Vanessa Hudgens' Naked Apology

Disney’s High School Musical brand and one of its major stars, 18 year old Vanessa Hudgens, have suffered a major blow with nude photos of Vanessa appearing all over the internet.

It seems that Hudgens took the photos herself for ‘private use’ but they’ve ended up all over the world.

Unfortunately she is now learning that there are many things that once done, cannot be undone. The damage to her very wholesome reputation amongst her mainly pre-teen fans is immense. She seems to have realised that she made some foolish choices and has apologised but the photos are out there now and there is now no real way to contain the damage.

She has released a statement which says,

“I want to apologise to my fans, whose support and trust means the world to me.

I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos. I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.”

I hope that she is able to move on from this but I also hope that she can use this instance as a warning not to follow the path of so many other teen stars whose behaviour has spun out of control. Stardom so young seems to be a very difficult thing to handle and there aren’t too many examples of the young and famous who have coped well with the money and adoration that flows from a world obsessed with fame.

My 11 year old daughter is a big High School Musical fan and I’ve just had to discuss the whole incident with her. I know that the news will continue to spread and that she will hear it sooner or later so I wanted to discuss with her before it became playground gossip.

It seems that we often hear of famous people who have compromising photos or videos leaked to the wider world.

I have a hint for all the young stars, starlets and wannabees. If you want to avoid the embarrassment of naked photos or videos of you appearing online, don’t take photos or videos of yourself while naked. Also, don’t allow others to take photos or video of you while naked. Not that difficult I would have thought.

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Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Personally, I don’t see what the big issue is. So what – she was naked. Most of us are at some stages in our lives.

    Maybe if the public and media could get over their massive hang-ups about sex, then they wouldn’t equate nudity with dirtiness or lewdness.

    A lot of very famous people have posed for nude portraits over history. They weren’t deviants – most were quite upright and moral. They just appreciated they amazing beauty of the human body.

    I hope it helps Vanessa Hudgens’ in her career. She can’t remain a teen-star forever. Maybe producers and directors will start looking at her as a grown woman and start giving her grown women’s roles.

  • Are you trying to get some more hits to your blog Rod? 🙂

    Good post…..
    Sea Eagle….there is a world of difference between posing nude for art sake, and pornography.

  • I’m going the other way with it, since my almost 10-yr-old daughter doesn’t have news like that coming into her world right now. If it does, she’d ask – and I might probe a little to see if she’s heard. But for now, I’m hoping it’ll blow over before she would get wind of it.

  • Situations like this really serve to underscore the huge disconnect that Hollywood has with reality. Disney wants to make movies about kids who buck the system and who live their lives their own way, but they want actresses and actors who follow Disney’s rules unquestioningly.

    The music and movie industry has spent the last 40+ years promoting immoral and illegal behavior and then they are “shocked” and “dismayed” to discover that a generation raised on the values they have sold have no problem with stealing music and movies.

    Duke lacrosse players live in a society that allow you to hire a stripper and then they are shocked to learn that someone who is ok with breaking God’s commandments about nudity, doesn’t have a problem with breaking his commandments about lying. They follow that bit of illogic up with being shocked that the media and a district attorney might not be quite so moral either.

    Who’d have thunk it?

    Short vesrion: Wake up, you can’t have moral immorality… it just doesn’t work.

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