Everywhere you look and listen today you will hear the tisk tisking of tween sensation Miley Cyrus. From Perez Hilton labeling her SLUTTY to Bill O’Reilly lamenting the loss of her good girl image and speculating on the damage done to her career. I call BULLSHIT.
Now first of all, I am not a fan of this culture of ours that sexualizes young girls. I am not a fan of the perfect body being that of a pre-pubescent. But the reality is, when you look in fashion magazines, how old do you think many of the girls are? Everywhere young girls are on display. Whether we want to admit it or not, the tiny cheerleading skirt on Hayden Panettiere on Heroes is meant to turn boys and men on.
Remember when everyone was talking about Britney’s virginity? When she hooked up with Justin Timberlake, did she fall from fame?
And what about the other Disney girl Christina Aguilera, now tell me in all seriousness that her Dirty video and sexed up image really destroyed her money making potential.
The sad truth is, in today’s sex obsessed and youth obsessed culture, the best way to make a buck is to take it off, flaunt it and reap the rewards.
If Miley wants to make it into movies, she’s on the right road. She’ll be the new hot starlet in a few years. If she stuck with this innocent girl, tween, virgin thing, who would want to go to the movies and lust after her in a turtleneck. No one. And so I think this was girlfriends calculated career move. Not to mention the amount of buzz and publicity she has just generated around her new “brand”.
It’s kind of like the unveiling, the launch of the new sexier sports car version of Miley replacing the family mini van.
And while Christian groups and Disney want her to apologize, I say why the fuck does she owe anyone an apology? She’s an actor, a singer, an entertainer. She doesn’t owe anyone anything. If you don’t like her, don’t tune in.
Personally, I wouldn’t approve of my hypothetical 15-year-old daughter becoming masturbation fodder but hey, the fame horse is out of the gate. The race to be the next Lindsay or Britney is upon us. The Cyrus’ know a thing or two about how to make a buck.
And really, all this outrage could be better directed at our whole society. If we want to be upset about teen girls being sexualized, that’s one thing, getting mad at a girl who is using the system, that is already well in place, to make herself a profit is just silly.
Maybe when our internet is not dominated by porn like: “barely legal” and “teen sensations” and maybe when we boycott lingerie for pre-teens and maybe when we oppose the use of underage models for fashion shoots and maybe when we stop obsessing in the tabloids and entertainment blogs about everything these young girls do, eat, and wear, we will start to make progress. But that’s up to the consumer. Yep. If you still tune in and he still checks out, there will still be a supply put forth to fill those demands.
So let’s all watch Miley’s career grow from here. From tween sensation to the next Scarlett Johansson.
Did I mention Drew Barrymore.
The list goes on and on.
and P.S. I think this candid pic above is way more likely to be wet dream material than the sad little girl naked in the sheets from Vanity Fair.