American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks promotes purity


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — During Sept. 7's MTV Video Music Awards, host Russell Brand made fun of young stars, like the Jonas Brothers, for wearing promise rings as a pledge to remain sexually abstinent until marriage.  

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, who also has taken a purity pledge, came to their defense while on stage.  

"It's not bad to wear a promise ring because not everyone—guy or girl—wants to be a slut," she said to the packed auditorium.  

Bob Smithhouser, editor of PluggedIn magazine, which covers pop culture from a Christian perspective, applauded Sparks' courage.

"When was the last time someone in entertainment spontaneously stood up for purity and said, 'It's OK to respect yourself; it's OK to wait. It's OK to make sex an exclusive gift for the person you are going to marry?'" he asked. "What Jordin was doing was giving kids permission to do the right thing. When someone in the entertainment industry counters the message of their peers the way Jordin Sparks did, that is meaningful to a teenager in a way that someone like you or I can perhaps never get through to them."