Sexed-up Miley Cyrus – it’s your problem

October 22, 2010

Miley’s new video came out – complete with blindfolds, underpants, cleavage shots, writhing on satin bed sheets, hints at lesbianism, and screaming of, naturally, sex.

Nice. :/

It will come as no surprise to most of you that I’m not a Miley Cyrus fan. She’s had some catchy songs, but I’m not into the whole “16 dancing like a stripper on an ice cream pole” thing. I believe she has been, and is continuing to be, used by her producers and family for as much money as they can squeeze out of her. I think she’s a very lost little girl that forgot how talented she is and sold herself out to be, yet another, teen star that fits into the sexy image.

But then I started thinking about it.

Who cares if Miley is practically selling soft core porn at 17? Is it right? No. Is it something her family should allow? No. Is it someone we want our kids to watch?

NO.

Which brings me to my biggest question to the parents gasping in horror as Miley struts around in her underpants and gyrates against girls and guys in a nightclub:

WHY ARE YOU LETTING YOUR KID WATCH IT?

It blows my mind that parents didn’t see this coming. “How dare she? My daughter (at the ripe ole age of 8 ) has been a Miley fan for years! What kind of an example is this setting?”

::gasps for air::

Seriously? They expected the result to turn out different? What planet do these parents live on?

Apparently one that didn’t have Britney, Lindsey, Christina, Jessica…

If you, in good faith, let your daughter watch Miley, or anyone else like her for that matter, and your child was significantly younger than her – and you never once thought, “Um, this is starting to get a little too grown up for my daughter,” – it’s time to check back in with reality.

Miley doesn’t owe you, or your kids, anything. You do. You owe it to your child to turn off that video, or song, and to explain that you’d like her to choose age appropriate music and icons, and then help her do so. Your child does not need Miley Cyrus as a role model – because Miley is 17. She isn’t going to be a role model for your kids, because her job is to make millions of dollars. And if that means sexing it up, that’s what happens.

You are your child’s role model. Pick people she can relate to – and grow up with.

Because if you do, guess what? By the time she hits 17, that role model will be the same age,and going through the same identity crisis. And it will be ok, because it will be time to deal with that stuff in her life. It will make sense to her, and to you, why Miley has to express herself like that.

Otherwise, be prepared to watch your 8 year old pole dance to her teddy bears as she rolls up her gym shorts and sings about boinking someone into her Polly Pocket mirror.

And please, don’t be shocked when it happens.

12 Comments

  • Law Momma

    October 23, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Oh how I agree. It’s so sad that we teach our girls that they have to be sexual to be popular. I hate that. Hate hate hate it.

  • Daisy

    October 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I used to think Miley was great for young kids – on Hannah Montanna, she would wear t-shirts under her tank tops, she wasn’t boy crazy and had a good relationship with her family.
    And then… all this started to happen, which, I suppose, we all expected.
    You’re right, about being your childs role model. It’s so important for kids these days to have solid role models.

    1. Diana

      October 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      I thought she was adorable a few years ago – like you I was impressed with how grounded she seemed. But I think Hollywood puts so much pressure on girls to look a certain way – or be shunned – that there isn’t much of a choice if you want to stay in the business.

  • Kim

    October 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Amen. We used to watch Hannah Montana, but then Hannah started to date. Which was appropriate for a 14 year old, but not a 6 year old. So thankfully Violet hasn’t seen the morphing of Hannah into this sex pot of Miley. I just wish we could have a few more singers/actresses out there who DIDN’T sex it up. Talylor Swift is pretty awesome about that, but I do wonder how much longer that will last. I know I’m my children’s role model, but I’d like there to be a few people out there in the media I can point to and say, “see? NOT selling her soul.”

    1. Diana

      October 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm

      I was going to put something on here about adult/teen role models, but I honestly couldn’t think of any that haven’t somehow been involved in the sex stuff. Even darling Dakota Fanning did that rape movie – I don’t know. I know kids grow up but it sure is a shame to see all of them head in the same direction, over and over again.

  • t.bird

    October 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    …wait a second. does her little sister have a lace push up bra on?! ZOMG!

    1. Diana

      October 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Yes. And BOOTY shorts. I mean, look how tiny she is. She has to be what, 4th or 5th grade?

      Ugh.

  • Desi

    October 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I have said from the start that my daughter will not watch miley cyrus and sponge bob haha. They both gross me out :).

    1. Diana

      October 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      I love the combo!

  • melissa

    October 22, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Agreed!!! And now I hope my next child is a boy as well, LOL

    1. Diana

      October 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      But then you have to steer him clear of Miley for so many other reasons… 😉

  • Jen

    October 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I agree 100%!!!! Its ridiculous what kids look up to these days anyway. As if morals and self worth are nothing. It makes me sad seeing what kids (not teens, that’s a whole other can of worms) wear and think is ok, and there parents let them. Oh and don’t get me started on Halloween costumes for kids! Anyway, Yeah you are totally right, if we don’t help and teach our kids then who will?!?

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