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Does Miley Cyrus Lap Dance Video Make Her a Bad Role Model?

The internet is on fire today with a video in which teen queen Miley Cyrus is caught busting a few sexy dance moves at a wrap party last summer, including her grinding with a guy while he is seated at the bar, which some people are calling a lap dance. The guy in question is 44-year-old director Adam Shankman, Miley was 16 at the time the footage was shot, and parents of young girls around the country are now wondering if they should take all those Hannah Montana posters out of their kids bedrooms and torch them in a bonfire in the backyard.

My kids are still in diapers, so this is a little out of my wheelhouse. But the notion that any expression of sexuality on the part of a teenage girl should be roundly condemned is completely offensive. In fact, Miley Cyrus isn’t doing anything here that is all that surprising. Was anyone actually under the impression that Miley only took part in line dances, or old school waltzes, taking care to leave a respectable distance between herself and her partner? Check out the video for yourself after the jump.

There’s no indication that Miley is drunk or stoned in this video. She isn’t stripping off her clothes in the back room of a pool hall. And the guy she’s dancing with is a friend, who, as a point of fact, happens to be gay. So there was little chance that her grinding was going to be taken as a come-on. In short, she’s at a wrap party for a movie project, she’s surrounded by her peers and co-workers, and she’s cutting a little bit loose. So what? How does that spell doom for our daughters?

But like I said, that’s my take, and my kids only have eyes for Elmo, so I haven’t had to deal with this in practice yet. Do you see it differently? Has Miley Cyrus gone the way of Britney Spears and become a little toxic?

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