Enough is enough already, folks. Can we all just stop pretending to be outraged by Miley Cyrus. Please, internet? Pretty please.
For those of you unfamiliar with what’s going on, let me bring you up to speed. On August 25, 2013, approximately 2/3 weeks ago, Miley Cyrus had one of the most horrendous performances ever televised (see video below). Basically, she attempts to twerk, smacks booties, sticks out her tongue out a lot, gets really friendly with a foam finger, and rubs herself against Robin Thicke’s junk.
Of course the internet EXPLODED with
fake outrage over her performance. But the fun didn’t stop there ladies and gentlemen. In other Miley related news since the VMAs (in no apparent order), she’s releasing a song with Justin Bieber called “Twerk”, lost her chance to be on the cover of Vogue, released a “raunchy” music video (see below), and is on the verge of breaking up with her boyfriend/fiance Liam Hemsworth. Oh, she also preformed on stage with dwarfs in Germany. In other words, the girl is continuing to live her life (and make her millions).
The million dollar question is why can’t we? When will it end????
I’ll admit, until I wrote this post, I didn’t watch all of Miley’s performance. I HATE the song she was performing and in the few, cringe worthy minutes I did watch, I knew it was something I wasn’t going to be into. So I CHANGED THE CHANNEL and laughed at all the memes later. I also talked about it for five minutes with my best friend over Chinese food. And then I moved on. I can’t be the ONLY one who did the same.
So let’s discuss for a moment why we’re all sooooo outraged about this whole thing for a moment, shall we?
She’s being objectified and overly sexualized! Of course she’s being objectified! She’s a woman! I’m not saying it’s right, but let’s face it. Women are objectified all the time and will be objectified until the day we die. Does it suck? YES! Do we like being objectified? NO! But that’s how the world currently works. Can we be outraged about that and work to start making changes society, are we just going to complain and acknowledge it when it’s on national television?
As far as being overly sexualized, this is what she’s been groomed to be. She is not the first pop star to be this way and she won’t be the last. Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and SEVERAL others parade around in barely there outfits. This is no different. Again, are we just going to be outraged when it happens on national television or…oh wait no we’re not. Women shown as sexual objects boosts ratings. Forgot.
Miley twerking. I wouldn’t call what Miley did “twerking” but for argument’s sake, let’s just say that’s what it was. Guess what? Twerking is nothing new. This type of dancing is what’s done by teenagers, young adults and unfortunately children. Is it okay for kids to do? Hell no! But this is where PARENTS are supposed to come in and talk to their kids about it.
Furthermore, why aren’t people yelling at Robin Thicke about all this?! He was in on it! He agreed to let her grind against his junk. It was his
rapey creepy song they were dancing to. and Oh wait, I forgot. He’s a man so it’s okay for him to escape ridicule and punishment for participating in this mess. Got it.
She’s a role model! Young girls look up to her! Although lots of young women may look up to Miley Cyrus, it is the parents responsibility to raise their children. Granted, parents can’t monitor their children 24/7. Plus, if your child really wants to do or watch something, they will find a way to do it or see it behind your back. But parents need to talk to their kids. They need to find out who their heroes are and when something like this happens, explain to them that this type of behavior is not okay. Speaking of things not okay…
There were children watching! Why were younger children watching the VMAs? Why are children watching MTV anyway when it all it does is play episodes of 16 and Pregnant all day? I know that parents can’t watch their kids 24/7 and that kids can be sneaky. However, that’s where talking to them comes into play.
She’s too young to be acting like that! Miley Cyrus is 20 years old. She’ll be 21 in November. This is the way some young adults act, especially when there’s a lack of boundaries. Maybe it’s a phase and she’ll grow out of it.
I am in no way, shape or form excusing or condoning Miley’s behavior or her performance. I thought it was crass and raunchy for the sake of being raunchy. However, there are far bigger things to be outraged about here. Can we talk about the degradation of artist expression and what passes for music now days? Can we talk about cultural appropriation? Or the complete disregard and disrespect Miley showed to her dancers? No? Okay, then.
Here’s really why we’re outraged. Miley grew up in the public light. We watched her grow up before our eyes and now she’s trying to show the world she’s an adult. In other words, we’ve got a teenage rebellion on our hands and we can’t handle it. In addition to this, the kids who watched her on TV during her Hannah Montana days are becoming teenagers. We’re afraid they’ll see this and start
acting ridiculous rebelling too.
I have heart breaking news. If the world thinks Miley Cyrus is the cause of society crumbling and shiftless, reckless, raunchy young adults, then we’re in more trouble than I thought.