Whenever we post a picture or a quote from Taylor Momsen, the general reaction is "shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior," followed by a heavy round of collective eye-rolling. But does she deserve it?
Let's consider the strikes Momsen has against her: she's a child star who first came to fame playing Cindy Lou Who in the big-screen adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas when she was seven years old, which, in the eyes of many, shoots any chance she might have had at legitimate rock star credibility she might have to hell; she constantly drops comments bemoaning the Disney-fication of music, which, let's be honest, aren't entirely off-base but perhaps throw people off because they are coming from someone who yes, starred in a Dr. Seuss film and on Gossip Girl, she smokes (gasp!), and she dresses like she shops a vintage store stocked solely by fans of Cherie Currie and Courtney Love.
Momsen can't seem to win: her career bothers people, her perceived "brattiness" bothers people, the nerve she has to attempt to be someone other than Cindy Lou Who bothers people, and her seemingly honest desire to be rock star realllly bothers people. She sometimes royally fucks up and drops obnoxious statements like ""Um, right now I'm trying to just finish my record and getting through the last season of Gossip Girl for right now. So not so much thinking about that," when asked about Haitian earthquake relief. She's recently made a concentrated effort to separate herself from the likes of Miley Cyrus, even though the two are actually going through many of the same things, if you think about it: they're both attempting to segue into adulthood by developing post-child star personas, and hitting several speed bumps along the way.