Will ‘Bling Ring’ Encourage Teens to Trade Crime for Fame?
In case you haven’t seen the trailer (or haven’t heard about it), there’s a new movie out called “The Bling Ring.”
When I first saw that trailer I inwardly cringed thinking, “Wow, as if teens needed another way to get their 15 minutes of fame.”
And then, I saw an interview on Dateline with the real “Bling Ring” kids … and it was just as I feared: smug young adults, denial, and a cold mom who blamed everyone but herself or her daughter for the problems.
Behind the Bling Ring
Alexis Neiers, which Emma Watson plays in the movie, was the beautiful reality star of E’s Pretty Wild. The show happened to catch the whole Hollywood burglaries trial debacle while filming.
Even though Neiers pled no contest to the burglary charges and spent one month in jail, she still says that she didn’t know that the burglaries were going on. However, main (burglary) man Nick Prugo says Neiers was in on the burglaries the whole time. (What’s Prugo up to? He’s shopping his own reality TV show, of course.)
Meanwhile, on Dateline, Neiers mother is all wide-eyed saying that the movie doesn’t portray her daughter accurately and that she’s done nothing wrong.
(Side note props to Neiers who has gotten her life together now, is off of drugs and is married with a baby.)
What Worries Me About Bling Ring
What concerns me about this movie (which I haven’t seen) is that it glorifies crime as yet another way for today’s fame-hungry, media-addicted teens to get their 15 minutes in. I mean, I can just hear it now: “Burglarize the homes of stars, get great clothes and designer purses and star in my own reality TV show with only a month in jail when I get caught? Hell ya!”
What do you think? Am I overreacting? If you have teens, what do you think about them seeing this movie?