible that they live life as normally as possible and when they are old enough, they exploit their talents to the fullest? That won’t be injurious at all. Neglecting their studies, their “normal” life and pushing them into this whirlpool of media: now that certainly is harmful.
Syed Fazal Hussain, the child who worked in Mehreen Jabbar’s movie “Ramchand Pakistani” was just 8 when he used to go for these shoots. His father argues that he was always with him, spending day and night on these sets. But being on a set all the way on Thar Desert, must have led to some lack of normalcy, one way or the other. Now Hussain can be regularly seen on television, working as part of some soap or the other. The 9-year-old child is now a consistent actor, and instead of regular schooling, he is regularly acting. All he is taking home to his parents is money. From where I stand, all these parents see in this celebrity image of their children is the money and the popularity. What else can there to be it? They obviously fail to see, that their child is being kept away form a healthy life, that their child is falling into a trap which may not harm him right away but will surely, dent him at some point in life.
Recently, I got the chance to closely interact with some of Pakistan’s most famous VJ’s. And upon asking when they joined the television network, the answer I got was as soon as they completed their O-levels: that is at the age of 16. Now these same VJ’s are regular chain smokers and regular drug users. And the females in this category are no exception. Yes, shocked as I was, this was the bitter truth. Now, these people are not “part-time” workers but they are “part-time students”. The only future they have is this media, surrounded by this blinding smoke and only if the parents would have ignored the material gains for a minute and looked at the overall losses, they might have stopped this up.

While, on one side there are parents who exploit the talents of their children and ignore the consequences, on the other side, there are “celebrity” parents, who become the backbone of their child’s career and are exploited by their children instead. In their work, they not only tend to ignore the needs of their children, instead, the only means by which they actually look after them, is that they make them a part of that very media. Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, is one example of such a child: Jaden appeared in The Pursuit of Happyness alongside his father in 2006 at the age of 8 and has been a part of media ever since. Now, he is a rap musician too and is singing songs alongside Justin Bieber. He is home schooled and his only moral fiber is his father. Such children, with time, not only have to face the menace of media but soon they also become entirely reliant on their parents. Their key to success remains to be their parents and not their own talents. These people fail to have an identity of their own: an identity which other children easily develop.

Not just this, a recent newspaper report, described Justin Bieber, as a narcissist, as quoted by his fellow singer for “Eenie Meenie”, Sean Kingston. Kingston revealed that while working on the song with Bieber, he discovered that Bieber liked to search himself on You Tube and Google and read the comments people had about him, on set. Well, that is one other corollary of getting into media so young. Being in their teenage years, the tendency to grow more arrogant, haughty and narcissistic is much greater, than if they are adults. Only Justin Beiber’s case came into light with the media, but that doesn’t mean he is the only narcissistic fellow present there. Almost all of these young stars can be easily characterized under this category: and who can blame them either? This is the age when their socialization process should still be going on within a school, at its secondary stage, where they can be held on an equal footing with other children. But then again, they are deprived of this and for this reason; they develop self-pride which is greater than the rest, self-pride which can have dire consequences later on.

Where people like Emma Watson do form an exception to the general rule the majority fails to do so. The bulk of these children don’t believe in pursuing a higher quality education like Watson-in fact, they drop out like the Olsen twins, in the first few months only. They give status and reputation an upper hand to education and therefore, inevitably get involved in the world of drugs, booze and sex. Yes, parents should never jab the talents their children possess but before getting them involved in this world of media, they should weigh the material gains against the moral losses too. It doesn’t take time at all for this popularity to turn to ashes, and keeping this in mind, the future possessions should be regarded. Develop your child’s talents to the fullest, but do not exploit them for all the off beam reasons. Media is certainly not as risk-free as it looks and keeping these teens away from this kind of life, at a young age should be the priority. Maybe, getting involved in media after their teenage years, will also give these people a valuable insight into what life really is all about: about how the world is not what it looks like and how your judgment is the most imperative for your well-being at the end of the day. But until, they reach this stage, they need guidance. Guidance which is mandatory, so as to tell them of ways to keep this disguised menace away.


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