Entertainment is a big part of people’s lives. Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Lady Gaga are iconic personalities, idols who have worked hard to achieve their level of fame.
Marilyn Monroe, the “sex symbol”, incarnates the objectified, sexual woman freed from the morals standards of her time. She said: “In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hair-do. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents.” (My Story).
Madonna paid homage to Monroe, her idol, in her video “Material Girl”. Madonna has successfully integrated blasphemy and pornography in her music videos. In that aspect, she has revolutionized the music industry. “Scandalous” is the word that comes to mind when we think about Madonna.
Lady Gaga describes herself as “Madonna’s hugest fan”. Until recently, I thought that Gaga was a man performing a grotesque caricature of woman. Then I saw a picture of her as a teenager and found out that her real name was Stefanie. Her choice of outfits (including a dress made of meat), words and behavior have made her the object of both love and hate. Like her idol, she wants to “revolutionize pop music”. I can’t come with a better word than “bizarre” to describe Lady Gaga.
So we went from the “sex symbol” to the “scandalous” to the “bizarre”. What is next? Is there anything left to revolutionize, is there anything that hasn’t been done or said? Us women need role models to look up to. The mainstream media is setting the trends for us, dictating whom we should follow and worship. As Monroe said in her autobiography, the entertainment world is not interested in virtue. Yet, we were made for more than vice and controversy. We are daughters, sisters, wives, care takers, workers, mothers and friends. We need role models more than idols.
Two women named Mary were standing at the foot of the Cross: one was chosen by God, the other one had chosen the best part. We need the same kind of love, faith and hope that they had to answer our calling for our lives. We need to look up to Saints rather than looking up to Sinners.