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Your Opinions on Miley Cyrus Are Necessary to My Personal Wellbeing

By Courtney Enlow | Celebrities Are Better than You | September 11, 2013 | Comments ()


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So, I have a problem. I am having trouble having an opinion on Miley Cyrus. Understandably, this is unacceptable. After her video for “Wrecking Ball” broke records yesterday, opinions were like assholes and everyone had an opinion on Miley’s asshole. Except me. I’m broken. I feel impotent and out of control, which I really hate.

A lot of people are calling her “gross.” Like, using the word gross. Which I think is pretty gross. I don’t think I like that. A lot of people think she’s desperate. That might be true. Some people are saying she’s sick and damaged. And, well, probably, she was a child star after all, but I don’t know that it is diagnosable purely from her VMA performance and video.

The closest thing to an opinion I can muster is that I do think that if the exact same “Wrecking Ball” video featured Rihanna or Pink, people would be having different reactions.

That’s it. That’s not even an opinion. I feel like that episode of Coupling where Steve’s only opinion on fabrics is that he’s “undecided about spots.” I have lots of opinions. On, like, lots of things. Things I don’t need to have opinions on. BUT I DON’T HAVE AN OPINION ON THIS. And it is clearly the biggest thing to ever happen to the world ever based purely upon public response.

So, since I don’t have one, I want yours. What do you think? Is something wrong with her? Is it not a big deal? Is she “gross?” Is she hot and awesome? Is she desperate? Is this pure management conjecture? Why do people keep bringing up Liam Hemsworth like he’s supposed to be somehow shocked by all this when he’s been with her for years would seemingly be the least shocked by all this? What do Billy Ray’s highlights think of all this? WHAT IS HAPPENING? FIX ME.

Here’s the video if you missed it. Which you didn’t. At the moment I write this, the video has more than 42 million views in under 48 hours. That’s a lot.


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  • RobynRobotron

    I really like the song and the video (I wish someone other than sleazebag Terry Richardson had made it, but we can't have everything we want). It's way better than the clusterfuck of look-how-weird-and-edgy-I-am that was "Can't Stop", not to mention that song is really boring.

    Maguita NYC has it right, Miley is coming of age and finding her voice in front of the world, all while trying to distance herself from her Hannah Montana days as much as possible. Her only problem is that she lacks finesse (and honest collaborators willing to edit) and the new video gives me high hopes that she could be on the right path.

  • stella

    Honestly, I dont get all this animosity aimed at Miley Cyrus. Honestly it seems like shes acting like a 20 year trying to figure out who she is. Are some of the things she does ridiculous and awkward? Yes, but thats par for the course. I definately made my fair share of stupid decisions and I think almost everyone has memories they look back and cringe at. The only difference is that Ms Cyrus is being watched and scrutinized by millions of people, who for some reason have collectively decided to hate her. And the weirdest thing is that, all things considered, shes kept it pretty tame. She hasnt been in a drunken hit and run, she hasnt tried to beat up any paparrazi, she hast done any stints in rahab or jail. To the best of my knowledge ( and I could be wrong, I lose track of these things) shes gotten a haircut, smoked a lot of weed, and put out some mediocre pop some and some shitty movies. Yes her vma performance sucked, but shitty performances are nothing new, and the vitrol being thrown her way, people calling a whore and garbage, that she' s gross and should have been aborted is unmerited and, quite frankly, kind of disturbing.

  • JBolivar92

    Never wanted to watch this video, not even curious....but,
    since you asked:

    Well, I'm a little surprised by this! It is both not as bad a song as I
    thought, and more ridiculous a video than I expected.

    Terry Richardson has his hand (?) all through this - his gross, freckled
    pedo... hand. I get that Miley wants to shed her image, but this she picked?

    The song isn't rough/heavy enough to warrant wrecking balls, sex-simulating
    gyrations, or mallet-licking...At least Katy Perry's songs are innuendo-loaded
    and you can kinda follow the logic of whipped cream gushing bras and
    cotton candy nudity; you can even rationalize the Snoop Dogg (Lion? I
    forget...).

    I had a friend who, when she felt left out of a conversation, would do
    handstands. Handstands, in skirts. Which promptly revealed either her latest
    racy underthings or highlight her (lack of) grooming - a breath of fresh
    air, she was. Fun date for the old office party.

    Miley reminds me of this. Trying to be risqué, dangerous! Shocking!
    and coming across as needy for attention. The harmless exhibitionist
    every family tolerates, whose potato salad is dosed with salt
    peter to keep her cooter under wraps at family gatherings. She reminds
    me of someone’s kid sister - getting more of a, "Aw, put it away, why
    don'tcha?" and everyone turns back to the TV.

  • TheEmpress

    I'm not that scandalized by the video at all except for the part when she's naked on the wrecking ball. Because, well, I've spent a lot of time working at construction sites, and I wouldn't want that kind of dust finding its way into my vagina.

  • Kat87

    Gah, this is what kills me. At every other point in the year you couldn't stop anyone from having an opinion on stupid, mindless pop kid culture with a yard of duct tape and a ball gag. Anyone over the age of 16 had a complaint about what constituted "bad music" and a whine about where all the "real artists" and "good culture" had gone.

    Now, suddenly, when mainstream has been tazered into agreeing with you by a horrifically bad and tasteless performance that pushes the edges of what even mindless, stupid, pop kid culture has been battered and numbed into finding acceptable, Suddenly the same voices who were so very vocally blasting their disapproving opinions in the face of the mainstream are COMPELLED to disagree with the mainstream even when the mainstream is now agreeing with what they've been saying all along.

    So:
    1). YES you should have an opinion about Miley Cyrus, or you should hammer this incident into your memory and determine to never complain about the quality of pop culture music again. Don't complain about women degrading themselves in music videos. Don't complain about blathering, substanceless lyrics. Don't complain about kid artists being treated like happy meal toys instead of human beings. Don't complain about the glamorization of drug culture and substance abuse, especially as it is marketed to minors through music and pop culture. Don't complain about the complete evisceration of human sexuality in modern media and it's merger with violent, degrading, and psychologically damaging imagery that is making it increasingly difficult for young people to develop realistic expectations in their relationships and to develop healthy sexual identities as individuals. By looking at this situation and closing your eyes, looking the other way, nodding approvingly, or saying you have no opinion you are forfeiting your right to say a single word about any of these issues because THIS is what Miley Cyrus's Can't Stop and Wrecking Ball videos, Blurred Lines/VMA performance, fellatio simulations on inanimate objects, "twerking" mania and molly obsessions are really about.

    2.) YES many people, women and men, have given similarly sexual (or bad) performances. But somehow America keeps collectively contracting some kind of severe amnesia, because there have also been similarly intense instances of outrage/backlash/pearl clutching. Janet Jackson had a decades-long career and Justin Timberlake was firmly established as a teen idol and they were both pariahs for a Very long time after a scandalous performance at the Super Bowl. Britney Spears' "Gimme More" fiasco was a laughingstock that gave MANY a hairy obese man popular halloween costumes. I have the photos to prove it. Someone mentioned Ashley Simpson's career ending lip sync issue on SNL, and the list goes on. When Lady Gaga runs around naked and it looks stupid she gets eviscerated. When Nikki Minaj gave that HORRENDOUS exorcism performance everyone ripped her apart and she didn't give another live performance at an awards ceremony for a very long time. I'm pretty sure she went into hiding for a while because of it. And she lost a lot of fans. There are so many more examples. Miley Cyrus is not special, or a martyr, or in any way the 'only one'. We do it all the time. It's what we do as a society, as a culture. We rip people apart when they screw up. Things like this happen OFTEN and each time the public says "WE'VE NEVER DONE THIS TO ANYONE ELSE, YOU HYPOCRITES!" Yes. We. Have.

    It's still not as bad, however, as the exact same people who have been whining about how society doesn't ever draw a line at terrible saying "Oh, now people want to draw a line? NOW people want to start listening? Why should we start drawing lines Now?" If you don't want to take what you've been asking for when it's being handed to you, then shut up and never mention it again. Ever. You've lost your privilege.

  • kirbyjay

    I have an opinion on that string of spit on her teeth, YUCK!
    That gigantor tongue generates a lot of saliva. It's probably like a tile cutting saw, you need to wet it down constantly to keep it from overheating. Do you think she sprays when she talks? Will I need a raincoat in her vicinity?

  • megaera

    I find that all I can think is that her ears really stick out, and she lays the autotune on pretty heavily.

  • As much as I never want to see this embarrassingly gratuitous barely-legal peepshow again, it might be worth the cringes to see a Literal Video version ( http://youtu.be/HTPko-aXvJM?t=... ). Fake lyrics would really set off the UTTER pointlessness of the imagery: "Wow, sledgehammer tastes pretty good / I didn't think it would / this ball's so damn cold on my crotch / they f***ing well all better watch..."

  • Max

    The creepy nature of this video belongs to the creep that is Uncle Terry.

  • Adrien

    I'd be disappointed if P!nk did that Wrecking Ball video. I couldn't imagine she'd collaborate with Uncle Terry. That's my problem with Miley's vid. It had Terry RIchardson stamp on it.

  • As of right now I don't give a single solitary fuck.

    I mean, yes, I have plenty of strong opinions on the sexualisation of young women, on the insidious nature of the entertainment and music industries, on child stars, etc. etc., But you know what, I'm getting older, and I've been just so fucking worn down by the sodden-blanket coverage of everything this poor girl's been up to in the recent weeks that - like I said - as of right now I could not give one solitary swinging fuck.

    So, now, I'm a-gonna sip my coffee, read a few comments by the people I like on here, and then I'm gonna walk on by.

  • LaineyBobainey

    Miley, STOP LICKING THINGS! That's how you get stomach ailments. And maybe syphilis? I don't how that works.

    Ok, I like the song, because OF COURSE I do. It's universally known that I have crappy taste in music. I hate her nails. White nails look dumb. Her hair looks way cute. Those panties looks super uncomfortable going up her ass like that. Her body looks slammin'. I'm glad she was wearing boots, because it IS a construction site.

    These are the only opinions I have of Miley. And again, in case it was unclear, I feel like she *really* needs to STOP the licking thing.

  • Buellie413

    I'm still super pissed that D'Angelo sang naked in the "How Does it Feel" video.

  • Eh.

    The world will be over it soon.

  • MGMcD

    I think what is causing people to get so icked out by it (or at least what causes it for me) is that none of what she is doing seems to come from a genuine place of exploration. It seems more like she is so desperate to shake Hannah Montana yet stay in the limelight that she is pulling out every "punk rock sexpot" cliche in the book. I agree that all the slutshaming being thrown around is whats gross; it's more sad that it doesn't even really seem like any of this is trying to "find herself," it's more like shock for the sake of shock, and trying desperately to live up to some idea of what is sexy vs something she actually wants to be doing.

    But hell, she's young and famous and selling a fuckload of records, so she could probably give a fuck what any of us think.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Im just old enough to sort of remember madonna and her hyper sexy stage acts, but not old enough to have had a real opinion of them, but isnt she just doing exactly what madonna did? Sans madonnas "talent" i guess. A popstars a popstar. I do like train wrecks though and this is causing them all over the place.

  • John G.

    I watched the VMA performance and the Wrecking Ball video ONLY because of all the controversy, and I just don't get it. What's the big fucking deal?

    Did this country turn into an old preacher from the south overnight? People were acting like she took off all her clothes and fucked a goat or something. She was just dancing and singing. It wasn't good, but what pop teen nonsense is?

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    My opinion on Miley Cyrus is that more people should follow Courtney's brave example of not having an opinion on Miley Cyrus.

    I had stopped paying attention to her a couple of years ago when my daughter outgrew Miley. And Miley outgrew "Hannah Montana". I was okay with that. Harmless tv show. Harmless pop songs. Time to move on to other things.

    Now because Miley did not wish to go gently into her adulthood she is seeking our attention using the tried and true methods of shock and sex. Mission accomplished. Now I feel like every time we mention her name, click on a link or comment on an internet forum (guilty as charged) we are feeding some cackling troll under a bridge somewhere. See? I just tossed him a biscuit.

    It reminds me of the time several years ago when you couldn't read an entertainment blog without tripping over pictures and articles and interviews of Megan Fox. And suddenly hating Megan Fox became some feminist issue when it really was mostly an issue of overexposure. I went to bed at night with that girl's face tattooed on my eyelids. And I never had to search for her name. She was just everywhere. Now Pajiba has TWO pics of Cyrus on the page today. (see also: Ryan Gosling. I'm sorry, I just can't with him anymore and I blame the internet)

    Ultimately what ever is going on with Cyrus has been done in some form already by other people multiple times and is JUST. NOT. THAT. SERIOUS.

    So I beg of you, Pajiba, please don't become one of those sites where there are four Miley posts, three Goslings, two Kardashians and a partridge in a pear tree?

  • bastich

    Don't worry -- you won't see the partridge here until it's either shirtless, pregnant, or twerking.

  • Wigamer

    I dunno, are there other, less predictable ways for someone to express their burgeoning sexuality? Licking things and being naked seems somewhat...boring.

  • Rondette

    I don't think anyone can ever really look sexy licking a lump hammer. That made me laugh.

    She reminds me of some kid at school who suddenly got a haircut and new wardrobe and is trying to show how edgy she is.

  • MJ

    The most offensive thing about this video (apart from the song itself), are the close-ups of the strings of spit in her mouth. I mean...COME ON!!

  • thank you. That string was all I could focus on, every time they face-zoomed. Gah.

  • Watched the video and all I could really think was, "If I wanted to watch a naked pop star sing about war, I'd watch http://youtu.be/lqmORiHNtN4 instead."

  • e jerry powell

    For once, I have absolutely no opinion whatsoever. Having an opinion would require me to car.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    You didn't even care enough to add the "e". You just 3/4 of the way through the word and quit. That's committing to your statement, my friend, and I for one salute you.

  • e jerry powell

    The middle finger of my left hand lost interest. That's how little I care.

  • Captain D

    I'm just going to go ahead and call shenanigans on the view count. Are we sure these were unique visitors or intentional playbacks? No one from Miley's camp set up an automated script to load the video about 45 million times?

  • bastich

    Or one middle-aged guy, pantsless and alone in his parents' basement? Just a guy and his computer, and a box of tissues, and my favorite lube?

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I have a hard time believing that one guy could contribute that much video traffic on one video when there are so many other options. Who am I to talk, though. I've been using the same Cathy comic strip for the last four months.

  • Uriah_Creep

    That's really sad. You have a computer, so you could find multiple Cathy strips!

  • Guest

    And here's Rihanna around the time she started. I believe she was 16-17 here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • mairimba

    And 42 million views in under 48 hours? I don't think Miley or anyone in the the Cyrus family or her management group give a decimal of a fuck about anyone's negative opinions.

  • mairimba

    While her VMAs performance was ... tasteless, I see nothing wrong with this video. Though there was no need to violate that sledgehammer with her tongue.

  • melissa82

    Exactly how I feel, the only "ick" that really went through my brain was when she licked that sledgehammer...Other than that I thought "Hmm that can't be comfortable" but it didn't bother me. I actually quite liked the first minute.

  • minxy

    I think she seems uncomfortable with her whole overt sexuality thing. She reminds me of that friend in college who thought it would be hilarious if someone took a picture of you making out, even though that has never, ever been funny.

    If she wants to explore her sexuality, she doesn't have to do it on a stage near Robin Thicke or under the watchful gaze of Terri Richardson. She should just go home and bone her hot fiance until she's got it figured out. Right now she is putting out this damaged child vibe that is incredibly disturbing. Even though she's rich and famous and it is probably an act to sell music, I just want to throw a coat over her and tell her everything will be okay.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I don't care. I have better things to do, like this termination letter.

  • placidandy

    Yeah I have an opinion. I have a GOD DAMN opinion. When El Cyrus is hanging off of that wrecking ball like a limpet stuck on a humpback's eyebrow, it's just swaying in the breeze merrily. A sphere of solid metal of that diameter would weigh as much as a truck, and the force exerted by overly-desperate ex-tween gyrations shouldn't even budge it. It's a massive special effects failure and I simply cannot enjoy the video as a result.

  • foolsage

    That's a valid perspective, too.

  • sweetfrancaise

    It's a good pop ballad with a trashy music video. HOWEVER, if the song matched the video (something more upbeat and dance-y), I'd think it more appropriate. I just think it was a bad choice for the song.

    I really don't care what Miley does. Maybe she'll grow up and be a decent pop singer without the overwhelming personal issues, and that would be nice.

  • BabyBearStrikesAgain

    I think she's doing what all the other young artists are doing in that: she's doing it to get attention...because that's, very sadly, one of the few ways to be successful these days. Talent alone ain't gonna cut it. She's a decent singer and I don't hate her music, it's enjoyable catchy pop music that I'll forget about in a year.

    My biggest problem with her is how (in the other video, not this one) she seems to be appropriating ratchet culture and using only black women as back up dancers. That just strikes me as racially insensitive.

    Otherwise, let her be naked if she wants. I wish I'd had the confidence to show off my 20 years old body when I was her age.

  • bcarter3

    Gotta give her credit for one thing: If it weren't for her, I would never have suspected that the audience for the MTV Video Awards was made up almost entirely by elderly male right-wing newspaper columnists.

  • Patty O'Green

    The video looked like a visual diary entry of someone who had been sexually abused as a child. That is not intended as a judgement in any way; the whole thing made me uncomfortable, because it made me think of hyper-sexual young adults I've known who learned early in life to communicate with others using their bodies.

    Heck, if I'm honest, I was always a flirty teen/YA who used coy advances to garner attention from males. As an adult, a boyfriend (who studied psychology) once asked if I'd been sexually abused as a kid, because "it would make sense", given some of my characteristics and responses. And my answer was, "I don't think so, but why pick at any scabs that may have formed?"

    All of the forced (and completely unnecessary to the song) sexual visuals - licking e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g in sight - felt like cries for help and attention. It actually made me sad. And then I saw "directed by Terry Richardson" and I almost broke something. How does this man have a job? How is he not in jail? Has his home ever been raided? How do we make that happen?

  • Feralhousecat

    What I see when I look at her is all the people she has made very rich over the course of her short life. I believe she was bred to play the role she's told to play. She isn't an artist, she is a performer and I think when she couldn't sell cute anymore, it was decided she should sell shock. For her, it probably feels liberating but I think behind the scenes it is all being as carefully choreographed as the Hannah Montana routine.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    She's a young woman who spent much of her childhood conforming to a particular image and is now having a little fun smashing that all to bits. She's not hurting anyone and not doing much in the way of societal damage either.

    Can safely say that my rage is firmly in rather than out.

  • I think pop stars should come up with another way to portray vulnerability than getting naked.

  • Katylalala

    She's a young woman trying to show everyone she's not Hannah Montana anymore. It's not any different from what scads of Disney Girls before her have done.

    Everyone needs to just chill the fuck out.

  • Maddy

    I watched it, the song is actually OK but the video is unintentionally hilarious. I'm not into slut-shaming people, so whatever. It's obviously working for her. And I agree that this would not be an issue if it wasn't for the child star thing - if it was Gaga or anyone else it wouldn't be nearly as 'controversial' - so that's kind of bullshit.

  • jaimejoshi

    I don't have an opinion on Miley (yet...I'm still cogitating) but I do have an opinion on the fact that you so effortlessly quoted Clueless...and that opinion is, "I love you."

  • My opinions are limited to: I'm glad she got a decent haircut. That, and sitting on a wrecking ball naked seems like it'd be pretty uncomfortable, especially if you're straddling the chain.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And cold.

  • simplysarah

    I liked the song. Didn't care one way or another about the video. I think parts of it are decent and parts are not. I think she's trying to find her niche to get people's attention and to be remembered for something other than Hannah Montana. It seems to be working. I guess. I'm pretty "eh" about her mostly.

  • Yocean

    Let's see. I think she is a voice of a self entitled little shit generation that do not appreciate or can discern how much had been sacrificed for them to have what they do. And comparison to Pink or Rihanna or Minaji or Gaga or Madonna or even Britney is a moot because those people were far better performers and had their own style. Miley got no class, ass, style or any definable professional attitude that makes me wanna tive her a chance. its all i should have this attention because, BECAUSE. Miley, like her song, is just pastiche of what she wants to be and sure you could argue she is trying to find her voice but she is doing in such an alienating manner that, well, it makes it more and more obvious she is lost. She really don't have much in her creatively and it shows. So she covers it up w sex and shock. Tactics used before, yes, but with purpose. In her case there is nothing to back it up. She is a product of reality TV and culture that dismisses professionalism and reward attention seeking antics. At least she don't seem to have any real deep issues to bring her the way of Lohan and Byrnes but im not surr if it's better being subjected to her vacant antics and claim of wildness or whatever it is she doesn't know what she want. Ugh.

  • LaineyBobainey

    I have no real opinion of the woman, but to say she has no professional attitude is insane. She's been actively working since she was a CHILD. She probably has a better work ethic than most of us who sit on here reading the internet while we're supposed to be working.

  • " Is something wrong with her? " I think there's more than one thing...

  • foolsage

    Meh. I don't like Terry Richardson's work because he's a sleaze and has a disturbing fetish for infantile sexualization, but that's really my only feeling about this. It's just a music video by an artist that doesn't much interest me; it's not important to me in any sense.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Miley decides to straddle a wrecking ball and it's art, but when I do it, I get fired from my construction job. Double standards much?

  • bastich

    Every time I see Miley Cyrus, I'm reminded of Bill Hicks and the bits he did about her dad, so I like seeing her around. Otherwise, I don't care.

    (I am still hoping to see a "Let's Hunt and Kill Billy Ray Cyrus" series developed at some point.)

  • Lisa Bee

    It seems to me like she's trying very hard to break out of that perfect, good-girl image created for her by Hannah Montanna for all those years, and I respect the fact that she is trying to make something of her own for herself. However... it all seems like a little too much. Just trying a little too hard. She just needs to pace herself a little better.
    It's sort of like when Christina Aguilera was all "Genie in a Bottle" one minute and then "Dirty" in a blink of an eye, only to slowly change over time and find out what she really wanted to do with her voice and "image" or whatever you want to call it.

  • lowercase_ryan

    As a consumer of massive amounts of pop culture bullshit, I'm having a hard time reconciling my hatred of Justin Bieber (who I honestly believe is the most entitled little piece of shit to ever walk the earth) and my wanting do defend Miley (by all rights she should be the most entitled piece of shit ever, but I don't think she is). The only thing I'm sure of is that it has nothing to do with sex, beyond that...I just don't know.

  • John W

    I did not watch VMAs. Though it seems as though I have because I cannot escape the images of her and that foam finger and her tongue. I'm also assuming that she and Thicke were the only two performers since that is all everyone is focusing on.

    My opinion is that she is the product of our times. Do or say something outrageous and the entire collective consciousness of the United States of America will turn their attention to you.

    When Madonna put out her SEX book that's all everybody seemed to focus on for several months until the next new shiny thing came along.

    When Janet Jackson bared her breast at the Superbowl that's all everyone could talk about for several months until the next new shiny thing came along.

    Paris Hilton, Tonya Harding, that idiot who testified at the OJ Simpson murder trial, Sanjaya, and so on and so on.

    My question to her would be: what is the point? Is she trying to prove she's independent? That she's wild and crazy? What is she trying to say? Does she realize that no one cares about anything that goes on at those VMAs years later?

    It's a shame that we can't harness the same level of coverage for things like reproductive rights, gun control, climate change, etc.

  • If Miley Cyrus had suddenly exploded onto the music scene at the age of 20, already an adult, and presented videos like this, it wouldn't be any big deal. She'd be just another in the long line of pop singers using sex as a tool of art (see also: Robin Thicke, Lady Gaga, Madonna, George Michael, etc.).

    What people are having a hard time with is that they watched her grow up. Their kids watched wholesome pop star Hannah Montana transform to and from wholesome kid Miley Cyrus. They laughed at her tween antics, and their kids had a decent and successful kid to look up to and admire.

    Then she grew up. And people didn't like that. Suddenly this sweet little Disney star was flaunting her feminine curves, smoking, cursing, possibly even having *gasp* S-E-X! What does this mean for THEIR kids? If sweet little Miley can grow up and twerk and rub her butt against Robin Thicke's zoot suited crotch, what's to stop THEIR kids from doing the same? Where can their young, 20-something kids look for role models in society?

    She's the representative of a generation, for good or ill, by her choice or not. Billy Ray put her into this machine, and squeezed every drop out of her he could. And fortunately for Miley, it didn't chew her up as it so often does (Lohan, I'm looking at you). It scares adults who watched her evolution, because it makes them think of their own children coming of age and making their own decisions. So no, she not "gross" or even particularly "damaged". It's just that people have a bizarre sense of ownership when it comes to her, and anything she does that subverts their squeaky clean daydreams of her makes them react with horror and anger.

    Also, this song is damn catchy.

  • dizzylucy

    I too think that's the root of it, that the world saw her as a child and now is confronted by all this whatever it is.

    Personally I'd prefer she calm the hell down and work on being a better performer rather than simply an attention getter (the clip I saw from the VMAs was embarrassing in terms of singing and dancing), but I'm hardly her target demo. The media attention on all of it is what drives me most bonkers - they all latch onto a story and don't let go until we're all ready to bash our heads into a wall.

  • PatriciaDelicia

    This was the first time I heard or viewed "Wrecking Ball". I think the song is great as is her voice. But the lickin' and keeps on tickin'? Not so much. I just hope she doesn't get lead poisoning and swallow rust!

  • sanity fair

    I was thinking, "Ew, don't do that! You'll get some godawful disease if you keep doing that!" every time she licked something.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I feel like I'm embarrassed for her - not her actions per se, but her youth. I was mouthy and did provocative things to get attention when I was 20, it's just I didn't have a global audience (thank god).
    So it's more of a case of me thinking "oooh, you're going to roll your eyes at that in a decade".

    But you know, I'm not really thrilled with the rampant sexualization of women in the music industry anyway. That's not Miley's fault, she's just following a well worn path.

  • Katylalala

    I have nothing to say in response to your words on the actual topic at hand, but goodness do I adore your username.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    And I your avatar. GGs for life!

  • Josh

    I would have a stronger opinion on her if it were not for the fact that its all for attention and money. I don't mean attention in the tragic, "look at me please!" kind of way, but in a "every look I get means more money and fame" kind of way. She is doing this for the money and the attention, and with over 42 million views, its working very well. I don't, at the moment, think she is sick in the head or just desperate for attention. I think she has found a new scheme to increase her bank account, and it will work. I think people would probably be less offended or creeped out by it if she were not as scrawny. She is very tone and fit, but she is still rather petite and small and I think people still get a child feel from her, plus the fact that Hanna Montana was not that long ago.

  • I'm proud to not be one of the 42 million...and I think I'm going to keep it that way.

  • Tom

    I'm not an informed consumer of young female pop stars and their videos so I don't know what this video looks like or any of Rihanna's. The word that came to mind for me with the Miley Cyrus VMA thing was "creepy". For some reason the entire visual creeped me out. It definitely helped that she was accompanied by the current king male creep Robin Thicke. The combination was a little too much for me. My reaction was just "no stop doing that. I don't like seeing that." Of course, that's why I don't watch any of her videos.

    Unlike people who felt the need to go farther than just "I don't like that, it's weird." I don't feel the need to judge her behavior or say anything about what it means. I didn't like seeing it and I stopped watching it. She can go ahead and keep doing what she wants and she absolutely should.

  • I don't care for Miley's music, but I think she looks gorgeous. I'm not shocked--my most prominent thought was that she was copying Nothing Compares 2 U, and that I feel sad that every female who makes a music video thinks it has to be sexual to get attention. Maybe it does, and that makes me sad too.

  • Also, this video bothered me more, because she speaks so quickly it made me think she's on something.

    http://www.mtv.com/videos/news...

  • George Tarleton

    I think that OTHER people think that she's a child trying to act like an adult and doing so badly. The problem with that idea is that she's NOT a child. She's a grown woman who's lived through the Hollywood machine and is acting accordingly. She's not "acting out," she's simply acting. This is the persona she's chosen, and whether or not you agree with it is pretty much irrelevant.

    I don't think Miley Cyrus is a slut or a whore, because I don't think that of any woman, and really no one should say that about anyone. I think she's maybe a little misguided, but I honestly think the biggest and most valid criticism of her should be the issues with her ignorant cultural appropriation. I think that aspect of her VMA performance was rather shameful.

    As for the rest? Eh. I don't really care. I didn't like the performance or the song, but then, it's not my kind of music, my kind of entertainment, or even my kind of award show. And that's been the most peculiar thing about the whole kerfuffle -- that so many people who have absolutely no interest or stake in either pop music or its trappings suddenly have an opinion on it based on this one performance. It's akin to how people exploded in outrage over rap music simply because they heard a single Geto Boys song.

    In short, we shouldn't care nearly as much as we do.

  • janicefahy

    She's a performer and I think she's a talented woman. This particular song/video doesn't do much for me personally, but that's the nature of art. End of opinion!

  • Slash

    Yeah, I don't care enough to watch the video (I saw a few seconds of it on some TV show this morning while getting ready for work, that's enough).

    If the world would stop shitting its collective shorts over this person, maybe she'll give up attention whoring and do something productive with her life. Go to college. Start a charity. Adopt a shelter dog. Something that doesn't involve sticking out her tongue and being naked. Not that either of those things is bad, per se, but the half-life on the attention one should reasonably expect to garner from either one should be measured in (at most) hours, not days or weeks. She's not gross, she's not particularly sexy, she's basically just saying, "Look at me!" in the most effort-free way possible.

  • lowercase_ryan

    some might consider being a pop star earning millions as doing something productive. And there are easier ways to say look at me, in fact I think Kesha and Miley work very hard at it.

  • Slash

    Eh, po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

    I don't consider pop stardom particularly productive, but whatever. It's America. You can waste time and effort however you want, I don't really care. Until she starts setting old ladies' driveways on fire or running over people with her car, I don't really care what Miley Cyrus does.

  • ZizoAH

    Can I just say that I like the song? Like, a lot. I know it's nothing special and it lacks of... everything? But I like listening to it. I'm a whore for these kind of songs.

    The video is OK, doesn't have anything to do with the song (did any video have anything to do with the song like, in the last 10 years?), but I can appreciate some of it.

  • Calamity

    It's got that 80's power ballad vibe to it. I can see myself cry-singing it while driving late at night.

    As to the video, the only thing that bothers me is all the licking.... and the lack of proper safety equipment.

  • I really like it, too.

  • I think a lot of the criticism of her comes down to slut-slamming, or just sexism in general. She changed her image from an "innocent" child pop star to a untraditional looking young adult pop star. Since her image was everything to people who weren't kids, they can only judge her on her image. And since that new image doesn't conform to what she was before and what these sexists thing a young woman should look like now, they say it's gross or slutty. Granted, many people would have that opinion of her if she had never been a child star. But I think it's more pronounced because of it and shitty parents can't explain to their kids why them and our society are sexist.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I think I knew an awful lot of 20 year olds who explored their developing sexuality and bodies in exactly the same way Miss Miley seems to be: with awkward and embarrassing forays into "sexy" behaviors they haven't quite mastered yet and showing off a whole lot of skin, because their little 20 year old bodies are very nice.

    Seriously, everything that's happening is the opposite of shocking. Also, can people not be up their butts so much about twerking? It's a stupid dance fad. Just as the Macarena faded in time to something your older relatives use to embarrass their children at weddings, so too will go twerking. Just let it. Let it happen.

  • meadowdancer

    Eh she exhausts me and I don't care about her either way. That said, she needs to keep her tongue in her mouth it looks gross. That video was full of way too much try and it wasn't provocative or groundbreaking. Seriously it has that many hits because that shows how much we as a society love watching a train wreck.

  • Tom

    oh fuuuuck. twerking at a wedding in 20 years? kill me now. thanks for that thought :)

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I don't even do it now, but the minute I have kids I'm collecting all the Big Freedia I can get my hands on for embarrassment purposes. "Oh, you didn't feel like cleaning your room but you want to have a friend over? That's great! We can have a dance party!" "UGH! NEVER MIND TURN IT OFF TURN IT OFF STOP DOING THAT GOD YOU'RE SO TERRIBLE!!!"

  • Tom

    Haha right. Maybe I can elicit the same reaction from my children that Miley Cyrus is eliciting from me these days. "no. stop, why are you doing that? I don't want to see that." That's a long looping circle of revenge.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    42 million views in under 48 hours... then I won't make it +1 whatever that number has climbed to.

  • BWeaves

    Fun fact: My clueless husband came home from work last night and asked me what "twerking" was. I googled "Miley Cyrus twerking" and couldn't find the video. Of course, half of that is my stupid computer keeps respelling words for me, and I think it kept changing "twerking" to "tweaking." So I showed him the Jimmy Kimmel Flaming Twerking video instead.

    Edit: Jimmy FALLON Flaming Twerking video. I never can tell those two guys apart.

  • Uriah_Creep

    You were right the first time. It was Kimmel.

  • Samantha Klein

    I think she can't sing, and should therefore stop making records.

  • Patti

    That never stopped Madonna or Britney...

  • Samantha Klein

    That's fair, but those two are exponentially better performers than Miley is, which makes up for lack of singing ability, somewhat.

  • maydays

    ^^This^^. I get that this has all been done before. But it's all been done before by people who were good at it and had a bit more vision about their provocation. I could care less about the shock value of that VMA performance, but I can't forgive that it sucked. Watch Madonna's Vogue and Britney's Slave4U VMA performances and compare with this nonsense.

  • I think she looks trashy and hot in the video. The song ain't bad either!

  • Maguita NYC

    "...if the exact same “Wrecking Ball” video featured Rihanna or Pink, people would be having different reactions."

    That is all you need to know Courtney. There is nothing about Miley's behavior deserving of so much brouhaha. She's growing up, finding her own voice, becoming her own self through trial and error, but unlike the rest of us, she is doing it in the public eye.

  • Amen to that. The fuss over Miley is more indicative of our own problems (big one being, more media than we actually have things worth media attention) than hers.
    Having now seen the video in question.. I WILL add that I read somewhere this sudden change all came about when she signed on with the same lowest-common-denominator Svengali who took Disney Britney and gave us back Hot Mess o' Snake Humpin' Britney, lo these many years ago. Per that source, Miley 2.0 is purely the calculated work of this guy, and viewing the video through THAT lens makes me throw up a little in my mouth. I really hope that when she's 35, she's looking back on this video as "Oh my GOD, I can't believe I thought that was a good idea".... not "Oh my GOD, I can't believe I let (____) convince me that was a good idea."

  • Patti

    I completely agree. I can't get over all the "pearl clutching" going on with Miley. She's using her body and look (which she obviously works hard at) to sell her music. She's not having a public meltdown...she's dancing (or whatever you call twerking). A few years ago during the height of her Hannah Montana fame, I took my young daughters to see Miley in concert. I've been to a lot of concerts in my day and I've never seen anyone work as hard to entertain that crowd as Miley did. I was very impressed with her as an entertainer and don't see anything wrong with her now.

  • Maguita NYC

    You'd think Madonna, Gaga, Xtina and the rest would have numbed our pearl-clutching puritanical morals somewhat by now, but it seems not. We apparently still have a lot of misplaced outrage to dish.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Gaga still bothers me.

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