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The Next Justin Bieber: Childstars Manufactured

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Everyone knows who Justin Bieber is, but not everyone knows where he came from. From a young age he was crafted into becoming the teenage heartthrob he is today and this seems to be a reoccurring trend. Remember Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Miley Cyrus? All entered the entertainment business at a very young age, experiencing nothing but fame and paparazzi on a normal day to day basis. Yes, not all child stars have ended up in rehab a million times and have kissed their careers goodbye like the uber talented Lindsey Lohan, but is fame at a young age something that should be encouraged? I stumbled across a video of a young Bieber look alike who remixed the new Ke$ha song, ‘”We R Who We R” and although the boy has talent, I was slightly unsettled by the video. Shouldn’t kids his age be learning about the American Revolution and practicing for the Spelling Bee, not singing on train tracks? I think that younger generations have so much access to media, like the internet, that they may be losing sight of their childhood. Sure, I sang in the mirror with my hairbrush to “Hit Me Baby One More Time” for hours on end, but I didn’t have the ability to post it online for the entire world to see, I didn’t have to deal with criticism and judgments like kids now have to when they post videos online. I think that child stars will always be popular, the younger age groups need someone to identify and grow up alongside with. I am curious to see how media will play a larger role in the birth of these stars and how it will help maintain their careers.

Here is the link to the 7 year old rapper MattyB.

http://www.youtube.com/mattybraps

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Written by beccasnodgrass

December 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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