Emma Stone was a pampered child, not a dropout success story

We'd never heard of Emma Stone before today, but apparently she's something of a big deal. After all, next month she's appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair, joining such VF cover girl luminaries as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton. 

In the accompanying interview, Stone argues that staying in school isn't all its cracked up to be.

“I did Superbad in what would’ve been my senior year,” Stone says about dropping out of high school to pursue an acting career. “I was playing a senior, and had I graduated I would’ve missed that opportunity, and had I missed that opportunity I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Since Stone has apparently not made the distinction for Vanity Fair's readers (and perhaps she doesn't realize herself) we feel obliged to make something clear: The young actress had a few advantages in life that most dropouts don't have.

Namely:

• Parents who home-schooled their daughter for two years so that she could focus on participation in a youth theater program.

• Parents with the means to send their daughter to a $15,000-a-year private prep school — and then abandon their investment when their daughter decided she wanted to be a movie star.  

• A mother who moved with her daughter to Hollywood — where she continued to home school her daughter at night so that young Ms. Stone could audition during the day.

Look, we don't have anything against celebrities sharing their stories. We only ask that, when those stories include a tale of dropping out, it be colored with the appropriate context. In this case: Stone was a pampered child whose parents could afford to let her take the "risk" of dropping out of an expensive private school, because it wasn't really a risk at all.

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