The young 21-year-old Nickelodeon star has had a pretty amazing career for such a young actress. Not only has she been given the opportunity to shine on the network’s popular series iCarly – which earned her a 2009 Teen Choice Award nomination – she was tapped to reprise her role of Sam Puckett in the mega hit spin-off series Sam and Cat. Unfortunately, things have come to a halt recently, with her infamous nude selfies being leaked online. Since that time, roughly a month ago, the rumor mill has been spinning out of control with hints of Sam and Cat being canceled and speculation regarding the young starlet’s character (not the one she plays on TV). Now, the latest news comes after Jennette McCurdy’s “no-show”at this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards, with an angry tweet that seems to imply a feud with Nickelodeon.
Sam Puckett is not the only character McCurdy can play. She has had a plethora of other roles in her short, yet amazing, career. Prior to her current work, McCurdy began appearing on TV shows when she was only 8-years-old. She’s had stints on MADtv, Malcolm in the Middle, Will and Grace, and Law and Order SVU, and many others. In 2005 she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in Lifetime’s Strong Medicine. Then in 2008, she was nominated twice for a Young Artist Award, both for her role in iCarly and her performance in TV movie The Last Day of Summer. Aside from McCurdy’s acting, she has also managed to have a singing career, which doubled as a philanthropic outlet, donating a percentage of her proceeds to the Cody Waters Foundation. This was in honor of her friend that passed from brain cancer. All this, by the way, is aside from a short film she made about her own mother’s struggle with cancer. Debra McCurdy passed in 2013.
Amidst all these great career opportunities, accolades, and selfless acts, McCurdy has had to undoubtedly grow up the spotlight. As with any teenager or young adult, along with growing come hard life lessons. Perhaps one of the lessons for McCurdy, came with the nude selfies she recently took. While there may be nothing wrong with showing off, the ‘leaked’ photos have not necessarily made things easier for the young actress. It is still not clear exactly how the photos were leaked. However, there had been rumors the pics were exposed by former NBA boyfriend, Andre Drummond. He has since vehemently denied the allegations. Nevertheless, the photos, which reveal McCurdy in lingerie, have now been linked to a possible cancellation of her Nickelodeon series Sam and Cat, which has not yet been renewed for a second season. After refusing to attend the recent Kids’ Choice Awards, Jennette McCurdy took to the Internet, angrily tweeting: “I chose not to go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me… It has to do with how Nickelodeon treated me.”
While the post is somewhat vague, neither referencing why she is upset with Nickelodeon or what she is “sticking up for,” the rumors are pretty consistent across the board. The main speculation being that Nickelodeon has canceled Sam and Cat, due to the leaked photos, and McCurdy is unhappy with the outcome. However, McCurdy herself, has denied her recent tweets were in reference to the racy pictures, and Nickelodeon themselves have denied any feud over the incident. So, really, what is McCurdy tweeting about, after all? Well, perhaps, fans will find out soon enough. One thing is certain – Jennette McCurdy’s angry tweets towards Nickelodeon certainly have the public entertained.
Opinion by Josh Taub