Comments about ‘Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and the downfalls of growing up Disney’

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Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 2:17 p.m. MDT

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Mukkake
Salt Lake City, UT

[In fact, I hope Gomez learns a hard lesson — and that she ends up becoming a better person, as Lovato has.]

Wow, what a disgusting and reprehensible thing to say!

You want to see her miserable so that it can reinforce your own values and lifestyle? Is her success and beauty really so aggravating to you?

Despite what you may want to believe, many young actors/actresses have made similar decisions to Selena Gomez and gone on to live normal private lives as well. Just because the tabloids you read are filled with Lindsey Lohan's and Briney Spears' problems, doesn't mean they represent the "typical" Hollywood trajectory.

As I mentioned on another article on this website about Selena Gomez's decision, actresses like Sally Field and Jodi Foster moved from their "wholesome" child/teen roles into much more "racy/risque" content, which helped them develop their talents and win acclaim. Both of these women also live fairly benign personal lives.

It's a sad mentality that wishes for another's failure.

notjudgement1969
los angeles, CA

I agree with Mukkake. I would like to know if you have actually SEEN the movie or know anything about it beyond the press that is out there about this project?

I viewed this film at a festival and it has a deeper meaning then just drugs and partying. It shows how our society is soul less and does not glorify any of these girls actions. It almost makes them look immature and lost. Selenas character is a Christian who gets lost. She questions her faith but, eventually returns after she realizes this isn't what she singed up for. I don't think the director made this for "kids" as much as he made it for teens, adults to be aware of how screwed up the world is, how parents need to be more aware of their kids actions. My advice, see it before you judge someone on a PERSONAL level. ITS A MOVIE. She does not have these exp as herself. That should be enough.

Is it not enough that she actually WARNS kids not to see it, is she not entitled to have the exp. she wants to make sure you are happy?

drbarbiedpm
GRAHAM, WA

It sounds like Selena is second-guessing her decision to be involved in another scumbag Hollywood movie. The Hollywood lifestyle and having morals seem to be like oil and water. Best of luck to Selena.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

notjudgement1969 - I get what you are saying... but life is about branding yourself, and when you start confusing that brand, you risk loosing what makes people interested in you.

It isn't like Linsey Lohan did anything that most Americans college kids haven't done... partied a little too hard when they were young and stupid. That isn't the problem (it is a problem, but not the one Linsey needs to deal with). The problem is she shattered her brand trying to create a new brand in a very crowded market filled with people who are willing to do just about anything for their few minutes of fame. She became ordinary.

I like Selena, and the brand she had going on. I am concerned that Selena has now seriously devalued herself. There are lots of people who could have done her role.... regardless of the end positive message it sends. Just like those who came before her, doing normal stuff kills your uniqueness.

Being normal or ordinary doesn't sell, because honestly, there are lots of cute girls or handsome guys out there - that's not something that's in short supply.

Having a clean cut brand is.

RRB
SLC, UT

" film was made for “kids” who used to watch Gomez on Disney"

If it was, it would be toned down from an "R".

What Ever
Salt Lake City,, UT

This article is very harsh. Nobody can expect the Disney kids to stay Disney kids forever. Even though she risked losing her squeaky clean Disney image, she took on a role in a movie that is adult themed. Not a crime, and certainly no reason for anybody to be writing judgmental articles hoping she fails and becomes a better person for it. Maybe it's time to step down from your pedestal. Not every young Hollywood star will make decisions you approve of.

notjudgement1969
los angeles, CA

UtahBlueDevil-Hi! I get the branding but, that is my point her "brand" is fine? She isn't Lindsay Lohan in real life. She is in a "role" and like i said her "role" in the movie is a good Christina girl so, if no one has seen it, they can't judge that. I don't think an actor should be judged on a role they portray irregardless. I think it is how they carry themselves as humans. She is part of tons of charities, doesn't have public melt downs and even at the premieres and press for this movie she was dressed elegantly. She didn't show up hammered in a bikini?

1. My thoughts are, it's a role, not her.
2. Wait until you see the movie...she is the goodness, she isn't the "evil"

As for the better herself comment..please research Selena as a person before you think someone is an awful person. Just look up her charity work alone. Because someone doesn't "redeem" themselves might mean they never had to.

Curtis Hight
Anchorage, AK

I read this article yesterday and then while browsing books later in the evening I came to Max Lucado's delightful You Are Special. I could post the text of the entire book but without Sergio Martinez's gorgeous artwork it wouldn't fully communicate my feelings. So, read the book: I think you'll join me in empathy and introspection; it's a hard thing to have someone jangle stars in front of you and tell you that they're a bargain, and not desire them!

The plot of the movie, as described in the article and comments, reminds us that the world has its "bargains" and burdens, but His "burden is light": "If ye love me, keep my commandments." And thereby illuminated is the complement, synergy, and eternal marriage of love & faith.

Curtis Hight
Anchorage, AK

I read this article yesterday and then while browsing books later in the evening I came to Max Lucado's delightful You Are Special. I could post the text of the entire book but without Sergio Martinez's moving illustrations it wouldn't fully communicate my feelings. Read the book: I think you'll join me in empathy and introspection; it's a hard thing to have someone jangle stars in front of you and tell you that they're a bargain, and not desire them!

The plot of the movie, as described in the article and comments, reminds us that the world has its "bargains" and burdens, but His "burden is light": "If ye love me, keep my commandments." And thereby illuminated is the complement, synergy, and eternal intimacy of love & faith.

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