The Female Teen Idol Shock and Awe

18 Nov

By Sunnie Elliot

Why do some female teen idols manage to get stuck in the role that made them famous? Why do some female teen idols escape being typecast? Could it be due to “shock and awe?”

It seems in Hollywood the female teen idol that managed to have careers beyond their teens had some tabloid scandal in their background.  Drew Barrymore and Demi Moore tabloid scandal overshadowed their teen idol image.

So much so Demi Moore and Drew Barrymore went on to have great success beyond E.T. and St. Elmos Fire. Could “shock and awe” be the answer to breakout of the female teen image today?


We have seen Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart try tabloid scandal to overshadow their teen image.  Do you think this is a good strategy? Do you think it’s working for Kristen and Miley?

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5 Responses to “The Female Teen Idol Shock and Awe”

  1. kneon65 November 19, 2010 at 10:34 PM #

    My opinion what may have worked for Drew and Demi once, doesn’t seem to be working for Miley and Kristen. I think personally the shock and awe is way over done with these two. They need to try something new.

    • Open Book November 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM #

      It’s tough for women in film and entertainment today. I think to have opportunities given to u so easily, than find yourself having to work hard to maintain it, will make u do desperate things. I think when Demi Moore and Drew were doing the Shock and Awe tabloid scandal etc… They did not have social media to compete with. Meaning people were curious to go see them in the theaters, after seeing them on gossip magazines.

      • kneon65 November 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM #

        Yeah, I can see what you are saying, but that can work the other way to with social media at Miley and Kristen’s disposal they can protray themselves how they want to be seen rather than how tabloids and gossip columnist want to protray them.

        I think people for the most part are getting tired of the Shock and Awe tabloid scandals. People seem to shy away from those celebrities like the Britney and Paris because they become over saturated in the media.

        • lurkerm3 November 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM #

          With the instantaneous news we have available today the shock and awe only lasts as long as the sound byte. In order to grab headlines the biggest risk of this type of constant media attention is over-saturation, I agree. Really, who wants to hear about yet another incident of Miley or Britney or Paris? After a while don’t you find yourself asking what the big deal is? I do and I tune out.

          • kneon65 November 22, 2010 at 9:30 PM #

            Yeah, that is what I was trying to get at that, the Shock and Awe doesn’t seem to work as it once did, because of the social media and how instant information is now.

            Yeah, I agree also that I tend to tune out when I keep hearing the same stories over and over again.

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