Tonight I have been pondering an article I read about the latest news regarding singer/actress Miley Cyrus. As a mother to a daughter who will eventually gain a curiosity for the pop culture that bombards this country, it is particularly poignant.
At the Teen Choice Awards held recently in LA, Cyrus, all of 16 and typically regarded as “the good girl” among teen sensations, did some pole dancing moves alongside singing. Dressed in a raunchy outfit, she undid any lasting hopes she might remain relatively cute and innocent. Her performance further solidified the fact that as a female in show business, you can not remain the fully clad “good girl” for long. Your music supposedly can not stand on its own so to fuel the masses, you in essence must become a highly paid prostitute. The Johns could be the producers and executives who own you. Or in Miley’s case, the worst John of all may be her father, Billy Ray, who seemingly makes most of the career decisions, big and small, for his daughter. It was he who encouraged her to use the pole in her performance.
Then, you look at say The Jonus Brothers. They’ve been around for a while now and yet they usually look so dapper and almost wholesome. They get to be fully clothed, often in nice, tailored suits. They do not, as of yet anyways, need poles or other inappropriate objects to enhance their music and their charm. No, as a band of guys, their music can speak for itself and they are celebrated for their music as much as for their appearance. By virtue of their sex, they have not been forced to sell their bodies as well as their souls. Their bodies are allowed to stay covered, where they should be, behind an appropriate, respectable amount of clothing.
I grieve for the fact that now many parents, etc may now look at Miley Cyrus and think “Oh, what a bad girl! How could she disappoint us like this!” Parents and others should not, in my opinion, look at Miley Cyrus. They should look at the people that have created the person she is fast becoming and decide there is simply no one who escapes their grasp. To get all excited about a female artist for a while because she seems somehow more pure is proven time and time again to be futile because in no time, they must start the quick, downward spiral into sexual raunch that was their ultimate fate from the very beginning.
As a parent, I do not look forward to the day when our children may be all into a certain pre-teen or teen music sensation. More than anything because I will be afraid they will want to talk like this person, dress like this person, defy parental authority like this person (Hannah Montana is not respectful to her father), etc.
I’m glad I’ve got some time…that’s all I can say!:)