Jennette McCurdy Defends Sexy Selfies: ‘I Am Not A Role Model’

Thu, July 24, 2014 9:56pm EDT by 23 Comments 30,838 Article Views
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Jennette McCurdy took to reddit on July 24 to defend her sexy selfies, telling her fans (and haters) that she’s ‘not a role model’ — check out her lengthy rant!

Jennette McCurdy, 22, has been having a bit of a rough year. Her relatively squeaky clean, Disney-ready image was totally tarnished in March when her sexy, lingerie-clad selfies hit the internet. However, posted a lengthy message on reddit on July 24 to defend her choices and to tell her fans and her detractors that she is “not a role model” — read on for more!

Jennette McCurdy’s Rant About Her Sexy Selfies — Actress Defends Photos

“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,” she wrote.

Jennette referenced the leak of her selfies, too: “With the growing I’ve done, I realize that to attempt to live up to the idea of being a role model is to set myself up for foregone failure. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but even if I hadn’t, people would have found invisible ones.

“This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity.” We can’t really fault her logic, here, but she is also the one who uses Twitter as a battleground, as when she called her ex “ugly” and when she blasted a “trouble friend” — Ariana Grande, basically.

Jennette McCurdy: ‘I Am Proud Of The Way I Live My Life. I Am Proud Of My Choices’

“I am proud of the way I live my life,” she continued. “I am proud of my choices. I am proud that no one can call me fake or say I don’t stand up for myself. I am proud that my friends and family would say that I’m a good person.”

Jennette’s rant is pretty timely — just one day prior, she tweeted her condolences to ex-BFF and co-star Ariana Grande, whose beloved grandfather has just passed. It seems as if Jennette is trying to bury the hatchet and start fresh following all of the behind-the-scenes drama that had a hand in Sam & Cat‘s premature cancelation.

Jennette is a bright, funny, beautiful girl, and we’re glad to see that she seems to be moving on from recent difficulties!

Here’s her rant in full:

“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.

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.

With the growing I’ve done, I realize that to attempt to live up to the idea of being a role model is to set myself up for foregone failure. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but even if I hadn’t, people would have found invisible ones. This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity, despite all the hearts and smiley emoticons.

To remove myself from the role model battle, the falsified standard set by the bubblegum industry, is – in my eyes – to remove myself from the counterintuitive battle of attempting to be something perfect while being glaringly aware of my imperfections.

Sure, I still love my teddy bears. I still love a heart emoji (the white heart in the pink box is my favorite) and I still have a soft spot for American Girl dolls. I still love a cute dress, a good pop song, and a vanilla-scented candle. But these things don’t define me or determine that I am any kind of a role model. What defines a person as a role model is the way they live their life. And no offense, but none of you know how I live my life.

Now before you start thinking I’m some sort of derelict that leads a life of crime, let me clarify. I am proud of the way I live my life. I am proud of my choices. I am proud that no one can call me fake or say I don’t stand up for myself. I am proud that my friends and family would say that I’m a good person.

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.

For those of you who do consider me a role model, I hope you don’t read this and cringe. I appreciate you. I appreciate you so much! I appreciate that you believe in me, support me, and in some way, hope to live your life like me. 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. I encourage you to base your idea of a role model off of someone you know well enough to see purely, not in the light, cameras, and actions of Hollywood.

xo Jennette”

So, HollywoodLifers, what do you think about her lengthy missive? Do you agree that she’s not a role model? Was she ever a role model to you? Will she continue to be one to you, regardless of what she says? Let us know what you think!

– Amanda Mitchell

More Jennette McCurdy News:

  1. Jennette McCurdy Sends Condolences To Ariana Grande — Feud Over?
  2. ‘Sam & Cat’ Canceled: Why Did The Hit Show End After Only One Season?
  3. Jennette McCurdy Jealous Of Ariana Grande: Are They Still Friends?

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JoshL

Posted at 1:04 AM on September 22, 2014  

Well what i think parents should do is explain to their kids the difference between the character on screen and the character as an everyday human being who is just like everyone else. They’re not perfect. Make mistakes and grow up. Instead of shaming an actress for growing up and living an adult life. I bet each and every person who is above 18 has done something racy like take a sexy or nude picture or had sex in public or drinks and smokes etc. Its a part of growing up and that’s exactly what Jesse has done. Shes grown up. So stop penalizing her for what shes supposed to do!

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JohnS

Posted at 12:59 PM on September 2, 2014  

would tap

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thomas79

Posted at 5:22 PM on August 10, 2014  

Why is her comment called a rant .Just because you dont agree with it doesnt mean its a rant . Stop calling it a rant or i will go to ever blog you post and call it a rant . And see how you like it . It is her opinion .you dont like it then dont post it

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me

Posted at 9:41 PM on July 26, 2014  

Obvious they are role models for young girls until they get tired and want out of Disney or Nick.Janette is doing what countless Disney kids do to expand their porn careers.These days these famous teens are choosing to be porn clowns not taken serious for their talent.Look at Miley good career.actress,good looking boyfriend instead of choosing to be respected and continue to expand her acting,singing and succeed with respect she decided to dumb down and become a clown instead. Miley has choosed drugs.porn and to be surrounded by losers all day.Janette is no different she has made her choice and now will join the clown club.

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Corie Hittle

Posted at 4:53 AM on July 27, 2014  

Really…A porn career? That is one of the dumbest things I have seen on here. In what way has she begun a porn career? Those “racy” pictures? You are a pathetic person. Miley is actually smart. She know what to do to sell things and make money. You called her dumb, but then you make this next sentence….”Miley has choosed drugs.porn and to be surrounded by losers all day.” Choosed?……Really. Now who’s the dummy.

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Hannah

Posted at 3:06 AM on July 26, 2014  

Well, the way I see it is, if you don’t want anyone to see you as a romodel. its your fault, your an actress, if you don’t want people to look up to you then what’s the point!!!! I mean c’mon you should be flattered to know that people look up to you! Besides nobody asked to know about your personal life. Cause the way that celebs act in a tv show or movies are far more different then how they really act, they are playing the part, that’s not really how they act ,or their personality!!!

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Corie Hittle

Posted at 4:56 AM on July 27, 2014  

It’s not her fault. It the kids parents fault. Parents should not let their kids choose actresses or singers as their role models. The parents should be their role models.

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Guest

Posted at 11:37 PM on July 25, 2014  

I am sooo over this chick!

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Guest

Posted at 11:31 PM on July 25, 2014  

Sooo she’s not a roll model, aaand she’s not a lady, sooo then wtf is she trying to reinvent herself into? “A Mess”

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Breezy Ez

Posted at 10:01 PM on August 11, 2014  

“A hot mess”

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Guest

Posted at 11:12 PM on July 25, 2014  

BS Jennette, you have played the roll model game, since joining the Nickelodeon group. You cashed every single one of those checks, knowing how both kids and adults felt. No one forced you to join Sam & Cat, or any other show, you could’ve walked after iCarly, and focused on your adult life, photos etc. Your complaining about everyone else, half naked photos, and suddenly pulling a Miley, not wanting to be a roll model now is such a joke!

Focus more on your talent, and less on flaunting your body, and you wouldn’t have to be so bothered by Ariana’s career. Your trying to come off like an empowered young woman, but for a lot of us, we had more respect for you before. I think its been a downward spiral, ever since you lost your mother. Wonder who’s guiding you now smh?!

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Nathan Rodriguez

Posted at 11:00 PM on July 25, 2014  

Why is it a celebrity’s job to raise your kids and teach them what you should be teaching them as their parent?

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Corie Hittle

Posted at 4:58 AM on July 27, 2014  

Exactly. Totally agree.

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tonni

Posted at 11:45 PM on July 25, 2014  

go f u c k urself

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proud. of u

Posted at 10:41 PM on July 24, 2014  

I’m so proud of u.. don’t let these folks do to u wht they did to Amanda … dnt care wht these people say.. u are u.. and that’s enough ..:-)

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Jo

Posted at 10:32 PM on July 24, 2014  

I agree with everything she said except for the quote “don’t look for true love in a bar” you can find true love anywhere. I met the love of my life in a dumpy dive bar 11 years ago and we are ridiculously happy to this day, with 3 beautiful kids, one awesome dog, and a happy home. And everyone who knew us back then said it will never last, you never find “the one” in a bar, blah blah blah. But we proved them wrong. So she’s right about not looking for role models on tv, but wrong about where you can find love. But she is young so she will learn eventually that love can be found anywhere and usually when you least expect it. Good for you Jeanette. Do your own thing and be happy with who you are no matter what other people think!

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Rachel

Posted at 10:42 PM on July 24, 2014  

I don’t think you should take it personally. It’s not that she’s saying you can’t find true love in a bar, it’s just not recommended that you go to a bar to find true love. I’m sure that’s not what you went to the bar for that fated day. You can find true love practically anywhere – some places are just better than others.

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anonymosme

Posted at 10:27 PM on July 24, 2014  

YOUR WORDS MEAN NOTHING, YOUR FAR FROM A ROLE MODEL, AND ACCORDING TO YOUR SELFIE PICS, LOOKS LIKE YOU JOINED THE KARTRASHIANS. WITH THAT USELESS RANT YOU WROTE, I WOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH!

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Corie Hittle

Posted at 5:00 AM on July 27, 2014  

Then you go back to school and learn punctuation.

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jopaco88

Posted at 2:06 PM on October 2, 2014  

Youve got no right saying shes anything like tge kardashians. It’s not like she went and posted these pictures anywhere. She tried to send them to someone that she liked and someone took advantage of that. What people do behind closed doors is none of your concern.

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cait

Posted at 10:15 PM on July 24, 2014  

good for you

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