From the time I was little, I was already very left wing socio-politically. I may never have been statistically the right height for my age, but as a child, I was not usually my actual age either.
Every time I saw a homeless person, I was confused. How are there not enough places for people to live? Every time I met a fat kid, he’d become my best friend. How could others be so mean to him? Every time I could get my little brother in trouble for climbing out of his crib, I would. How could a big sister not be even a little bit mean to her baby brother?
Yesterday, along with well over a million other people, I learned of a five-year-old girl who refuses to get married, until she has a career. Another little girl on a quest. The question in debate, whose quest? Her parents’ or her own?
In a YouTube video [seen here], the confident kindergartener says, “I don’t want to marry someone if I don’t have a job first… I don’t care if I marry you. I don’t care if I marry another man. I care if I do something that’s special.”
At first, from just listening to her manifesto, I thought she was cute; a mature child with fiery spirit, who similar to me at her age, knew what she wanted.
As children, it’s natural for our parents to influence us. Even by not actively influencing, any lack of influence is still hugely influential. So, I reasoned her parents were indeed letting her be a kid, in a way unique to their brand of influence and her self-expression.
Then, I watched the video.
It had more cuts than a butcher block - six choppy edits, in less than one minute.
Then, I did a little market(ing) research.
The now six-year-old has an 11-year-old sister, Anna Graceman, vying for celebrity as a (talented) singer/songwriter. Through her Twitter account, Anna thanked Ryan Seacrest for putting up the video on his site too. The original was uploaded to Anna’s YouTube account, and now has almost 1.3 million views.
Well, with all those numbers, it’s easy to do the math.
But in the end, I realized her parents were showcasing their kid, in a way unique to branding a product…
A brand new celebrity.