I’ve thought about Miley’s twerk-fest on the VMAs from every angle except one: Imagine what it would have been like to watch the show as her father.
That is a tough one. To watch it, and also to watch the reaction to it and hear folks talk about your daughter as if she single-handedly crushed every tween’s sense of themselves, as if she is mentally unwell, or as if she were literally the devil incarnate — if the devil wore a flesh-toned plastic bikini and stuck her tongue out a lot, that is.
Add to all that the fact that Billy Ray Cyrus is on the advisory board of the Parents Television Council, which has condemned MTV for the show’s provocative content and Miley in particular.
“MTV continues to sexually exploit young women by promoting acts that incorporate ‘twerking’ in a nude-colored bikini. How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14 year olds?” the PTC statement said.
But when Entertainment Tonight asked Billy Ray for his take, I thought he played it perfectly.
Instead of defending Miley’s lack of clothes or aggressively provocative dancing, he said simply, “She’s still my little girl, and I’m still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.”
It’s beautiful in a way, isn’t it? Let’s think about the year she’s had: Her parents are heading to divorce for the second time. They called it off a month ago — for now. She called off her engagement to Liam Hemsworth amid cheating rumors. We know child stars grow up under the controlling glare of the biz — hello, Lindsay Lohan! — and rebellion of some sort, is inevitable.
I’m not defending her performance; I’m just saying she could probably use a dad who is in her corner. And Billy Ray did the right thing by proving that he is.
“Of course I’ll be there for Miley,” he added. “Can’t wait to see her when she gets home.”
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