April 8, 2013, - 3:34 pm
Annette Funicello, RIP: Class Act a Stark Contrast to Today’s Child Star Whores & Hollyweird Politicos
Annette Funicello, who died today of complications from multiple sclerosis, had a great message for today’s teen and twenty-something actresses. She showed them how to make it in style . . . with class and dignity. She went from Disney Mouseketeer to sexy bikini-clad beach girl without becoming a skank.
A few weeks ago, I reviewed the movie, “Spring Breakers,” yet another tawdry example of child stars and former Disney kid actresses whoring themselves out to “transition” to adult stars. And it never works. You might say that the Annette Funicellos of this world are a relic of a day when America was king of the world, America’s golden years. And you would be right, in part, since we are now in America’s Kartrashian years. But actresses like Miley Cyrus (on this site, “Miley Virus”) and Disney-gal-turned-threesome-sex-partner-on-screen Vanessa Hudgens will never be remembered as America’s sweetheart the way so many adults fondly remember Funicello today upon news of her death. In fact, when Cyrus and Hudgens are 70 or when they die, we’ll say, “Who?”
I wasn’t alive in Annette Funicello’s heyday, but I knew her from the re-runs of the “The Mickey Mouse Club” that were on after I came home from school every day as a kid. And I know that my parents liked the former Mouseketeer and told me all about her and her later beach movies. The daughter of Italian-Americans, she was one of the first notably ethnic child stars, and as Italian-Americans took pride in her, so did Americans of other ethnicities, like my parents. But nobody really cared that her last name ended in a vowel or where her ancestors came from because she was among the best American kid actors in talent, looks, and performance. And in her bright spirit. I remember, as a kid, seeing her go on talk shows and then announce that she had MS and would be less and less active. All of America seemed to mourn her loss then as they do today.
Funicello wasn’t political, she wasn’t a feminist, she didn’t hit us over the head with bizarre, weird, anti-American views. Nope. She was proud to be American and proud and content to be a performer. She didn’t go to Vietnam and pose with our enemies, like Hanoi Jane Fonda did. She didn’t yell and scream about feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment.
She could have done all of these things. But, instead, Annette Funicello chose to stay out of those things and remain a class act.
And that’s how all of America, today, remembers her.
Annette Funicello, Rest In Peace.
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