Sunday, November 21st, 2004

WTF is with celebrity magazines?


So I’m in the grocery store today, glancing at the magazines as I stock up on fibre, eggs, and other-fat busting foodstuffs. I was puzzled as to why so many “teen” publications have people who are pushing 30 on their cover. Gwen Stefani was on one of the teen rags, but I’ve seen other supposedly “young” celebrities gracing the covers of Cosmo Jailbait, Seventeen, and other synergized tween rags. By far the worst has to be the cover of Teen People I saw with 50 Cent on the cover. “Hey kids, getting shot up like Fitty in a crack deal gone sour is COOL!” is about the message a cover like that sends to the youth of America.

Of course, the youth of America are probably mere months away from being drafted into getting shot in Iraq anyway, so maybe it’s a moot point who they think is cool and why. 🙁

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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