Sadly, it's far too common for child stars -- singers or actresses -- to "grow up" into dysfunctional "adult" behaviors, from drug habits to sex tapes. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera almost had a contest to see which one could be more debased. Both made out with Madonna on camera at the MTV Video Music Awards, and that was nothing compared to what they did offstage -- but still on camera.
These vibes first surfaced with Miley Cyrus last summer, when someone in her entourage made the terrible decision to have her photographed for Vanity Fair magazine topless, holding only a bed sheet. At 15 years old. It suggested they wanted to scrub off all the Disney soap and go directly to mental images of X-rated video.
Despite that avoidable misstep, she remains a child star at this moment, the star of a new "Hannah Montana" movie, which opened at the top of the box office. The Jamie Foxx assault on her lighted a wildfire on YouTube. People were angry at Foxx's bullying. In an appearance on Jay Leno's show, Foxx apologized with the usual shtick: "I am a comedian, and you guys know that whatever I say, I don't mean any of it. And sometimes as comedians as we do, we go a little bit too far … We're really the black Howard Stern. And so you know, we go at everybody."
Is that really something to aspire to, becoming "the black Howard Stern"? How is it an "apology" to imply "I didn't mean you should literally make a sex tape and take heroin?" Anyone listening to the hooting and howling around him in the studio knew that Foxx's rant was sincerely meant as a savage series of taunts at the expense of her Disney child-star image.
Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley's father, denounced Foxx's routine as hurtful in a TV interview. "There wasn't nothing funny about it, and quite frankly, I think if I said those things about his daughter, he might not find it so comedic." Exactly. Foxx has a 14-year-old daughter, Corrine, who lives with her mother. If Cyrus had denounced Foxx's daughter with the same terminology and the same aggression, his career in entertainment would be over. Finished.
The worst part of all of this is Foxx poured mud on the "Hannah Montana" star not because she's done something blatantly immoral, but because her Disney image is squeaky-clean. ? Because she's innocent.