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Monday, October 09, 2006

'Whale Rider' and Mark Foley

I know that Mark Foley is the one to hate these days, but is what he did really that bad? Yes, he sent steamy stupid emails and IM's to teens, but is that a crime? The teen he sent the most infamous IM's to was 16 at the time, which is the age of consent in most US states. So a 16 year-old can legally marry and engage in all sorts of sexual relationships but is viewed as child and victim if he receives tawdry email?

I am much more troubled by the fact that the Whale Rider star is pregnant at the age of 16.
Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes , 16, and 19-year-old boyfriend Bradley Hull are expecting a baby in the spring. Castle-Hughes debuted at 12 as the star of 2002's "Whale Rider," a role that so impressed critics that she became the youngest person ever nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Early that year she began dating Hull, whom she met while attending high school in Australia. The couple will continue to live in New Zealand.