Actress Jennette McCurdy took to Reddit to say that she’s not a role model, stating definitively, “I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be.”
The 22-year-old actress has come under fire for supposedly fighting with her co-star and friend Ariana Grande on their now-canceled “Sam and Cat” show and also for some sexy selfies that went viral.
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Two weeks after the show’s cancellation, McCurdy spoke out on Reddit
“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,” McCurdy wrote. “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.”
McCurdy proceeded to show that honesty in her post, referring to mistakes she made and admitting that “living up to the idea of being a role model” will set her up for failure.
Not only did McCurdy pull herself out of the role model role, but she doesn’t think celebrities can be “real, true” role models.
“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,” McCurdy wrote. “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.”
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