TV Tropes Tuesday: TV Tropes: Contractual Purity

Contractual Purity is when child and teenage performers are expected to do things that are child-friendly, clean, and wholesome.  Failing to do that may lead to controversy.  If child star does something like drinking or wearing revealing clothing, even if they are adults, controversy will often erupt, and they may be accused of being bad role models.  Many former child stars are often expected to do child-friendly movies and TV shows as they grow up; there may be a backlash if he or she tries to branch into more adult and mature; they could, again, be seen as betraying their audience.



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