I remember fondly when I was a child, all the way back in the 1980s. Not to act nostalgic, but things were different then. It seems that there was a completely different mindset that has all been forgotten. My next-door neighbor Mikey and I grew up together. He was the same age as I, so we often would play together. He was quite the rambunctious child and would often get hurt in the way that kids will.
He would cry when he got hurt, because most kids do that, too. What I remember most though was his mother’s reaction. She would turn away from The Young and The Restless, without leaving the living room, mind you, and look out the window to see what all the fuss was about. As long as he had all his extremities attached she would scream out the window: "No Biggie!"
"No biggie" became the catch-phrase for our neighborhood. That is how much we heard it. Last I heard, Mikey, was doing fine.
Flash forward to 2006. It’s a new generation with a new set of kids. Not only that, but parents seem to have a new mindset, as well. I can still recall cringing as I read an old school Nickelodeon forum, which mentioned that Doug is now considered to be a classic Nick cartoon. It is not the ability to make mildly old things classic that bothers me though. It is the fact that after 20 some years of life there are some people that have still not cut the cord from their mommies.
Take Lindsay Lohan for example. Now before I begin, please understand that I like Lindsay. When I first saw Mean Girls, at the urging of my son, I thought she was incredibly sexy and had a shot at being a big player in Hollywood. I even liked her music. Today, I think she has a few issues to work out, but I am just using her as an example because it seems that many of the people of her generation are the same way.
Lindsay has received press lately for the issues she’s had working on Georgia Rules. I cannot recall what the movie is about right now, a troubled teen I think. The reason I cannot remember what it's about is because the controversy is centered more on her allegedly not working, as opposed to the film itself. The production company of the movie recently had a lot to say about Lindsay and while I found all of the comments that were made about the so-called party girl disturbing, these things were not as bothersome as the issues I have with what happened after Lindsay was publicly chastised.
Her mother, Dina, is the person who really pissed me off. She came out in defense of her darling daughter and told those producers where to stick it. It is exactly this mentality, that causes today’s youth to sit on their asses and point fingers. Why do all the dirty work and defend yourself when mommy can do it for you?
To my knowledge Lindsay has made no comment about her mother coming to her defense. She spoke to gossip frontman Perez Hilton to say she was sad that people were forming opinions about her, but that was about it.
I could not care less if she is a party girl. However, don’t complain about something you bring on yourself. This is so typical and it’s bordering on repetitive with much of Hollywood today. It’s the "I don’t like the paparazzi, but I’m going to fuel the fire by posing naked on a magazine cover" mentality.
If having a negative image bothered Ms. Lohan so much she would have a bite to eat (for her figure's sake), show up to work on time, and stay home a little more often. If the likes of Brad and Angelina can stay out of the media you can’t tell me that a former-tween princess can’t avoid it.
Sadly, the same thing is occurring in colleges all over the country. Mothers have actually been told not to call schools any more because they are complaining about their baby’s air-conditioning, food options, or this or that. It’s ridiculous. How do these people expect their children to function if they won’t remove them from the proverbial titty by the time they hit their teens?
Looking back to my youth, I never thought I’d say it, but maybe Mikey’s mom was on to something. "No biggie" taught him to handle himself much better than the whining, pathetic, excuse-laden children seen so often today, who have only their mothers to blame.