Jennette McCurdy wants everyone to know that she is not a role model and she is proud of her choices. In a rather lengthy rant on Reddit earlier this week, the Nickelodeon star took to the internet to address her recent image problem.
As reported by The Inquistir, the iCarly star took to Reddit to address the many criticisms her once squeaky clean image has suffered due to a March leak of sexy lingerie photos on the internet. The selfies, combined with reported tension between her and co-star Ariana Grande, has hurt Jennette McCurdy in the eyes of the public.
But according to her rant, Jennette does not feel the need to defend herself:
“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.”
McCurdy continued, insinuating to all her haters out there that what their perception of her is far from the truth. “What defines a person as a role model is the way they live their life,” McCurdy wrote. “And no offense, but none of you know how I live my life.”
Jennette has taken heat for the cancellation of Sam & Cat, the brand new Nickelodeon show co-starring Ariana Grande, after only one season. According to Deadline Hollywood, the reported “discord” on the set between her and Grande is what inevitably lead to the production of a relatively successful show being shut down.
But perhaps McCurdy has grown past the on-set tension with Ariana and is ready to move on. She demonstrated as much by recently tweeting Grande condolences for the loss of her grandfather. Her post on Reddit also hinted that she’s truly grown from this experience:
“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.”
In the end, Jennette McCurdy hopes that sexy selfies are viewed as harmless. She also left readers with this advice when seeking out your next role model onscreen:
“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.”
[Jennette McCurdy photos courtesy of Hollywood Life and Bing]