MTV Movie Awards 2011: A Withering Verdict

Reese Witherspoon gives a reality check to wannabe stars.

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Reading coverage on the MTV Movie Awards 2011, which took place on Sunday, felt like hearing about your little sister's prom night. You have zero interest in the event itself but want the dirt dished on two things: what did everyone wear and did anyone misbehave?

Just like the thousands of prom nights that are taking place right now all over the country, the answer is: as little as possible and absolutely. With all the super short hemlines, breast grabbing, same sex kissing, crotch rubbing, and 'F' bombs it is surprisingly easy to forget that there are pointless awards at stake: Best Kiss; Best Jaw Dropping Moment; Best Scared-As-Sh**t Performance. Someone pass me a bucket.

Something tells me I am not the only one having difficulty stomaching it. Most of the stars had barely even the enthusiasm to brush their hair for the event. Taylor Lautner's Mom forgot to polish his shoes; Jason Sudeikis looked like a drunk banker; and Chris Evans was clearly on his way to a Top Gun-themed party as soon as he could sneak out the back door. Good for them, really. Save your hair gel for the Oscars. 

Thank goodness, then, for Reese Witherspoon. The Oscar-winning actress put on one of her best performances yet when she accepted The Generation Award for 2011. Beaming like a prom queen as her award was announced, she skipped up onto the stage to accept her popcorn trophy. Like a modern day Carrie, Stephen King's social outcast turned prom queen who takes a savage revenge on her fellow students, she then gave the MTV Generation a withering piece of her mind. 

"It's cool to be a bad girl. But it is possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show. When I came up in the business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed. If you took naked pictures of yourself on your cellphone, you hide your face, people.  Hide your face!"  

Her remarks were taken to be a comment on stars such as Kim Kardashian or, recently, Blake Lively, who have spared their modesty on the rocky road to fame. Whatever her intentions, her motives are spot on. As a mother, she will share the concerns of many parents about how young aspiring stars perceive that reality TV, sex tapes and sexting can help make fame a fast reality. As an Oscar winner with a good girl image, she is living proof that it can all be achieved through hard work and keeping your clothes on. 

Choosing to crash MTV's prom and giving wannabe stars a reality check, Reese Witherspoon is the Prom Queen we can all look up to. Before she relinquishes her crown, may I suggest she stop by the boy's bathroom? The rumor is that the school geek, Weiner, is logged on to Twitter and is in need of some similar advice.

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Victoria Robertson is a freelance current affairs columnist and founder of With her back foot firmly planted in some commonsense and a lively swing of the bat, she knocks today's big news stories straight out of the park.

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