I am not nor have I ever been a fan of Miley Cyrus. I’m sorry, but I don’t find her talented. The inexplicably popular Hannah Montana makes me want to gouge my eyes out. But I’m not 14 and neither is anyone I am directly responsible for, so it didn’t really matter. But now, she’s upped the ante from just bringing her awfulness to my TV screen and apparently launched a campaign to be the Worst Role Model for Children she can possibly be.
There was her lap-dance, the dancing on stripper poles, provocative MySpace photos, tiny outfits at concerts, etc, etc, all setting an example for thousands of impressionable teens. Miley’s father, Billy Ray, perhaps having dollar signs in his eyes so large as to blind him, has approved of his daughters behavior with a shoulder shrug of “it’s what kids her age do.”
Well Billy Ray, they also have unwanted pregnancies, huff/snort/inhale drugs in basements and at clubs they’ve entered with their fake IDs, download illegal materials and just get into whatever general trouble the cools kids are up to these days. That’s why they need this thing called rules. Guidance also helps.
I don’t mean to be harsh, I just want to be helpful.
The seventeen year olds latest antic? Wearing sky-high black boots, ripped fishnets and faux making out with a women in a highly-sexualized performance of her “song” I Can’t Be Tamed on Britain’s Got Talent in a move reminiscent of Britney Spears’ Madonna make-out during the 2003 MTV Awards.
That’s not the only thing Miley has in common with Britney. Both pop tarts started out on the Disney Channel. Miley on Hannah Montana and Britney on The Mickey Mouse Club. When Britney got older and wanted to give a more grown up image, she went the same path that Miley is heading down, donning risque outfits and doing racy numbers.
Could it only be a few more years until we see Miley with a shaved head, flashing her no-no parts to paparazzi and losing custody of children she has with a back-up dancer?
I certainly hope not. Billy Ray or her management team should tone it down. Everyone gets it at this point: Miley Cyrus, in the words of Britney, is not a girl, not yet a woman. She is however a role model and should behave like one by proving her maturity through behavior that will empower young women instead of making them feel that in order to be an adult, be beautiful, or be cool and accepted, they have to objectify themselves sexually.