This weekend the world was gifted with a long confessional in New York magazine from Joe Jonas. The 24-year-old formerly in the Jonas Brothers — they split up this fall over creative differences — dished about everything from smoking pot for the first time with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, hooking up with fans, and how coming back to a hotel room to find a groupie waiting there is actually really annoying. Mostly, though, Joe Jonas talked about he and his brothers’ rise to fame and how they felt completely beholden to Disney, because the mega-company made everything happen for them. Disney controlled their lyrics — “If a lyric was slightly sexual, someone at the record company would tell us we had to change it” — and pressured them to never mess up or else they’d disappoint their parents, fans and bosses. ”We were frightened little kids,” Joe said.
Well, Dylan Sprouse, a fellow Disney child star, has a few things to say about that.
Dylan Sprouse appeared on Disney’s “The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody” and “The Suite Life On Deck” with his identical twin brother Cole Sprouse. Last spring, he spoke out publicly about why the two left Disney, which basically amounted to the company allegedly attempting to steal one of their ideas. Clearly, he is no fan of of the way the business side of Disney operates. Most recently, he and his brother have attended New York University.
And yet Dylan Sprouse literally called Joe Jonas’ complaints about Disney “bullshit.” He simply thinks the Jonas Brothers didn’t say “no” to Disney enough and throws around words like “BAD ARTIST.” It’s kind of harsh, really.
Here’s Dylan’s full response:
I read the article and I have a couple things to say. Most formally the idea that Disney and the corporations “gentrified them.”
First, I think it’s bullshit that they were being robbed of choice or creativity. If they wanted too, they could have told Disney “NO”. Cole and I did this hundreds of times and we ended up all right. The only reason they didn’t is because, like many of the people on that channel, I think they fell for the allure of fame. Granted, Cole and I had been acting our entire lives, so we saw it as a means to an end (money making) rather than an opportunity to become successful.
Nowadays artists just assume they have to do what they are told by their proprietors because there is a “rigid structure to achievement”. It is nothing more than a scheme to rob you of your individuality and capitalise the gain they acquire from such treachery. If you believe this, not only are you incredibly foolish, but you are a BAD ARTIST. Individuality is modernity’s most interesting trait regarding artwork and so so many talented individuals realize this. You do not have to become something else to be successful. Not only is it not too late for them to redefine themselves now, it was never too late.
What that article felt like was: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, still shame on you.”
My personal creed? “Fool me once, you’ll forever regret that decision.
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