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27-09-2006
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Where have all the good girls gone?
Where have all the good girls gone?
By Michelle Malkin
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Several years ago, I wrote a column praising a sweet and talented Welsh girl named Charlotte Church. A singer of arias and sacred songs, she possessed an uncommon sense of modesty and decorum in the skin-baring age of Britney Spears. Charlotte had the face and voice of an angel. Her signature piece was "Pie Jesu" (Blessed Jesus). Her favorite keepsake was a rosary blessed by the pope.

Or so she said at the time. Now, alas, the once-charming Charlotte is the new face of skankdom. And you won't believe what she's saying about the pope.

The 20-year-old entertainer has rebelled against the wholesome image that brought her fame, fortune and worldwide respect as a rare role model for young girls. She has traded in "Pie Jesu" for "Crazy Chick" -- a lousy pop anthem even Ashlee Simpson wouldn't be caught performing. Charlotte's gone from pure-hearted to pure crap. These days, she drinks, she smokes, she curses, she fights, she parties, and she tries very, very hard to shock and offend -- like a trashier Lindsay Lohan, only with better pipes.

Charlotte has a new talk show in England, where she plays a profanity-spewing hostess who is part Rosie O'Donnell, part Keith Olbermann (she has bashed President Bush as "clueless" and a "twat") and completely unhinged. The pilot episode featured Charlotte calling Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi, dressing as a nun and pretending to hallucinate while eating communion wafers imprinted with smiley faces (symbolizing the drug Ecstasy). The Catholic News Service reported last month that the pilot also showed Church smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary to reveal a can of fortified wine. To top off her anti-Catholic snit, she stuck chewing gum on a statue of the child Jesus.

The sketch was scrapped from the show's debut, but in the most recent episode aired last week, Church strapped herself to a cross, Madonna-wannabe-style. As one viewer complained in a message quoted by the Daily Mail: "This woman may have had the voice of an angel in the past but now she has the foul mouth of a sewer rat." Some observers saw this coming back in 2001, when she trashed New Yorkers at Ground Zero soon after the terrorist attacks: "Everyone there has to relate themselves to it. They are like 'Yeah, my neighbor's dogs' owners' sister's dog was involved, but he got out just in time. It was a bit sick. People overdramatise and lose perspective."

In response to our celebration of New York firefighters' heroism, the self-absorbed Church was quoted saying: "They went from here in society to celebrities. They are even invited here to present television awards, which I just don't agree with."

Because only half-naked, blaspheming pop tarts should be allowed on television, eh, Charlotte?

The corruption of Charlotte Church is a sorry little sign of how innocence and grace have lost their mass appeal -- even as parents claim to want age-appropriate role models for their daughters. A survey of 1,010 mothers with daughters 4 to 9 years old, released this week, reported that 90 percent of the moms "believe there are not enough wholesome role models, celebrities, characters and brands for young girls to emulate." Some 85 percent of those polled said they are "tired of the 'sexpot' dolls/characters" currently available.
They say that -- and yet, the doll market is clogged with best-selling Bratz babies in thongs and Barbies with bling.

The survey was commissioned by AG Properties, owners of the wholesome Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Holly Hobbie toy lines. Perhaps it's time for moms lamenting the skankification of their little girls' world to put their money where their mouths are.

Not that it's so easy. I confess I broke down and let my 6-year-old daughter have a Bratz lunchbox. Now she wants to be a Bratz doll for Halloween, an idea that warrants only one word (a word not said often enough): "No." Charlotte's fall was not inevitable. But good girls need grown-ups to keep them from going out of style.

http://townhall.com/columnists/Miche...ood_girls_gone


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Quote:
The pilot episode featured Charlotte calling Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi, dressing as a nun and pretending to hallucinate while eating communion wafers imprinted with smiley faces (symbolizing the drug Ecstasy). The Catholic News Service reported last month that the pilot also showed Church smashing a statue of the Virgin Mary to reveal a can of fortified wine. To top off her anti-Catholic snit, she stuck chewing gum on a statue of the child Jesus.
Good lord. They gave this girl a show?!
Apparently someone still has some 'growing up' to do

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It's all part of the "Keep Rebellion Safe" Initiative: let Charlotte show you how to be a good bad girl, lest you young ladies start getting any strange ideas of your own on how to really frighten your parents!

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First of all, if you need to look to Hollywood for role models for your daughters, you are not a good parent. Second, Michelle Malkin is not a good role model or journalist! Shrill does nothing but add gas to an already out of control fire.

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LOL....and I used to think she was boring....

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it is sad though i hate that young girls wanna be hoochies, i like some raunchy crazy chics too to keep it real but i think thats mostly what you see and not a balance, but what did happen to "ladies", or if you are a lady now you are almost too perfect and fake with no substance and no real contribution to pop culture, there is no one of this generation i see so far with the grace or iconic stature of an audrey hepburn for example, too bad i still think to myself sometimes "what would audrey do???"... or if i'm naughty debbie harry heehee, but at least she conveyed intelligence, feminine power, and talent

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Charlotte grew up from a young age in a very intensive industry. I think this article is pathetic because it does nothing to highlight what a smart funny and vivacious girl Charlotte is. Sure she makes mistakes but there are worse issues to be addressed and perhaps somebody who deserves to be 'slagged off' more. What a pathetic waste of journalistic space and what an embittered self righteous writer.

The fact is that parents should be the role models, not strangers with views that can get taken completely out of context.

I also don't mean to be snarky but if the British press had wanted to they could make Debbie Harry look like a complete idiotic slut. It's all the power of perception. They're merciless. I'm just lucky that I don't have to buy into all the crap about Charlotte because it's pretty obvious to me that she's a pretty smart girl who just got pushed into a difficult industry by a pushy mother at too young an age. Why should Charlotte have to be a role model for ANYONE. Intelligent youths shouldn't blindly follow a stranger's example. Unless of course it's Ghandi. Then I approve.

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I think there are quite a few girls that are talented/respectable... they just don't get the same press, because people like stories.

Camilla Belle
Evan Rachel Wood
Nikki Reed
Danielle Penabaker
Ashley Tisdale
Brenda Song
Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Monique Coleman
Miley Cyrus
Emmy Rossum

Raven, however, is my favorite. I think that she really knows what she's doing, she's talented, and she's herself- none of which are evident in the socialites and hoochie mamas in Hollywood today.

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^^ Thanks, Khatotic. I agree with the list...
So we still have some good girls left!

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How very innappropriate Charlotte. No respect for religious statues, people who died tragically in 2001 terror attacks...... What gets me is that she said that those people turned into celebrities...so? Better than the idiotic celebrities like her tart self with diariah of the mouth. And why does she have a talk show again?

I would love to sit her down and throw holy water on her, if she spits out pea soup we're in trouble for sure.

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I don't have any respect for the Pope ...then again I'm not famous so I don't have to worry about keeping my mouth shut.

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i cannot believe this was even posted....i do not trust anything that woman michelle malkin writes...she is a racist idiot who believes internment camps for american muslims....anything she says or does is not worth looking at seriously

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