Hurricane Miley: encroaching disaster
By Ione Friess
November 5, 2013
Filed under Guest Viewpoints
It’s not even the season for them, but that’s just her style. Miley Cyrus is one of the worst transitions from fame to flop yet, and possibly one of the fastest.
Let’s begin by naming some of the mistakes this Disney actress/singer has made. First, the Vanity Fair of 2008: Miley posed topless with only a white sheet
covering her body.
Miley said the pictures were “supposed to be artistic,” but after seeing them and reading the content of the story written, she felt “embarrassed.” Well, clearly you weren’t thinking before acting.
Our second scandal, just later that same year, involves private photos meant for Nick Jonas, who she was dating at the time. The pictures were leaked from her email when it was, unfortunately, hacked. Immediately, I began to question any intentions behind her “artistic” ideas.
The third event, which occurred in 2009, was less intense and also involved photos. The problematic pictures were of Miley and her friends making “Asian eyes” and being culturally insensitive. Miley said that they were simply making silly faces, and I agree.
This is one of the few things that the media can blow way out of proportion. Children make funny faces all the time, and that is all that Miley was doing: being a silly child, making stupid faces.
Fourth in line, we have the Teen Choice Awards (still in 2009), during which Miss Cyrus showed of her 16-year-old, underage physique by swinging it around a pole. How classy, right? I can understand wanting to pursue other types of acting areas, but that is not the way to go about breaking away from Hannah Montana.
It was around this time that Miley was confronted and asked about these erratic behaviors and responded by saying, “It sucks to publicly embarrass myself.” Really? Well, people make mistakes, but fame comes with extra baggage, especially when it comes to the youth of the country (and possibly the world) looking up to you.
However, she acknowledged this in the same interview with Natalie Morales. Her response was a bit unnerving, and slightly disturbing, considering everything that has followed since that time.
“I get to go through that and I get to learn. It’s hard sometimes to smile about it, because half the time, yeah, it does suck to have to go through that. But also it makes you want to try harder the next time when I know that little girls look at me and say I’m their hero,” said Cyrus.
That’s great, however, did you really learn anything?
Following that interview, in 2010, Miley was caught smoking Salvia from a bong. I’d say that’s a debatable sign of progress, although she did say it was “a bad decision.” Then in 2011, Miley labeled herself as a “stoner.” Brilliant work! Either stop lying, or get your story straight, please.
In 2012, Miley chopped off all her hair and bleached it in blonde. Most say it’s “new” and “liberating,” when in reality it’s just a cheap knock-off of Pink.
That same year, the “We Can’t Stop” music video showed Miley’s true colors with drugs, provocative dancing and sexual displays in a bed.
She decides to top it all off at the VMAs by stripping, “twerking” and objectifying her dancers. But that’s not all. Miley also fondled herself before gyrating against Robin Thicke. Drake couldn’t even watch, and Rihanna, plus the guys from One Direction, could only stare blankly in horror and disbelief.
I believe the “try harder next time” was not meant in a redeeming way. Instead, Miley seeks to knock the bar down to the lowest standard. She also couldn’t care less about the millions of young children who she affects through her Disney fandom.
What do we have to look forward to? Well, as the Borgore Concert showed, Miley is continuing to pursue her desire to be a stripper/pole-dancer, and her “Wrecking Ball” video proved that her idea of artistic has remained unchanged. We can look forward to Miley Cyrus not getting better anytime soon.
Regardless of wanting to be viewed as Miley Cyrus, and not a Disney star, she needs to accept the fact that she began as Hannah Montana and was given the responsibility of guiding millions of impressionable children toward the right track.
Instead, Miley has taken the destructive approach, and I can only hope that the two young girls I watched grow up worshipping Miley aren’t “twerking,” stripping or doing drugs while they take pictures of their underage bodies.
Miley Cyrus has not set any standards other than the lowest common denominator.