Jennette McCurdy posts on Reddit: I am not a role model

Posted on July 24, 2014


Jennette McCurdy surprisingly created a topic on Reddit regarding her role as being a role model and the recent gossip about her based on the photos she posted on Instagram. She posted under the account curmudgeon457 on the subreddit dedicated to her (/r/jennettemccurdy/).

Jennette also provided some more information on Nickelodeon and why she posted. She also mentioned of doing an AMAA soon.

Below is the full post, which can be seen on Reddit

I am not a role model.
I don’t claim to be, I don’t try to be, and I don’t want to be.
There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title, that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn’t so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot.
It’s fine, I can admit it. Back in my adolescence, I was more amiable, bubbly, and on lightly humid days, maybe even flouncy. I was role model material and then some.
Fast forward a few years, I’ve grown up a bit (emphasis on “a bit”). I might not be any wiser, but I like to think I’m more honest.
With the growing I’ve done, I realize that to attempt to live up to the idea of being a role model is to set myself up for foregone failure. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but even if I hadn’t, people would have found invisible ones. This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity, despite all the hearts and smiley emoticons.
To remove myself from the role model battle, the falsified standard set by the bubblegum industry, is – in my eyes – to remove myself from the counterintuitive battle of attempting to be something perfect while being glaringly aware of my imperfections.
Sure, I still love my teddy bears. I still love a heart emoji (the white heart in the pink box is my favorite) and I still have a soft spot for American Girl dolls. I still love a cute dress, a good pop song, and a vanilla-scented candle. But these things don’t define me or determine that I am any kind of a role model. What defines a person as a role model is the way they live their life. And no offense, but none of you know how I live my life.
Now before you start thinking I’m some sort of derelict that leads a life of crime, let me clarify. I am proud of the way I live my life. I am proud of my choices. I am proud that no one can call me fake or say I don’t stand up for myself. I am proud that my friends and family would say that I’m a good person.
But in order to be thought of as a real, true role model, I believe you have to know a person and their actions, inside and out. Calling a celebrity a role model is like calling a stranger a role model. The knowledge you have of a celebrity is no more than a caricature drawn by media tastemakers specializing in selling you an image you’re dying to buy. It’s good to have heroes, but you have to look for them in the right places. They say don’t look for true love in a bar, well I say, don’t look for role models on screens.
For those of you who do consider me a role model, I hope you don’t read this and cringe. I appreciate you. I appreciate you so much! I appreciate that you believe in me, support me, and in some way, hope to live your life like me. But please, I encourage you to find role models in the people around you, the people in your everyday life, the people that are your friends and family. I encourage you to base your idea of a role model off of someone you know well enough to see purely, not in the light, cameras, and actions of Hollywood.
xo Jennette

Below are the various comments and replies by Jennette herself which mentions her main reason to leave Nickelodeon:

I do have a couple questions if you feel like answering. What is next for you as far as acting goes? Do you see yourself moving on from Nickelodeon now? Also, it’s no secret that you have some…questionable followers, and you take it all in good fun it seems. Your last instagram post was a good example of this. With that said though, you still don’t mind showing off your assets. Is there any times where you feel the need to step back and refrain from posting something?

Jennette: Yes, I left Nickelodeon recently because I needed to move forward with my life.
I try to take it all in good fun, though this post in particular came out of the frustration of commenters who disagree with the contents of my more “grown-up” posts.
I never refrain from posting something if I want to post it, exactly for the reasons I said in this piece. However, I do find myself sick of social media at times, so I take a step back. (For example, I haven’t had the twitter app on my phone for the past two months, hence my lack of tweets).
Thanks for the thoughtful questions.

this is the sad thing about reddit. all the kissasses get top comments even if your whole article is pure bs. if you arent a role model get out of the public eye while reaping all the benefits.

Jennette: fair point, but this post came in response to comments on my instagram account, which we all have a right to have, famous or not. I post to social media when I want to and how I want to and I would whether I was in the entertainment industry or not. I don’t believe people should attack me because their image of me is destroyed after I post a harmless, sultry photo. I don’t believe an actor/actress should lose the rights to be themselves in an attempt to cater to the image that was created by a character they played. that’s all.

The whole reason people perceived you as a role model is that you were so relatable. You know many kids looked up to you because of the strength and candidness with which you handled your mothers battle with cancer. Because you were able to talk about it it endeared you to more people. What I don’t understand is why you didn’t just write this post to say this instead of being nekkid and provocative with your posts when your words were so poignant and well thought out? I mean if Miley Cyrus could write like this she wouldn’t have to lick hammers for a living. lol You shouldn’t have to either

Jennette: firstly, thank you! secondly, I’ve never licked a hammer lol.
I believe this fits into my point… I don’t know where the connotation got destroyed, but nothing about an adult woman taking a sultry picture and being proud of a body she worked hard for should equal “Miley Cyrus”, imo. I’m not riding giant inflatable dicks. (And if she wants to, so be it!)
Moreover, I’m literally wearing more than most bathing suits nowadays in any “nekkid and provocative” picture that has been seen of me.

Jennette Updates

4 responses

  1. Love your honesty. Seriously, everyone has a right to be themselves. My daughter and I will miss your characters, though.

  2. Hi Jennette

  3. mike hill says:

    hey jennette I just wanna say its sad that social media can control a persons mind so easily to a point where it makes it ok to judge you or any celebrity who’s growing up in the spotlight…I think its tough for people to realize that you are becoming your own woman and you are NOT sam pucket….its tough for people to let go of what they’ve enjoyed for so long u know? I think u did the right thing by leaving the show…I would love to see you in something different, something for people to see that you’re not a teenager anymore….then maybe people can see u for more than just sam…..just know that u do have people who understand what you mean when u say….your not a role model….just want to say that…I hope to see you on the big screen or whatever you wanna do….lata

  4. I like you. Your a class act.