Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus’ constant presence in headlines has led to a new accolade they may not appreciate, “Worst Role Models For Kids.”
The uber pop pair recently topped the third annual Best & Worst Role Models for Kids poll hosted by the folks over at What To Do With The Kids, a website for parents looking for activities for their children.
What a difference a year makes.
Back in 2011 and 2012 Justin was voted the top role model for boys at the same site. Since then, the 19-year-old’s on and off Believe tour exploits — smoking pot (there’s no need to say allegedly now post Between Two Ferns), that mop bucket, paparazzo run-ins, and an array of allegations — have powered the “Baby” star to the No. 1 position on the bad boy list.
In the Y chromosome corner, Miley Cyrus’ topless, twerking, “Molly”/weed endorsing and, latterly, mental health mocking antics have catapulted the 20-year-old from the No. 5 slot on the worst role model list to the top of the league.
Joining Justin and Miley on the naughty step are rapper cum ranter Kanye West, Chris Brown, and disgraced sportsman Lance Armstrong. Male rappers as a whole made number five on the worst role model list, which is perhaps an indication of this poll’s demographic.
Hot on Cyrus’ heels at number two is Bajan superstar Rihanna, who probably won’t mind ranking if her latest bashful music video is anything to go by. Kim Kardashian makes it to number three, with the website citing her “reality show” background and relationship with West as reasons. Lindsay Lohan punched in number four with the unfortunate Amanda Bynes bringing up the rear at five.
While it’s not surprising Cyrus and Bieber have topped the list, we wonder if their crowning is a tad unfair. Both are navigating the tricky jump from child star to beyond, and as Vanilla Ice recently explained to TMZ, appear to think running headlong into adulthood is the best way to go about it.
Whether it will bring either greater credibility or success in the long run remains to be seen, but we wonder if it isn’t Justin and Miley’s topicality that saw them win the poll.
Currently the “We Can’t Stop” songstress is gearing up to release her album Bangerz, has amassed a huge personal fortune and seems to embody confidence. While her replies to Sinead O’Connor aren’t tactful, she also didn’t initiate the contact.
Meanwhile, Bieber is packing in the crowds on a sell-out world tour and has just announced he will be releasing the first of his new, solo music in a 10-week #MusicMondays series.
The Canadian teen has recently been cleared from a number of legal challenges, namely alleged reckless driving and an allegation of threatening and spitting in the general direction of a neighbor at his Calabasas, CA home. He was also cleared of wrongdoing in an alleged hit and run investigation stemming from a June incident.
The best female role model on the decidedly middle-America poll went to Taylor Swift. Next, came Jennifer Lawrence, Selena Gomez, Kate Middleton, and Oprah Winfey. Best male role models saw One Direction walk it, then Justin Timberlake, “a boy’s father,” Michael J. Fox, and Barack Obama.
Do you think Bieber and Cyrus deserve the “Worst Role Model For Kids” title?
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