New R rated comedy-drama starring Ashley Benson has caused a stir due to the actress appearing on the cover of Seventeen magazine aimed at adolescent girls.
Ashley Benson is co-starring in a new movie alongside Selena Gomez and James Franco called Spring Breakers. It's a raunchy comedy-drama filled with sex and drugs, including a threesome scene between the characters played by Benson, Gomez and Franco. With such salacious material as the focus of the film why is she promoting it in teen magazine 'Seventeen' which is predominantly aimed at those aged 12 and upwards? That is the question being asked by some people.
Speaking to Fox411 body image expert Sarah Maria said: "It is not just inappropriate for Benson to be on the cover of Seventeen, it is ludicrous. The girls reading Seventeen are 13 and 14 years old, and they are learning about an actress whose most recent film includes a threesome sex scene? That is awful."
"We all came from a Disney background, and this was different from anything we've done. But we wanted to prove that we're not just girls who play happy parts," Benson explained in her interview with the magazine according to the Daily Mail. "It was such a crazy experience and it was character-building. I'm so proud of all of us. I'm really, really excited for everybody to see it."
Of course, however, being rated R unless the readers of Seventeen have very liberal parents its unlikely many of that demographic will be seeing it for a long time. Unaware of this initial criticism she also spoke about where she wants her acting to take her. "I love Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman-those are the careers I want," she says. "My goal is to win an Oscar, and I'm going to take the steps to get there."