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Fads and Fashion
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        She rose to fame on a well-known channel for children. Knowing only show business, she was treated to whatever lay in her fancy. Nothing was too good for her.
        She was allowed, even as a mere child, to attend adult parties where anything that could be conjured up in Hollywood went on. Her parents set her no good examples, whatsoever.
        As she matured, in body, maybe not in mind, she was allowed to bare her shapely body to all audiences. She began setting the pace for all teenage girls who watched her cavort in front of the cameras. Everyone wanted to dress like her, sing like her, dance like her, and act exactly like her.
        Her physical looks were not the greatest, but she knew early on how to use her talents and her body for whatever her heart desired. Children of other nations began to mimic her. She became the idol of every young lady who encountered her on the T.V. screen or on the motion picture screen.
        A very few years ago America followed France’s fashions and fads. American women would starve themselves to buy outfits made in France. They would allow their children to do without food and clothing to be able to afford France’s offerings. Yes, France set the pace for many years with her modern ideas.
        The Beatle years descended upon us and all eyes turned to England. Now it was the teenage male population’s turn to shine. All sorts of outlandish outfits were introduced to America’s shores by these crazy Liver-poolians. Men began looking more like women than men.
        Soon, another craze struck America. Diana married Prince Charles of Wales thus setting the pace in fashion for all brides-to-be and what followed after. Every girl in America just had to have every outfit that Diana wore. Then, her sudden demise caused young ladies to turn their eyes to other areas of adventure in fashion.
        Now America, the beautiful, the land of the free, and the home of the brave, has become the haven of illicit fashion. If an actress bares her belly button, every teenage girl in America follows suit. If a well-known actress bares it all, this is accepted by the majority of Americans and they allow their children to follow suit. Every foreign nation’s young people are influenced by the antics of American actors. Is this good?
       Do they not know that these people are only acting? Do they not know that the scenes displayed on screen are only make-believe? By accepting this behavior, America has become a cesspool of decadence. What was once taboo is now accepted by the majority of Americans. Whatever happened to censorship in Holly wood? Whatever happened to decency, even in our churches?
       The afore-mentioned young woman is now the most touted purveyor of nudity. What she does onstage should not even be allowed in a strip joint. What must her parents be thinking? Where will all of this end?
        It is too bad that we are now encountering the age of ‘instant gratification’! What is popular today will be an antique tomorrow. Interest spans of our children are about as long as it takes parents to go to Big Lots, and purchase grotesque, cheap plastic, ‘Made in China’ toys, which last about as long as it takes to drive home. Meanwhile, the garbage dumps fill up, and thrift stores thrive upon the waste of American families.
        What happens to all the fashions that our teenagers ‘just have to own’?
They too end up in thrift stores, and eventually the dump, because, who wants an old outdated rag that was worn once and became obsolete as soon as Macys sold it?