Several years ago, I
wrote a column praising a sweet and talented Welsh
girl named Charlotte Church. A singer of arias and
sacred songs, she possessed an uncommon sense of modesty
and decorum in the
skin-baring age of
Britney Spears. Charlotte had the face and
voice of an angel. Her
signature piece was
"Pie Jesu" (Blessed Jesus). Her favorite
keepsake was a rosary blessed by the pope.
Or so she said at the
time. Now, alas, the once-charming Charlotte is the new
skankdom. And you won`t believe what she`s saying
about the pope.
entertainer has rebelled against the wholesome image
that brought her fame, fortune and worldwide respect as
a rare role model for young girls. She has traded in
"Pie Jesu" for "
Crazy Chick "—a
lousy pop anthem even
Ashlee Simpson wouldn`t be caught performing.
Charlotte`s gone from pure-hearted to pure crap. These
days, she drinks, she smokes, she curses, she fights,
she parties, and she tries very, very hard to shock and
offend—like a trashier
Lindsay Lohan, only with better pipes.
Charlotte has a new talk
show in England, where she plays a profanity-spewing
hostess who is part Rosie O`Donnell, part Keith
Olbermann (she has bashed President Bush as
"clueless" and a "twat") and completely
unhinged. The pilot episode featured Charlotte calling
Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi, dressing as a nun and
pretending to hallucinate while eating communion wafers
imprinted with smiley faces (symbolizing the
drug Ecstasy). The Catholic News Service reported
last month that the pilot also showed Church smashing a
statue of the Virgin Mary to reveal a can of fortified
wine. To top off her anti-Catholic snit, she stuck
chewing gum on a statue of the child Jesus.
The sketch was scrapped
from the show`s debut, but in the most recent episode
aired last week, Church strapped herself to a cross,
Madonna-wannabe-style. As one viewer complained in a
quoted by the Daily Mail: "This
woman may have had the voice of an angel in the past but
now she has the foul mouth of a sewer rat." Some
observers saw this coming back in 2001, when she trashed
New Yorkers at Ground Zero soon
after the terrorist attacks: "Everyone there has
to relate themselves to it. They are like `Yeah, my
neighbor`s dogs` owners` sister`s dog was involved, but
he got out just in time. It was a bit sick. People
overdramatise and lose perspective."
In response to our
New York firefighters` heroism, the self-absorbed
quoted saying: "They went from here in society to
celebrities. They are even invited here to present
television awards, which I just don`t agree with."
Because only half-naked,
blaspheming pop tarts should be allowed on television,
The corruption of
Charlotte Church is a sorry little sign of how innocence
and grace have lost their mass appeal—even as parents
claim to want age-appropriate role models for their
daughters. A survey of 1,010 mothers with daughters 4 to
9 years old, released this week,
reported that 90 percent of the moms "believe
there are not enough wholesome role models, celebrities,
characters and brands for young girls to emulate."
Some 85 percent of those polled said they are "tired
of the `sexpot` dolls/characters" currently
The survey was
commissioned by AG Properties, owners of the wholesome
Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Holly Hobbie toy
lines. Perhaps it`s time for moms lamenting the
skankification of their little girls` world to put their
money where their mouths are.
Not that it`s so easy. I
confess I broke down and let my 6-year-old daughter have
a Bratz lunchbox. Now she wants to be a Bratz doll for
Halloween, an idea that warrants only one word (a word
not said often enough): "No."
Charlotte`s fall was not inevitable. But good girls
need grown-ups to keep them from going out of style.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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