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Overreacting to Miley Cyrus

Will and I finally watched a YouTube video of the Miley Cyrus VMA performance.


Here’s the thing – other than her weird licking/tongue fetish, it was no more provocative than Britney Spears with her big snake, Madonna french kissing Britney Spears and Christina Auguilera, or about a million other overly sexualized performances by female popstars at the VMAs.  The teddy bears were weird (is this a furry thing?), her having her tongue hanging out of her mouth was weird, and who ever invented the word “twerking” needs to die a slow, horrible death, but otherwise, I couldn’t find anything to get too fired up about.  The said, don’t even get me started on rap stars and their stripper-esque dancers that populate the VMA stage without anyone making a comment.  Males surrounded by almost naked women gyrating?  Totally fine!  A girl-star being the naked gyrator?  Burn her at the stake!!

Seriously, have we nothing better to do with our time?  Aren’t there real problems?  (I know, I know, I’ve fallen into it too, I am blogging about it instead of blogging about how many children don’t have access to clean and potable water, let alone food….)

Once upon a time, Miley Cyrus was a child and now she is an adult, but since we remember that she was a child once upon a time not too long ago, there must be outrage at the way she is using sex to make herself feel like and look like an adult.

Honestly, much like with Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, I just don’t care.  The fact that so many people are pissed off and up in arms about it mystifies me.  The number of child stars that have healthy and happy adulthoods is astonishingly low (we love you, Jodi Foster, for giving us hope) – why are we feigning surprise?  If Miley Cyrus ends up in and out of rehab, are we really going to be claim we never saw it coming?  Overexposure at an early age comes with a hefty price tag.  Nothing in life is free.

I also watched her video for the song “Wrecking Ball” and again, other than her licking things inappropriately (sorry, I am just too much of a blue collar woman to think that licking tools like a sledgehammer can possibly be sexy – I know where most sledgehammers have been, and eww, gross) I found nothing about it that was worth all of the talk and outrage.  It was actually a pretty good little pop song and I felt like she put a lot of emotion into it.

I find this faux outrage to be on a similar level to people who hate the “Twilight” series, people who hate Justin Bieber, and people who hate any other weird ass fad that young women or the general public like or relate to.  When people hate something with so much vehemence and outrage, I start to wonder what is wrong with them, not with the object of their outrage.  Take a chill pill already and pay attention to something fun.

Here is my overall point – I would never have wasted my time watching Cyrus on the VMA’s but after a while, I was curious as to what all of the fuss was about.  I never would have bothered looking up the video “Wrecking Ball” but I was told it was so scandalously horrifying that I wanted to see what the hubbub was about.

Would I have made any of the choices that Cyrus has made?  Hell if I know – I don’t have handlers, managers, choreographers, song writers, directors, publicists and who knows what else telling me what to do or how to do it.  She does.  And hey, they might be right – any press is good press.  Miley Cyrus got attention from two middle aged people this week (one of whom actually liked a song of hers) simply because we were told it was shameful and scandalous – if people hadn’t made such a huge deal, we wouldn’t have wasted time on it.  By the way, it wasn’t that shameful or scandalous to me.

I mean, please.  I was more shocked when my friend Mary told me one of her songs has lyrics in it about doing cocaine than I was with either of the above performances.

I was raised on Madonna and singing “Like a Virgin” before I was 10 years old.  Madonna was scandalous, but Madonna is/was in charge of her own scandals.  Madonna has agency.

Miley Cyrus is just a reflection of the over sexualized music industry and what it does to its female pop stars.  If you want to be outraged, be outraged at that.

This probably got lost in the shuffle, but Miley Cyrus has a pretty decent voice, too.


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