I couldn’t help but hear about the uproar caused by Miley Cyrus’s performance of We Can’t Stop at the VMA awards. It was all over the news and the internet. I’m not a fan but whenever a performer causes this much of a stir, it’s time to check them out. So I hopped on the YouTubes to check it out for myself. Frankly, I don’t know what all the hubbub is about. Sure there were a few suggestive sexual elements and some bleeped out veiled drug references. So. Music has been doing this since the dawn of Rock and Role. Big deal. This is just another loop in the cycle.
The only difference is people that used to be young are older, have children and think she’s setting a bad example but Miley’s not responsible for you or your children’s well being. She’s not bound by any of our self imposed moral codes. She’s responsible for selling albums. She’s a corporation, employing people. She’s a job creator.
to the pundits, news anchors and parents that are up in arms over what this performer did. Let me point out a few things.
One, she’s 20 years old, an adult, and as her song says, as an adult, ..”she can say what she wants to”.. If parents are under the assumption that having their children exposed to this sort of “scandalous” performance is in some way going to corrupt their precious little angels then here’s a reality check. If it only takes music, movies, books or video games to lead your children away from how you feel they should interact with the world, than obviously your lessons, your values and your morals are not sinking in. Let me share a secret with you we’re all exposed to far more extreme examples of Miley’s behavior every day, your children included. If reasoning and explaining your belief system, to your kids fails you can always try to guilt them into submission. But young people are going to do what they want. All youth reject what their elders stand for when they start to think for themselves. It’s a good thing “… she can do what she wants to…” and you can too.
Two, Miley has given you a gift. She has placed herself in the path of all your self righteous indignation and in doing so has given you the gift of looking down your long noses at her. Why is this a gift? because in doing so it has relieved you of the burden, for a short time, of having to face real world problems. You know, like the millions of people, children included, living in America forced to subsist on next to nothing or the growing disparity between wealthy and poor or the apathy we have in electing qualified people to represent us in our government but I guess it all about priorities, you can all feel good about yourselves and hold you heads high in moral superiority. At least you’d never do what Miley did. Now doesn’t that feel good? How kind of her, you should give thanks.
Three, I’ve heard people call Miley a whore in training, a skank or slut, out of control on the way to ruin…blah, blah, blah. Clearly and here’s the crux of the situation, some people have a problem separating Miley from Hannah Montana. These people partially live in that saccharine sweet, parallel world created for them and their children by entertainment corporations hell bent on glueing your eyes to the “Tube” in order generate ad revenue. God forbid anyone tarnish the unreality of the television experience.
I think the thing that bothers me the most is the rampant hypocrisy. Those of us who’ve lived through the experience of our twenties and are up in arms over Miley, seem to have forgotten what it was like to be 20. You have the whole world in front of you and for the first time you truly believe you can do what you want to. So you try things, lots of things, some not to smart things and you learn not memorize what someone else told you about something or live vicariously through others. You live your life. If you’ve never been in trouble when you were younger or pushed the envelope you qualify as sheep in my opinion and while you can express your opinion you don’t have the life experience to make a substantive contribution. I would like to hear what she has learned in fifteen or twenty years, if she makes it that long.
Lastly, Miley did everything she was supposed to. She entertained, shocked, drew attention to her work and ultimately will sell albums. You will remember her, the song and the performance …”its her party”…You can bet this will be talked about next year at the VMA awards. “I wonder what Miley will do this year… Do you remember last year, OMG!”