Friday, October 06, 2006

Never Heard of Her and Not Sure Why I Wrote About Her

This is a disturbing story of sorts and a comedically ironic one at that same time. I really am not sure which direction to take this story. I can highlight the sad and morally wrong aspect of it or I can point out the irony reality supplied. I suppose I will just tell the tale and we will find out the direction together.

I had never heard of Keisha Castle-Hughes before tonight. She was in some movie called “Whale Rider” and got nominated for an Oscar for best-actress in 2003, but that did not help me at all. She played the Queen of Naboo in the last Star Wars movie, but I blocked most of that out of my mind to salvage my sanity.

I must admit to having no clue who Keisha Castle-Hughes is, but it appears she is pregnant. Why does that warrant a Lemming Report? Simple, she is 16 years old. That would be the tragic and disturbing part of the story. The father of her child is her boyfriend of 3 years and it could be common practice in her native Australia, but I still find it disturbing for a 16 year old to be pregnant. Is it just me?

Now to show the dilemma I find myself in with this story. It appears that her next role will be as Mary in “The Nativity Story”. I wonder how the religious will react to Mary, mother of G-d being played by an unwed underage mother.

I imagine they were very excited about this movie prior to this announcement. They probably saw this as the family friendly “Passions of the Christ.” It is not common for a movie about Jesus’ sacrifice to give children nightmares so I imagine parents were slightly un-thrilled to say the least. I think this new movie was going to be more wholesome in its approach. No nasty birth close-ups or after birth tidal waves in a digital slow motion. . If Mel Gibson directed it we would have a C-section scene I bet.

So which way do I go with the story? Do I comment on the tragedy of a successful and rising star who gets pregnant entirely too young and risks ruining both her life and her baby’s? Or do I write about the irony of the person playing Mary actually getting pregnant? Or do I write about the probably upcoming protests that may result from this actress playing Mary? I am so confused.

Why does Florida not have any cliffs for a lemming in distress?

9 comments:

RexZeitgiest said...

Whale Rider is a true classic......about not only nature butthe way men treat women in MAori society....I did not know she was pregnant but if she loves her man, good for her.....



My dad got my mom pregnanat when she was 15 and htye stayed together for 26 years and had 5 of us.....it can work....I wish them well...

Kanrei said...

It was a different world then Rex and your mother was not famous (no offense). =D

Serena Joy said...

I saw this young lady on some show or another when Whale Rider was about to be released. I remember thinking how beautiful and poised she was. I'm dismayed to hear she's pregnant; 16 is awfully young. As for the upcoming film, although it's only acting and she's not really Mary, I'm sure the ultra-religious probably will throw a fit. And you're right -- thank God Mel Gibson won't be directing.

Kanrei said...

The story is that his new movie is bloody and violent for a Mel Gibson movie. I am scared.

RexZeitgiest said...

No, don't get me wrong Kan....16 is WAY WAY too young for having a kid....but look at us...guys in our late 30's without children....

Who made the right decision? The ones that procreated to early, or those that wait until it is almost too late...?

Shari said...

By today's standards, 16 is young to be pregnant but it's not really that odd from a biological perspective. I don't think her success or her career path will be hindered by having a child, at least not in the long run. In fact, she's likely to have much better support for her and her child given her situation.

Maturity is the biggest issue in having a child at such a young age. Most 16-year-olds have no idea what they're in for. Maybe this young woman is a bit more worldly than most and will be okay.

The worst part to me is that she's 16 and had a boyfriend for 3 years. I guess that it really is a different world compared to when I was younger because 13 would have been far too young to have a boyfriend when I was at that age.

Variant E said...

Hey...maybe she's just staying in character with her Virgin Mary role. Maybe there is no boyfriend. Maybe her pregnancy is another immaculate conception! Maybe I should stop reading the tabloids...

Gal said...

Whale Rider is a good film. I recommend it. I thought she deserved an Oscar for her performance. Truly ironic though that the girl who fought to be just like the boys should end up pregnant at such a young age. It is a very different culture though, so maybe 16 isn't all that young there to taken on the role of parent. I wish her/them well.

I bet some religious folks will be torn about her starring as Mary, the mother of Jesus, now. It will be interesting to see how they respond.

BTW, I thought she was a New Zealander, not an Aussie?

Anonymous said...

You whiny bitch. You can't handle reality so you had to shutoff the free speech. I guess it's your jewness coming out. F#%K GOD.