Jennette McCurdy: Role Model Rant A Sign Of Trouble?

By: Lacy Langley - July 29, 2014

Jennette McCurdy has grown up in the public eye since she began her stint on the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly in 2007. Maybe it’s the stress of public life. Maybe it’s the recent scandal surrounding some leaked photos of her in her unmentionables.

Perhaps it was the cancellation of the show Jennette McCurdy co-starred in with Arianna Grande, Sam & Cat, or the rumor that a salary dispute caused the show to collapse. Of course, on top of it all Jennette McCurdy has also been dealing with the loss of her mother back in September of last year.

Whatever it was, something has caused Jennette McCurdy to compose a rant on Reddit that wavered between fairly mature statements and Miley-esqe “I’m not a role model” statements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-9zW-yhbd8

Here’s a bit of what she wrote on Reddit:

“I am not a role model. I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be. There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn’t so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot.”

Jennette McCurdy continued, “It’s fine, I can admit it. Back in my adolescence, I was more amiable, bubbly, and on lightly humid days, maybe even flouncy. I was role model material and then some. Fast forward a few years, I’ve grown up a bit (emphasis on “a bit”). I might not be any wiser, but I like to think I’m more honest.”

Ok, so it’s not exactly Miley, and she probably won’t chop off her hair and go crazy. I hope not anyway. Jennette McCurdy has been posting some racy pics lately and the statements she makes have become bolder, but she did actually offer some pretty good advice for young people:

“But in order to be thought of as a real, true role model, I believe you have to know a person and their actions, inside and out. Calling a celebrity a role model is like calling a stranger a role model. The knowledge you have of a celebrity is no more than a caricature drawn by media tastemakers specializing in selling you an image you’re dying to buy. It’s good to have heroes, but you have to look for them in the right places. They say don’t look for true love in a bar, well I say, don’t look for role models on screens.” Jennette McCurdy said.

Jennette McCurdy added, “But please, I encourage you to find role models in the people around you, the people in your everyday life, the people that are your friends and family.”

Here’s hoping the spotlight doesn’t get the best of Jennette McCurdy like it has so many other young actors.

Image via YouTube

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Lacy LangleyLacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.

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  • bishop061977

    So she’s being worried about because she said something true and intelligent? She’s 100% right and the media is giving her a hard time about it. That figures.

  • BAD PRESS

    Go for anything, but no more about her ex. And Sam and Cat was not as good as ICarly or Victorious. I wish both girls luck.