Jennette McCurdy, known for her roles on a variety of Nickelodeon shows, has been having a difficult year following the release of her rather sexual photos to the internet and the cancellation of the Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat. While many are criticizing McCurdy on her recent actions, she wants the world to know that she isn’t a role model, and she doesn’t want to be.
“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.”
While Jennette knows she may not be role model material, she wants everyone to know that she isn’t planning on walking the road of many child stars. Yes she admits that she has made her fair share of mistakes, but according to E! News, she continues on to say that even if she hadn’t made them, “people would have found invisible ones. This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity, despite all the hearts and smiley emoticons.”
So Jennette decided she was going to remove herself from the battle to be named a role model, saying that by removing herself from the “role model battle” is her way of removing herself from the “counter-intuitive battle of attempting to be something perfect while being glaringly aware of my imperfections.”
Jennette McCurdy knows she isn’t perfect, and even admits that she still has a lot of growing up to do, and while she admits she doesn’t want to be a role model, she does appreciate all of her loving and devoted fans:
“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.”
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[Image Via Jennette McCurdy’s Instagram]