I love Miley. There, I’ve said it; I love Miley Cyrus. Seriously, I think that she knows exactly what’s up. She see’s society’s bullshit double standards and (literally) fucks them. Miley’s song “We Can’t Stop” is all about doing whatever you want because you can and not letting anyone get in your way.
“It’s our party we can do what we want; It’s our party we can say what we want; It’s our party we can love who we want; we can kiss who want; we can screw who we want.”
I don’t know about you, but I totally agree. But that’s not why I’m writing about her. I’m writing because I totally respect her and all of the things that she’s been doing. She’s doing something that like ten other women have ever done- the ones who come to mind are Queen Bey, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Nikki Minaj. She’s saying “fuck you” to social constructs and gender roles and doing whatever she wants. People are freaking out because “her image has changed” and she’s no longer the “innocent Hannah Montana.”
Why is that something that’s expected of her? Girls don’t stay twelve forever; they grow up and they become sexual beings (or, according to society, sexual objects). But seriously, Miley didn’t owe it to anyone to stay a virginal little princess. She grew up and she realized that she wanted to be a real, popular singer- because who would want to stay twelve forever?
And people complain because she “acts out” and “dresses like a slut” when she actually does have an amazing voice (watch her singing Jolene and the rest of the backyard sessions). But the thing is, those videos exist. She obviously tried that- it’s not what people are looking for. The general public wants edgy, exciting, new, different. And that’s what Miley is giving. Miley’s got a great voice, and she deserves to be heard. In the music industry today, what she’s doing is what works.
How can people seriously be complaining about Miley’s over-sexualized act without complaining about all of the male artists that use vulgar, sexual language and obscene gestures and ideas as bases for their art? Hello, “Blurred Lines”?? That song is about rape. R. A. P. E. And it’s played every fifteen minutes on the radio. What’s wrong with our society that plays a song (by a male artist) about rape all the time, but flips out when a woman expresses her sexuality publicly?
And to everyone shocked by her performance at the VMA’s, why are you only focused on her? She was grinding on someone, meaning that someone had to be grinding on her too. And someone was. That someone was Robin Thicke, artist of that song about rape, who has gotten absolutely no shit for grinding on someone maybe half his age…
That’s just messed up, people.