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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".

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Yeah I get what she was trying to say but not really a great choice of words.

EvilDollie said...

I totally agree. Her comment really rubbed me the wrong way.

And how pleased Elisabeth Hasselbeck was with it...Ugh, why are these people so interested in other people's sex lives only so they can condemn them? Why do they think the world at large gives a shit about how virginal they are?

Dollface said...

Thanks for the link to the View, definitely interesting. Jordin Sparks' comment mostly irritated me rather than offended me (since I am, by her definition, a slutty McSlut).

She seemed kind of uptight & intense when she said her piece on stage. Girl needs to get laid!! ;-)

Ol Cranky said...

I am so glad I'm not the only who was irked by this. Her non-apology was an equal slap in the face (it was like saying, if you're not a virgin you may not be a slut but you probably are).

This whole virginity/purity ring thing among the Disney set really smells of a sales gimmick. Jessica Simpson (who started dressing to show boobs and skin as soon as she was married) and Britney Spears both used it (heck, when rumors of Jamie Lynne being pregnant were out months before she was actually pregnant she was defended as being a "good Christian girl" aka wholesome and virginal and not someone who could be pregnant).

Making such a show of public declarations about your virginity just seems like an insincere way to promote yourself - it's not the fact that people are religious and are are trying to live within the bounds of their beliefs that makes them a target, it's the fact that they make a sport of it.