The Point: Kylie’s Lips

It’s not lips that are the problem, it’s tongues. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Axis, one of my favorite ministries to teens and parents, published a story at their Culture Translator that had me hot under the collar. Kylie Jenner, the 20-year-old co-star of “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” and daughter of Bruce Jenner, isn’t the ideal role model. But countless young girls imitated her when she underwent lip-augmentation.

Jenner recently admitted that she did it because a boy said she wasn’t a good kisser when she was sixteen.

As the dad of three girls, this really bothers me. Lip augmentation involves injecting with silicon or another filler. Complications are often involved, including launching girls into a lifetime of insecurity about their appearance.

It’s not something any teen should be doing, least of all because a boy wasn’t satisfied with a kiss.

But it powerfully illustrates how destructive words are in our celebrity-driven culture, whether the words of a careless boyfriend, or the words of a sadly misguided celebrity with whom nobody should be “keeping up.”

 

Resources

The Culture Translator
  • Vol. 3 Issue 37 | September 15, 2017

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  • Phoenix1977

    “But it powerfully illustrates how destructive words are in our celebrity-driven culture, whether the words of a careless boyfriend, or the words of a sadly misguided celebrity with whom nobody should be “keeping up.””
    How about ancient writings which sone people think are more important than laws? Like your bible?

    • Zarm

      No one thinks they’re more important than laws; rather that they’re laws from a source with far higher authority.

      To what do you object?

      • Phoenix1977

        To that very idea.

        • Scott

          Yes… that way you can make yourself and your ideas the only god you answer to.

          I wonder what the world would be like if we all thought that way? That question is rhetorical. : – )

          • Phoenix1977

            “that way you can make yourself and your ideas the only god you answer to.”
            Exactly.

            And I’m going to answer your rhetorical question anyway: I think the world would not be worse than it is today.

    • Tyler

      Cut and paste this exact text into a Slate or Huffington Post article, and you wouldn’t disagree with a word of it. It’s pro-woman, it reflects the value of all people regardless of appearance or body type, it speaks out against the implicit power than men generally hold over women for shallow appearance reasons. And instead of finding even an ounce of common ground on those points, the retort is a deflection to a broad stroke painting of the Bible as a book of laws that devalue people. You might as well copy and paste “I didn’t think critically about this before writing the following statements” prior to all comments.

  • Gina Dalfonzo

    All right, it’s time we got back on topic. From here on in, any comment on this article that doesn’t refer to Kylie Jenner, or to teen girls and their issues in general, will be deleted. (And no, Phoenix, that is not an invitation to go looking for stories on Christian persecution of Kylie Jenner. 🙂 )

    • Phoenix1977

      “that is not an invitation to go looking for stories on Christian persecution of Kylie Jenner. :-)”
      I doubt even I can find one of those 🙂

    • Scott

      Bummer… I guess this means I can’t reply? : – )

      • Gina Dalfonzo

        Sorry. I’m sure you’ll have other opportunities on other pages. 🙂

  • Tyler

    The main point about destruction was what happened to Kylie Jenner because of the words of some bum boyfriend of hers, not her words themselves.