So this is something that way too many people in America seem fixated on, and I hate to become one of those people, but I just want to know what Miley Cyrus’s deal is.
I don’t know her personally; I watched her grow up on television. My little sister loved Hannah Montana, and I watched it with her from time to time. I remember thinking, “Hey, this girl is my age. I could do this!”
I hadn’t seen her perform in years (I missed the VMAs and watch my t.v. shows online) until I watched the We Can’t Stop and Wrecking Ball videos a few weeks ago. I kept hearing a lot of buzz about Cyrus, and I finally wanted to see what the fuss was all about.
I don’t think her new songs are all that great. They’re generic pop songs that could come out of the mouths of Katy Perry or Rihanna.
Something did chill me to the bone, however, Cyrus herself.
She blatantly over-sexualizes herself and does it without a hint of human emotion in her eyes. She doesn’t look happy or upset to be licking a sledgehammer or dry-humping whatever. Even the way she sticks her tongue out seems calculated. She knows that the more she self-destructs and acts like a hot mess, the more money she makes.
What freaks me out is that she is my age. We 20-somethings are supposed to be pulling stupid crap like this—dancing with our girlfriends, drinking to excess, being silly and trying to be sexy—but coming from her it feels jaded and cynical.
I feel bad for her. Maybe I’m making this up in my head because I can’t imagine being in her position. I can’t imagine trying so hard, acting that way for the world and my mother to see just so I can sell records.
The fascination millions of people have with her new image is frightening. It’s as if our collective society is pushing her towards the edge, encouraging it because we want to see the spectacular crash that will result.
I guess we’ll find out. In the mean time, I hope Cyrus is able to (pardon the pun) “twerk” things out.