You know the world is a crazy place when you can relate to a 20-something- year-old pop star when you are on the wrong side of 25. I recently had a similar moment of my own when the new pop princess on the block, Ariana Grande, came out to defend her lovely, not so real locks saying they’re hair extensions.
Now before you skeptics begin to defame her and say, “I knew she was another fake!”, hold your horses. The poor ex-Nickelodeon star had to dye her hair red for years at a stretch because her on-screen persona demanded it on the show Cat and Sam. But I say, bring on the fight.
In a world where Miley Cyrus’ tongue and gluten-free diet gets more attention than her actual singing talent (or lack thereof), or where Selena Gomez is referred to as Justin Bieber’s ex and not a certified popstar, girls have got to take inspiration from Legally Blonde and represent themselves. So Ariana brought it on (so to speak), along with her very obvious hair extensions, while she waits for her real hair to grow back. But that didn’t stop anyone from judging her.
Hair haters said things like: Ariana Grande wears more fake hair than every drag queen on earth combined.. Probably true. But why does she have to justify it to you and me? Perhaps because she’s chosen to be in the spot-light and get judged by you. Also, she gets free clothes, jewellery, a good-looking-boy-band boyfriend and a singing contract even when she only ‘tries’ to sing like Mariah Carey.
So I guess, if you don’t want to be judged for your fake anything, then you don’t deserve any fame, fortune, hair extensions or a famous better half. And despite her grit, she still can’t be the popular girl, because there are too many bullies in her way. Bullies that you and I never thought we’d be, but somehow end up being.
Cyber bullying is at its worst. Half the time you don’t know if it’s a teenager saying horrible things to their fellow famous teenagers or a middle-aged woman who is fed up with her 9 to 5 job and jealous of the young generation and just wants to release her frustration.
So the next time you start to judge a kid who just happens to be a tad more awesome than you (in the ‘popular’ category at least), stop and think. Don’t be a bully. You never know when fame will strike you.
— Shagufta Ahmed (Shagufta is an RJ and creative executive at Radio Indigo)