Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Miley Cyrus Obituary
The recent death of Shirley Temple Black at age 85 draws to mind the comparison of how low many recent child stars match up to her.
Shirley Temple is unarguably the most popular child star of all time. She was the most popular movie star in the 1930's for four years in a row. Icons like Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant took a back seat to an eight year old.
She was even in a movie with future president Ronald Reagan.
Temple's transition to adulthood was not without heartbreak. Her first husband turned out to be a philanderer, but she was married to her second husband Charlie Black for 55 years. What you didn't read about was any uncontrolled drinking, drug use, or partying like modern former child stars such as Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan.
As an adult Temple Black became a globe trotting diplomat and ambassador for Republican presidents from Nixon to George H. W. Bush. She was recognized for her achievements with Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Does anyone foresee similar honors in the future for Cyrus or Lohan? What are the odds either woman is still alive at age 35, much less age 85? Who is projecting their obituaries will read of a life well lived?
It is too easy to blame fame and fortune for the hedonistic lifestyles of many entertainers, even those who were contemporary with Temple Black, but Temple Black is proof that someone with character, strong morals, and humility can grow up in the challenging environment of the entertainment world to be someone whose life can be celebrated rather than treated as a train wreck.
Liberals and secularists would have you believe that people who are critical of drinking, drug use, and sleeping around are just old fashion prudes trying to control the lives of others. This worldview maintains that all choices can be right and there is no one standard that should apply to everyone.
The truth is that traditional family values, where people follow Bible based teachings, results in people of character who make our world a better place. We need more Blacks and fewer Cyruses.
Sometimes the truth is just as plain Black (and white) as that.