My niece is here today spending the afternoon with my kids, and I took a quick gander at a few Tiger Beat magazines she brought with her.
I used to love Tiger Beat. But I swear, something has changed dramatically. Tiger Beat used to be for the teen market. Now, it is apparently targeting the 'tween' market of kids aged 8 to 12. Now, I know kids are growing up quicker these days. I get that. But I can't wrap my head around the notion that idol ogling is now the stuff of 8 and 9 year olds.
This Tiger Beat actually contained an article with booger jokes. There were letters from readers featuring 'gross-out' stories and the word 'boogers' appeared several times on the page. If I remember correctly, this word 'boogers' appeared once in a fancy font, so as to glam it up. Mind you, I am not saying that nose debris can't be funny, but sincerely believe such things belong within a certain context. And that context should be NOWHERE near photos of teen idols (unless, of course, they want to feature boogers on the pinups themselves, which I could heartily get behind as quality entertainment for people of all ages. I would subscribe myself to Tiger Beat if they had pinups of the Jonas Brothers all 'boogerized').
Can you imagine, Trapped in the 80s Moms, opening your Tiger Beat in 1982 to find out what Rick Springfield has been up to, and reading about boogers? I mean, how glamorous is THAT?
Every single page of this magazine featured boys who looked too young to shave and girls who had barely reached puberty, but were dressed to resemble world-weary fashion plates.
YES, I do admit that when we were kids, in every issue we had to look at something silly for a page or two, such Menudo, or Ralph Macchio, or Ricky Schroeder. But most of our pinup guys were old enough to shave. We had Rick, and Duran Duran, and Rob Lowe, and Michael Damien, and John Stamos, and Billy Idol, and Prince, and Michael Jackson, and Adam Ant. These were men.
I only make these criticisms because I loved the teen mags so much. Back when they were TEEN mags.