Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen is obviously trying hard to shed any ounce of a good girl image that may be lingering. The 16-year-old actress was photographed smoking a cigarette on the set of the CW show in New York City this week.
The image has sent shock waves through the blogs, and even moreso to the Foundation for a Smoke-Free America, who have spoken out against Taylor’s decision to light up.
"She really has an extra responsibility to bear as an actress idolized by little girls out there," Patrick Reynolds, the director of the Foundation, tells Us Weekly. "For her to be smoking sends the wrong message to kids. Evidence shows that stars do influence kids to smoke."
And Taylor doesn’t seem to care about how she’s affecting younger girls who are watching her every move. She told the UK Times in an interview, "To be honest, I don't f--king care. I didn't get into this to be a role model. So I'm sorry if I'm influencing your kids in a way that you don't like, but I can't be responsible for their actions. I don't care.”
"Honestly, if I'd have ended up as Hannah Montana, I don't know if the show would have gone as well. I probably would have told them all to go f--k themselves by the time I hit 11. And I don't know how that would have gone down. It's great for Miley, but I really like where I am right now and I feel really fortunate to be able to really be myself," she added.
Wow. Not only does this girl have a smoking problem at way too young an age, but an attitude problem as well.