Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Program Name/Specialization

Media, Technology, and Culture


Faculty of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Andrew Welsh

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Fleming

Advisor Role

Committee Member


The mass media expanded intrusion of cameras into the public and private lives of celebrities has contributed to the public's fascination with Hollywood celebrities. Specifically, this cultural obsession has been increasingly centered on female celebrity's increased deviancy and criminal behaviours. Although numerous studies have been completed discussing the cultural fixation of Hollywood celebrity culture and the audience’s attachment to these celebrities, few have provided insight into the media construction of cultural narratives surrounding Disney celebrities. To fill the gap in the literature, I will assess how female celebrity deviance and sexuality is constructed in the media by examining the media portrayal of three Disney celebrities Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and Selena Gomez as either victims or villains (Loseke, 2003). Using Charmaz (2006) constructivist grounded theory approach, I will analyze how the media has constructed social boundaries outlining the appropriate / inappropriate behaviours of women.

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