In a year that’s seen Miley Cyrus go toe-to-toe with Sinead O’Connor and Amanda Bynes spar with just about everyone, it looks like we may have our next weird celebrity feud involving former child stars on our hands.
Following Joe Jonas‘ impressively candid interview with Vulture, in which the former Disney star took the Mouse House to task for stifling he and his brothers’ artistic creativity during their tenure with the company, fellow Disney alum Dylan Sprouse has spoken out and slammed Jonas’ claims.
“I think it’s bulls*** that they were being robbed of choice or creativity,” Sprouse, who co-starred alongside twin brother Cole Sprouse in both “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” and “The Suite Life on Deck” from 2005-2011, wrote on Tumblr. “If they wanted to, 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 capitalize the gain they acquire from such treachery,” Sprouse continues. “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,” he adds “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.'”
As of press time, Jonas has yet to fire back at Sprouse, but it feels as if it’s only a matter of when, not if.
Who’s the loser in this new celebrity spat? Certainly, us, the unassuming public, right?