David Hauslaib: Hollywood Parents

Question: To what degree are parents responsible for the behavior of Hollywood starlets?

Hauslaib: I’m not a parent.  I don’t know how difficult that is.  I think parenting is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.  Combine it with the craziness of Hollywood and nobody is gonna come out a winner, I feel like.  You do have “success stories” of parents and their children on the Red Carpet and very wholesome photos; but then you do have the Jamie Lynn Spears of the world.  Listen, if I were Lynn Spears, I don’t envy that woman.  She has two very troubled children.  I think in Jamie Lynn’s case, it is very easy to point the finger at the mother and say, you know, “You f’d this up.  This is your fault.”  I also think whenever you take a young, impressionable person and put them in Hollywood where fame, money, sex, drugs, and all of that attention culminate into a very unhealthy environment, you’re . . . it’s an uphill battle.  And while I do certainly think parents should take some responsibility, it’s foolish to think that they can be the, you know, panacea for all their children’s problems.

Recorded on: Jan 23 2008 

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