There’s a common perception that suggests, Miley Cyrus does everything a bad girl can do but somehow manages to keep a wholesome image, keeping parents from turning off and kids tuning in. Her latest bad girl move comes in the form of a photo shoot where the 19-year-old singer posed nude or at least seminude in a bath tub that was unseen until it turned up on the internet in recent days. Now Cyrus has never been shy about expressing her sexuality or playing up her attractiveness. Why should she? She’s a cute girl. She’s also been over 18; but the internet is abuzz about a photograph that has appeared online featuring Miley “naked” in a bathtub. In the photo, which doesn’t feature any actual nudity, there is some side-boob showing along with the dream catcher tattoo that runs down her right rib cage. It’s a professional photograph taken by photographer Vijat Mohindra; it’s not like some creepy paparazzo caught her in the bathtub. Besides new reports as to how the pictures ended up online claim that the photographer published them without Cyrus’ permission. But I would suggest that Cyrus has an ulterior motive behind her behavior, so when her nude photos attracts attention, you better believe she has a reason why.
Now there have been quite a few hatters that have criticized Cyrus about what she does with her body. Many of them have even chosen to use some unflattering adjectives calling her trashy or tacky to describe the teen idol.
But Cyrus has a legend of faithful nonjudgmental super-fans that have raised their voices in support of the famous singer. One of her authentic devotees reportedly declared:
“How can the naked female form be trashy? For that matter how can being naked at all be trashy? God doesn’t think it bad to be naked. He let Adam and Eve run around naked in the Garden and didn’t think twice about it. It wasn’t until they ate the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve became embarrassed and decided amongst themselves that being naked was bad so they covered themselves. God still didn’t care, but because they felt it was a sin, then it became a sin of man, not of God. And if you don’t believe in God then why do you care at all. Nakedness is not a moral issue, and if you don’t believe in God you shouldn’t have moral issues, only legal ones and nothing she is doing is illegal.”
I don’t know the age of that fan but her statement in support of Cyrus is replete with wisdom.
The 19-year-old bride revealed one of her newer tattoos during the photo shoot that had been drawn on her left forearm. What does it say? It’s a passage from a speech by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt’s given at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910. It reads, “So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” The point Cyrus is trying to make is that it’s “not the critic who counts.” To understand this, one would have to read the rest of the speech:
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
No, she did not put all of those words on her forearm. Nevertheless, one is well informed as to what the excerpt Cyrus chose means once it’s placed in its proper context.
When one looks upon this particular tattoo perhaps it does not entirely fit the bad girl persona Cyrus has tended to be perceived as.
I find Cyrus quite intelligent, and many of her actions seem to always have a positive motive at their core.
But those that rail and spout hate don’t even bother to look deeper at the singer’s intentions for if they did that would find a different Cyrus that meets the eye.
Since she rose to fame in 2006, Miley Cyrus has wasted no time in supporting a number of charities and foundations. From Starkey Hearing Gala to City Of Hope, Miley has been supporting and donating to a number of different organisations for over 5 years. The list of charities that get a significant portion of their operating budget from Cyrus’ caring generosity are much too numerous to list here; but given her youthful enthusiasm for contributing to the well-being of others I’d be remiss not to at least mention “Make-A-Wish Foundation,” “Amnesty International,” “Feeding America,” DonateMyDress.org, “Get Ur Good On” and “Blessings in a Backpack.” And back in Oct. 2011, the starlet made her second trip to Haiti over a weekend where she was doing charity work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Miley not a talker, she’s a doer, who let’s actions speak for her.
So before you leap in judgment over naked pictures, tattoos or her reported marijuana use (which has never been validated by the press), look a little deeper at the young pop star who dropped her image to visit Haiti’s capital city of Port au Prince, eschewing makeup and her designer wardrobe for simple clothing and a fresh face in an effort to look as non-threatening as possible.
I could say much more about her philanthropic proclivities but I figure you get the point.
When you add it all up, there is certainly reason to give Cyrus the benefit of the doubt. Instead of finding way to criticize her every step why not look for ways to emulate her kindness. I believe she cleverly gets attention, not so much to throw you off but to expose the hypocrisy that that many of us cover in secret.
There is a message in her behavior and it’s perhaps along the lines of an old saying that many of us are familiar with; that is to be unafraid to be yourself, no matter what other may think of you; be yourself, perhaps in so doing we might engender a kind of happiness few experience.