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Annette Funicello & Today’s Celebrities
Lori Almost Live

Annette Funicello & Today’s Celebrities

Who are your kids’ role models?


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Published: April 20, 2013

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Visitor Comments: 18

(14) David Naas, April 26, 2013 4:59 PM

Walt Disney, Whirlgig

Notice how many of the modern Disney Channel child actors end up on the trash heap -- Lindsey Lohan and Miley Cyrus are but two of the mot recent. Yet, Disney is constantly touted as "wholesome" enertainment. I suppose it depends on your perspective...

(13) Bracha Gryner, April 25, 2013 7:21 PM

Do we already know this?

On the one hand, it's a forceful and heartfelt message. On the other hand, the bottom line seems to be that Orthodox Jewish parents have to rely on themselves and their Orthodox network in order to raise their kids in a wholesome (i.e., Orthodox) way.
Britney Spears and Dennis Rodman won't really be of much help.
I don't see the chidush in this...but I suppose it's good to have reminders from time to time.

(12) Shoshana - Jerusalem, April 24, 2013 8:20 PM

so sorry to hear this

May you be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may you never again have any sorrow.

(11) Anonymous, April 23, 2013 9:07 PM

Not Sure If I Agree

Lori is very well spoken and presents a good case. I fundamentally disagree that Annette Funicello and Brittaney Spears are any different from each other. When Annette left the Mickey Mouse club and did her tawdry bikini B-movies she was breaking free of the good girl mold that Disney had designed for her. Thirty years from now Brittany will be a grandma etc and people will reflect on how much better she was than the girls in the future etc. Things never change. People have mixed desires and everyone makes mistakes and learns from them. Celebs are human and sometimes do dumb things just like regular people. If you've ever watched the documentaries about Brittaney she prays before all her shows and shoots. She believes in G-d and tries her best to be kind to others. She may not be the best example of a celeb gone bad...

(10) Larry Birdkowitz, April 23, 2013 7:13 PM

How will you pin the bell on the cat?

Correct -- your children should not idolize tawdry people, even if they sing, act or play professional sports. They should not be exposed to every peccadillo of those people, and our culture should not imply that there is something cool, sexy and desirable about those peccadilloes.
Also, your children should read books (on Torah, preferably) instead of playing video games. Further, they should have a poster of Golda Meir on their wall instead of a floozy and boozy actress; a poster of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach instead of some athlete who, say, fathered 6 kids with 4 different women (none of them his wife).
Also, in my opinion, we should applaud Charles Barkley for pointing out that his job is to play basketball and not to be a personal role model for someone else's children.
Now, except for that last point, how are we going to achieve the other desiderata?? Also, RIP Annette; my first childhood crush (other than Golda Meir, of course).

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