Disney Stars – Too Much Too Young?

Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato on a night out

Demi Lovato is in rehab and Miley Cyrus is preaching that she “Can’t Be Tamed”, clearly shown in the recent video of her smoking a bong. It’s hard to believe that these girls have only just turned 18 and are seen as role models to young girls. Sure, the girls may be troubled; Lovato has openly spoken about how bullying led her to self-harm before and Cyrus is currently dealing with her parents divorce but is life in the public eye the reasoning for the paths they have taken in their life?

Cyrus has been in the public eye since the age of 12 and has had a career full of controversies. From apparent “racist” photo scandals to provocative photographs being leaked, she has been criticised for many of her decisions throughout her teenage life. Earlier this year, Cyrus released a song “Can’t Be Tamed”, again a very provocative image was shown throughout her promotion of the single and there was yet more uproar with people saying this girl shouldn’t be a role model.

The biggest scandal of Cyrus’ career has to be the recent video that has surfaced online of her smoking a bong of legalised drug Salvia and claiming she’s having a “bad trip” and is hallucinating a vision of her ex-boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth. Whilst a statement has yet to be made from a representative of Miley Cyrus, her father, Billy Ray Cyrus took to his twitter to say:

“Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. Im so sad. There is much beyond my control right now.”

This new Disney star controversy has also taken the spotlight away from Camp Rock star Demi Lovato, who at the beginning of November checked into a treatment centre due to “emotional and physical” issues. A rep has since said:

“Demi Lovato left her tour early this weekend in order to seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time. Demi has decided to take personal responsibility for her actions and seek help.  She is doing just that. She regrets not being able to finish her tour, but is looking forward to getting back to work in the near future.”

Amongst other rumours that Lovato was self-harming again, was doing cocaine and got in a fight with Twilight star Ashley Greene, the new girlfriend of her ex Joe Jonas, it has been revealed that Lovato got into an altercation with a backing dancer from her tour. The dancer, Alex Welch, was planning an on-camera interview, but a request was made from Lovato’s publicist to wait until the legal negotiations had been finished.

Whilst I still find it shocking that these girls are only just 18 and that life in the public eye has pushed them to this, you have to wonder, is it all Disney’s fault for putting them in the public eye?

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Top 5: Christmas Gifts For Her

Following yesterday’s post of the top five Christmas gifts for him, I thought I would follow up with a similar list of entertainment gifts suited for women.

1. Sex And The City 2 – This years top cinema release shows the four glamorous New Yorkers travel to Abu Dhabi. It’s a must have for any previous fan of the series. It is due for release on 29 November.

2. Twilight: Eclipse – Whether she’s on Team Edward or Team Jacob, there’s no mistaking the fact that most women love the Twilight saga. With the release date of 6 December, the latest installment of the film series is available just in time for Christmas.

3. Cheryl Cole: Through My Eyes Book – A must have for any fan of Cheryl Cole. Labelled as the nation’s sweetheart, this official book includes exclusive new photos and behind the scenes moments of her solo career so far with commentaries by Cheryl herself.

4. Playstation Move: Singstar Dance – The new game that features the best of previous Singstar games and Just Dance allows players to sing and dance at the same time and features video playbacks and special effects. Note – Requires Playstation Move.

5. Cuddly Microwavable Dinosaur – A very cute microwavable toy that can be heated in the microwave in two minutes. With hints of lavender in it, it makes the perfect gift in this very cold winter.

All gifts available on play.com

One To Watch: Red Riding Hood

Promotional Poster for 'Red Riding Hood'

With the film not due to be released until March 2011, ‘Red Riding Hood’ is already causing a stir virally since the release of it’s teaser trailer. Gone are the traditional elements of the classic story: the young heroine of the story is now Amanda Seyfried, who is featured in some very steamy moments with co-star Shiloh Fernandez in the trailer alone, and the infamous ‘big bad wolf’ is now a werewolf.

Perhaps the most discussed element of the trailer though, is it’s similarity to 2008’s ‘Twilight’. Coincidently, both films were directed by Catherine Hardwicke. MTV have even gone as far as to compare screen-shots from the 90 second trailer and ‘Twilight’.

Sure some comparisons are obvious, a love triangle, murders and supernatural elements. Also, the idea of ‘star-crossed lovers’, which was definitely not featured in the traditional ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ tale. But how can we really judge just how similar the films are based on a 90 second trailer? That’s why I’ll retain my judgement until the film is released next year.

In the meantime, check out the trailer: