Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Jordin Sparks Thinks You're A Slut

So, Jordin Sparks at the VMAs.  You've heard about it.  She didn't like the fact that host Russell Brand made some jokes about the Jonas Brothers being virgins and wearing purity rings, so she fired back when she came out to present an award.
"I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It's not bad to wear a promise ring," Sparks, 18, told the crowd, off-the-cuff, "because not everybody – guy or girl – wants to be a slut."

It seems that Ms. Sparks was offended by the comments and thought that they might make the purity ring crowd feel bad.   So, her solution was to make equally offensive comments?  The claim that anyone who has premarital sex is automatically a slut is such a silly exaggeration.  And what if I am a virgin, but I'm into privacy and don't want to publicly proclaim my sex status with a ring?  And on the flip side, what if I do want to be a slut?  As long as I'm having safe sex and not trying to hook up with anyone's boyfriend or anything like that, why should Jordin Sparks have anything to say about it?

She could have criticized Brand's jokes and defended her beliefs without calling names and trying to sarcastically shame anyone with a different view.  (And for the record, the Jonas Brothers themselves seemed to have no problem with the jokes.)  If she wants respect, maybe she could show some too.

(And really, just as an aside, isn't the fact that virginity-promoting squeaky clean Disney darlings like the Jonas Brothers are performing at the VMAs just further proof that MTV is no longer anywhere near cool?  We have nothing against the Jonas Brothers, but yeah.)

Jezebel has a great clip of the ladies of The View weighing in on this important issue and discussing what the definition of a slut really is these days.  (The clip of the Jordin Sparks comment is in there too - the best part is watching co-presenter John Legend hold up both hands to show the lack of any promise ring action.)   Elisabeth Hasselbeck shows Jordin a thing or two about how condescending bitchery is really done, and Joy Behar has the best line with "so in other words, if it's boring, you're not a slut".

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