July 22, 2012 12:38
Kate Nash blames 'The X Factor' for child bullying
The 'Under-Estimate The Girl' singer also claims she'll still be performing whens she's an 85-year-old
In a candid interview with the Observer, the singer said adults can't tell their children that bullying is wrong when they, themselves, are slagging off singers on the popular music talent show.
Nash exclaimed: "We watch the grand finale of The X Factor, and we get all these rejected contestants coming on to sing – possibly people with a disability, certainly the elderly – and we all just sit and laugh at them.
"Then we buy gossip magazines, slagging off celebrities for walking down the street looking human, saying, 'Urgh! Look how disgusting and gross they are! They're fat and they're ugly, or they're too thin, look at their wrinkles and their crow's feet'. None of the adults who buy into that can turn around to kids and say, 'Don't bully each other'."
Last year, the 'Under-Estimate The Girl' singer set up the Rock 'n' Roll For Kids After School Club – where she visits schools across the UK helping female pupils interested in a career in music - and has met young people who have been bullied in and out of school.
She explained: "I've been spending a year and a half meeting teenage girls who just hate themselves. They're really insecure about the way they look, and at the age of 14, dismiss the idea of becoming a musician because of the worry about how the media would treat them. It was such a wake-up call to me."
Nash has also revealed that she doesn't plan on walking away from the music industry. In fact, she plans to keep performing well into old age, saying: "Even when I'm a crazy granny wearing weird old granny clothes and wandering around with dementia, I'll still be playing."
Last month, Nash unveiled the first track to be taken from the album, 'Under-Estimate The Girl'. The track sparked controversy as it was a dramatic change in direction of the singer. Responding to her critics, she wrote on her Tumblr: "It is important to push boundaries, to try new things, and not to re-create…I'm extremely proud of the work I have done on both of my albums before now. 'Made of Bricks' and 'My Best Friend Is You'… But just to let you all know, I will never make those albums ever again."
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