Dishing-Up Pop Culture Teens

Everybody wants a piece of the teen-pop pie served up by Disney, but not every helping is a healthy portion.  Perhaps to boost sales, teens have been featured in established magazines who would normally focus on more mature celebrities; Vanity Fair had the controversial Miley Cyrus wrapped-in-a-sheet photo, and Rolling Stone magazine displayed the “Clean Teen Machine” Jonas Brothers on the cover. Recently, the Teen Choice Awards astutely chose Miley Cyrus as host and the shows ratings noticeably improved. Miley's face can still be found on every piece of conceivable merchandise from Wal-Mart to Macy's. 

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Jonas Brothers were doing their media rounds last week, and will be very visible again this week because they have a new album to promote; A Little Bit Longer hit store shelves today. Items with the teen hearthrobs' likeness are selling like hot cakes at Target and pre-teen clothing chain Limited Too.

Chelsey Handler couldn't resist partaking of the Disney confection either. I occasionally indulge in this late night celebrity dish, but I'll admit I was a bit mortified last night when she spoofed the Jonas Brothers on her show Chelsea Lately. In a staged interview with three Jonas wannabes, she bared her top and brushed up against a fake “middle Jonas” (taunting him to break his purity vow) who in reality is eighteen years old. The good news is she didn't go for the younger Jonas impostor representing the fifteen year old tempting morsel. The bad news: she's thirty three, and, well, she's thirty three.

Madam, at your age, I'd suggest keeping your hands out of the cookie jar!

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