Do you think Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” tour might be a fun night out for the whole family? If so, you may want to reconsider. Tons of parents are not just upset by her onstage antics, but are actually calling for organizers to cancel the rest of the tour.
Australia’s The Fix spoke to a source that stated:
“Miley’s management have been flooded with complaints, mainly from parents, since her tour began last week in Canada with calls for the entire tour to be axed. Her team, including management, record label execs and the entire tour staff including the director, costume department and choreographers – have been called for an emergency meeting as arenas across the US threaten to pull out of the show.”
But here’s the funny part: right before her world tour started, Miley made the declaration that her tour is “educational for kids.” Yes. Seriously. I am not kidding. Methinks she might have been smoking too much of the leafy green products that are featured on her costumes.
“Even though parents probably won’t think this, I think my show is educational for kids,” Cyrus said in the interview. “They’re going to be exposed to art most people don’t know about. People are taught to look at things so black and white, especially in small towns. I’m excited to take this tour to places where [art] like this wouldn’t be accepted, where kids wouldn’t learn about this different kind of art.”
Miley is using the term “educational” way too loosely; there are dozens, no HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of experiences that would be more educational for our kids than a Miley Cyrus concert.
So why are parents enraged in the first place? If she was some random new artist, certainly there wouldn’t be such an uproar — but parents are feeling betrayed. Miley Cyrus has gone through so many changes during her career (which is saying a lot since she is only 21), but this new incarnation the raunchy, risqué, twerking, tongue-wagging Miley Cyrus of today is not just a departure from her Disney days but is so completely different than the Miley of yore.
The Hannah Montana era Miley was age-appropriate for children, and therefore an icon to little girls everywhere. But with this newfangled Miley, parents are praying that their kids don’t idolize her, and some are doing their best to raise their children in a Miley-free zone.
My own 8-year-old daughter is a lukewarm Miley Cyrus fan. When I asked her what she thought of Miley she said, “Eh, she’s okay I guess.” She and her friends do know most of the lyrics to “Party in the U.S.A.” and I’ve caught her humming “Cannonball,” but thankfully she’s not as familiar with “We Can’t Stop” (which is good since it features lyrics like “everyone in line in the bathroom, trying to get a line in the bathroom”), and no, she has never seen Miley twerk.
So this made me wonder, are kids even listening to Miley Cyrus these days? I went to Facebook and asked fellow parents if any of their kids were Miley fans. 80% said no with one adding, “Mine don’t even know who she is. On purpose.” Another said “Nope,” but added, “She does love the LEGO song, though.” Another said, “My 11 year old twin boys make me change the radio if her songs come one because they say she is ‘gross’. One of my 11 year old sons goes as far to say ‘Her music is good – but she acts so weird.’“
It seems like Miley is desperate to crossover from tween icon to adult star, and from the looks of this she has achieved that. She should just not claim that her concerts are “educational,” and maybe cut down on the twerking and the tongue wagging while she’s at it.
Do your kids listen to Miley? And if so, would you allow them to see her in concert?
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