Today’s Pop Culture Vs. Family Values

Justin Bieber Miley Cyrus Twerk

Miley and Justin may be marketing geniuses but what does that say on the family values front. teenage performers that appealed to a wide audience of tweens and their parents. Parents saw them as great role models for their kids since they both looked squeaky clean and appeared to espouse the family values so many parents want their kids to follow.

With some luck and help from entertainment industry powers, Miley and Justin quickly grew into teen stars that made a lot of money. Miley Cyrus is estimated to have a net worth between $120 – $150 million whereas Justin Bieber’s net worth is pegged at around $130 million.

Justin is sporting more and more tattoos and is often caught exhibiting “bad behavior” in public – especially when the cameras are turned on. One day he is caught urinating in a restaurant kitchen, and the next he and his bodyguards are shown smashing equipment and fighting with people in a nightclub.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus (sporting her own tattoos) has caused quite a stir with her twerking performance at the VMA Awards and her naked ride on a wrecking ball in her Wrecking Ball video, which has over 548 million page views on YouTube. While some parents from her Hannah Montana days are outraged, she has gotten a lot of attention, is selling lots of records, and laughing all the way to the bank. Like it or not, her audience is older and they seem to want what she is giving them.

Where do we draw the line as parents though. Today’s society has shown that money makes the world go round and as long as you are making a ton of it, values can be put by the waist side. With two kids of my own I have a problem with these young celebrities. I am not saying there were not pop artists that were totoally innocent when I was growing up but I feel that every next culture feels the need to outdo the one before them. What do you think? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Brian Husted says:

    There’s not much we can do to change pop culture, it may be a bit more extreme now, but it’s always been this way. Kids love to rebel and that means liking whatever their parents hate. Justin & Miley are just trying to makeover their squeeky clean kiddie images to market themselves as something edgier.Christina Aguilera did the same a few years ago. It sells albums to be the thing your parents don’t approve of.

    The key is to raise you kids right, instill them with values and beliefs so that they will recognize this kind of idiocy for what it is.


    1. Well said Brian. Thanks for providing your opinion.


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