Jordin Sparks Makes a Mockery of Herself at 2008 VMAs
Having sex makes you a slut? Since When?
The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards were a complete snore yet again this year. The lackluster and sub par singing was enough to put anyone to sleep; including my dog.
The awards were hosted by British star Russell Brand; a man who looks like a cross between Edward Scissorhands and Pigpen. Not only was this guy annoying and not funny, but he looked like he hadn’t taken a bath since 2006.
Throughout the night, Brand made constant references to The Jonas Brothers, who have made a personal decision to wear purity rings. Brands constant “attacks” on the The Jonas Brothers didn’t seem to sit too well with audience members. The “attacks” became so constant and redundant, that one would think that Brand had a secret crush on the three young heartthrobs.
Did Brand really go too far? Should he have been picking on The Jonas Brothers for a personal life decision? Should he have clarified that his comments were tongue-in-cheek? Well Pop star Jordin Sparks certainly didn’t see the humor in Brand’s comments.
Before introducing an award with R& B singer John Legend, Sparks had this to say in response to Brand’s comments about purity rings:
“I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring,” Sparks said, “because not everybody – guy or girl – wants to be a slut.”
I am sure most would agree that it was great that someone took a stand and responded to Brand’s comments. However, I don’t think Sparks’ response made the situation any better.
If one were to dissect her comment, it could be interpreted as Sparks’ stating that anyone who doesn’t wear a promise ring is a slut. Ever hear the adage think before you speak Jordin?
I am certain that Sparks was infuriated by what Brand was saying and implying, especially since she is indeed one of those people who wear promise rings. However, because of her loose tongue she disrespected a whole separate group of people.
Just because someone engages in premarital sex, it doesn’t make them a slut, whore, pimp etc. What a person does in his or her own bedroom is indeed their business. A person should only be classified as a slut when they publicly project themselves as being loose. But then again, who are we to judge another person? None of us are perfect. People are always going to judge what they don’t know. If a girl wears a dress too short, she is automatically labeled a slut. If a woman shows cleavage, she is “inviting” men to look at her in a sexual way. So what is your definition of a slut Jordin?
There is a time and a place for everything and Jordin’s timing was all wrong. She should have waited until after the show to get her thoughts together and make a clear and concise comment about the situation. Not only did she make a fool out of herself, she took the spotlight away from the next award that was about to be given out.
A more powerful and safe response to Brand’s comments would have been if Jordin flashed her own promise ring while saying “I just have one thing to say about promise rings.” Instead she took it to an entirely different level and threw the word “slut” into the mix.
Could it have been that Sparks misspoke? Were those Jordin Sparks’ true feelings? Or are we going to call this a simple Freudian slip? I’m pretty sure we will all be either reading or hearing a statement from either Jordin or her publicist apologizing for anyone she may have offended.
Let’s just hope that Jordin Sparks’ next CD goes platinum. If not, well I guess we’ll be seeing her in the American Idol graveyard of artists who were dropped from their label.