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Diatribe: Miley Cyrus – Topless On Rolling Stone At Twenty.

09/25/2013

mileycover-x600-1379956938I want to like her … I really do.  Miley Cyrus always seemed like a nice girl.  She appeared to be reasonably talented, in that Disney sort of way, had a respectable singing voice and she was cute.  A daughter of country music’s Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley rose to fame as the star of the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana during its ninety-eight episodes across four seasons from March 2006 until January 2011.  Her character, like most on the Disney Channel, was of the squeaky clean, wholesome variety.

It seems that lately, as hard as Cyrus worked to develop a following during her Disney years, she’s working equally hard to distance herself from the character that brought her such an enormous following to begin with.  As if going from one extreme to the other, after last month’s notorious performance at the MTV Video Awards, she’ll soon be seen on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine … topless.  She is twenty years old.

“Honestly, that was our ‘MTV version.’ We could have even gone further, but we didn’t.  I thought that’s what the VMAs were all about!  It’s not the Grammys or the Oscars.  You’re not supposed to show up in a gown, Vanna White-style.  It’s supposed to be fun.  If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy.  I can dance a lot better than I was dancing.” – Miley Cyrus.

She’s gone from “bubble gum” to “outrageous” and I guess I just don’t understand why.  Perhaps she’s going through a harmless phrase … a typical young adult rebellion the likes of which are not normally broadcast the world over on television and social media.  Maybe she’s taking part in a maniacally genius publicity scheme that will put anything Lady Gaga has ever done to shame.  In addition to her peculiar VMA performance, her partially nudity in the video for her recent single “Wrecking Ball” has driven interest and pre-orders for her upcoming album “Bangerz” to record levels.

miley-cyrus-tatoos-rolling-stone-on-feet-after-mag-cover-revealGood for her.  She’s making headlines, she’s filling seats, she’s having fun, she’s selling music, she’s making money … she’s got bills to pay and lots of people depend on her for their livelihood.  Perhaps she is a marketing genius and maybe she’s wise to strike while the iron is hot.  Personally, I think her music is good enough to stand on its own merit … certainly as good as Katy Perry and other peers who don’t resort to tongue wagging, twerking and nudity to sell their goods.  But,

And now she’s topless on the cover of Rolling Stone.  She is twenty years old.

Here’s where I stop admiring Ms. Cyrus.  The teen star who, at fifteen, faced her first scandal when she posed for Vanity Fair wearing a sheet that made her look topless is not, in fact, “all grown up”.  She is twenty years old.  The girl photographed drinking beer at age seventeen, who in the eyes of millions is still Hannah Montana, is twenty years old.

The language that she uses in the interview would embarrass the parents of most twenty-year-old women.

Is she being exploited?  Am I a fuddy duddy?  Is she a genius?  Are there so many good singers nowadays that they have to get naked on magazine covers to get attention?  What will she do next?!

Sell ‘em while you can, Miley.  You won’t be twenty years old much longer.

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9 Comments
  1. Anonymous permalink

    I don’t think someone could be talked into this kind of behavior if they weren’t willing, to at least to some degree. I suspect we’re seeing the real her. You’re right, her music should stand on its own. Isn’t there a name for exchanging your sexuality for reward? Oh, yeah-prostitution.

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  2. She’s trying to sell her music by selling herself as something outrageous. Once people realize the music is mindless they’ll grow tired of her antics.

    Simply put: she doesn’t have the talent to back up the behavior.

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  3. I must confess I do not know any of her music, so I guess that officially qualifies me as an old fart. It seems like we saw this act before with another Disney performer who “oops there I go again” did some interesting things. Brittney Spears had to stop being an enemy of herself before she started righting the ship. Of course, our culture watches Honey Boo Boo, so just about everything I said before goes by the board.

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  4. Barneysday permalink

    Anyone see the similiar, “over the top” behavior in Miley as in Britney Spears? And look where that will likely all end up. She might as well sell it while she can, because that train isn’t going very far.

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  5. She isn’t going to be satisfied until she is rolled down the aisle, at the next awards show, spread eagled on a gynecological exam table.

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  6. Great post. I blogged about this today as well. Seems to me the people who are taken aback by Ms. Cyrus’ antics are not familiar with the “sex sells” nortion. And controversial sex sells even better. Miley Inc. should make hay while the sun shines as it were. http://dcmontreal.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/miley-cyrus-on-the-cover-of-rolling-stone-just-keep-that-controversy-coming/

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  7. I am not going to even pretend to like her. I don’t like what she is doing.

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