Sexed-up Miley Cyrus – it’s your problem
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.
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?
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.
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.