Has Miley Cyrus Gone Too Far?

Laura M. Holson at The New York Times recently wrote about how some of Miley Cyrus’s young fans are disenchanted by the young star and her new sexy persona. Some of the young girls who once worshipped Miley have moved on to new idols such as singer Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez from “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and Miranda Cosgrove, the star of iCarly.

In June, when Miley released her first “post-adolescent athem”  ”Can’t Be Tamed,” the sexy video that accompanied the album’s release sent a clear message that she didn’t want to be seen as Hannah Montana anymore.

“It was weird,” 11-year-old Perry Hamm, a once adoring Hannah Montana fan, said of Ms. Cyrus’s sexy outfit, which included black ribbon corset. “I feel like she acts 25. She looks so old. She is too old for herself.”

First-week album sales sagged at  102,389, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 72 percent less than her 2008 solo debut, “Breakout,” and 33 percent less than last year’s “Time of Our Lives,” both of which sold big among the teen and tween set.

A recent online survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research, a brand research firm, found that only percent of 13 to 17 like Miley Cyrus “a lot,” compared with 45 percent just two years ago.

How do we tell our kids that their formerly favorite kid stars, including Cyrus and to a greater extent, Lindsay Lohan, are involved in some very adult behavior?

Last year, Miley raised eyebrows when she pole danced at the Teen Choice Awards and TMZ recently posted a video of Miley, 16 at the time, giving a lap dance to a 44-year-old film director.

Erin at Famecrawler says it’s time that mothers got over the fact that little Miley is growing up. “The notion that Miley Cyrus owes it to us, forevermore, to remain frozen in time as a symbol of purity is hogwash,” writes Erin, who notes that Cyrus will turn 18 this fall. “If she were a normal teenager, she might be heading off to college, where chances are she might don a few short skirts and engage in a little dirty dancing in a fraternity basement or two.”

Maybe so in theory, but Miley is not a normal teenager and when she does “a little dirty dancing,” it’s all over the Internet. Also, for the record, I don’t think many normal teenage girls give 44-year-old men lap dances. But maybe that’s just me being old-fashioned.

Some parents are using Miley’s transition to adulthood as a teachable moment for their daughters. One member of TwitterMoms recently posted about her daughter saying, “It’s my job as a parent to explain to her why Miley is changing and to point out she is a performer, an actress and singer.”

For its part, Disney says that teenagers are able to be differentiate between Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana. Maybe teenagers can, but what about my young daughters? Girls are already sexualized at too young an age. I’d hate for my daughters to think they’ve got to dress in a seductive manner in order to be successful.

I understand that Miley is eager to separate herself from her onscreen doppelganger. But can’t she at least wait until Hannah Montana is off the air?

What do you think? Has Miley gone too far this time?

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