Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 678 times:
There was a debate on radio the other day about these 8-9 year old kids in a pop band. Are they too young for such a stressful schedule? Time away from school? I know that some olympic gymnasts are only 14 years old. Think of how much time they must spend practicing to get that good and have school on top of that. Is that fair on the kid? Is it healthy?
Just thought I would throw it up for a discussion!
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 582 times:
Remember, kids like this, usually have a tutor that travels with them, so its like having a personal teacher at all times. "School" in a sense of the word, is very different from the school that most kids go too.
1)They can't really say what they want. They have agents, press secretaries, and of course, as far as anyone famous is concerned, the media is like the 'thought police,' overanalysing what they say and do.
2)They have to fly places on tour, they get fatigued, dehydrated, they might have to go without eating for a while because they are too tired to eat, they don't have time, etc.
3)They have relatives back home that don't get to see them for months at a time except for when they are on tour in their area, or they are on television or a music video channel.
4)Where are they going to get a decent education on tour. They can't have tutors and that's it. They actually need dedicated time in which to sit down and do some quality studying. Once they burn out as artists, they will have to play catchup in order to get a decent education.
The kids may want this at first, but then they will realise that what they got themselves into was a living hell.
Cba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4530 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 556 times:
I have to agree, especially about athletes. These days, professional athletes start when they are 2 and 3 years old at a sport. Just look at Tiger Woods. At that age, kids are too young to decide if they like a sport or not. Parents push their kids into a sport at such an early age. The kids grow up on the sport, and don't really decide if they actually enjoy playing it. Many tennis players these days win their first titles when they are 16 and 17.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12948 posts, RR: 79 Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 516 times:
Yes, the whole child-star thing stinks, and it's not so new. Look how miserable Judy Garland was for most of the her life. More recently, the child cast of 'Different Strokes'.
At 8-9 years, this new lot probably won't be around for long, (where's Hanson now?).
The real creepiest thing I've seen involves someone quite a bit older. Remember Britney's 'pose' on the front of Rolling Stone complete with schoolgirl attire?
In the early 1980's, a shocking lapse of judgement allowed a programme on the UK's Channel 4 to go out, which had pre-teens, some as young as 6-8 years, performing pop records, complete with often sexually orientated lyrics, and clothing and dancing to match. It did not last past the first series after concerns about encouraging child-abuse.
A Channel 4 executive at the time recently admitted if they did that now, it would last one show, because a mob of angry parents would have burned the TV station down!
Pushy parents and the celebrity sausage-machine, what a horrible combination.
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 497 times:
Yea... 8-9 is definately way too young for someone to be performing in a pop band. I even think that the girls in Dream (14-16) are too young to have to deal with the rigors of a pop lifestyle, having to be everywhere and doing everything. Wait until you've graduated from high school I say...
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.