Miley Cyrus isn’t all that crazy when you come to think about it. I mean everyone has gone through that rebellious phase in their life. She is just trying to grow up. I don’t see anything abnormal or obscene about a young girl reaching adulthood, bursting with hormones and individuality, ultimately lashing out at her parents saying “I don’t want barbies for Christmas MOM! I want a leather whip with tassels!”- OK, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far to the extreme, and maybe Miley’s growth spurt is a bit too much for most of us… But seriously, cut the girl some slack.
Miley Cyrus is a 20 year old girl whose entire life has been displayed before millions of people on the hit television show Hannah Montana. From there, she signed a record contract, making pop hits which were all the craze with tweens and kids alike. She produced chart topping hits, and is a certified platinum album selling artist, selling millions of records.
Then when she wanted to assert herself, be an independent woman instead of an exploited child star, America flipped out. While yes, maybe her antics are a bit over the top, with the absurd tongue gestures and rubbing her scantily clad buttocks on a married man at the VMAs, but we all have to remember something: we created this monster.
The enormous pressure placed on child stars to remain adorable and innocent is enough to drive any sane individual right into the arms of the lewd and the obscene.
I mean lets take a walk down memory lane for a moment. Danny Bonaduce, child star of the hit 70’s family series “The Partridge Family”, took a serious turn down that dark and tempting path towards vulgarity and self-destruction. The last time I checked, he’s a raging alcoholic who was arrested for punching a transvestite in the face for the whole “bait and switch” routine. Don’t worry Danny, it’s a common mistake.
But if we really want to draw a serious parallel, look at the Miley Cyrus before there ever was a Miley Cyrus. Her name was Britney Spears.
When Britney Spears broke onto the scene in 1999 with the hit single “Oops!… I Did It Again”, much like Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears couldn’t do anything wrong. She was beautiful, charming, and America’s sweetheart. And then, puberty hit.
Britney Spears was thrown to the wolves and with that, the bitter sweet tale of Britney Spear’s fall from grace began with a romantic affair with back up dancer and full time nobody Kevin Federline, and only spun out of control from there. From swinging at reporters with an umbrella while donning a bald head, to kissing Madonna on stage at the VMAs, these insane acts are much like a rite of passage for child stars like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears. And the last time I checked, Britney Spears is still relevant and kicking it, still releasing albums and playing concerts around the country.
So next time you find yourself yelling at a TV screen ‘WHAT THE HELL IS THAT MILEY CYRUS GIRL DOING NOW?!’, just remember, it’s just another phase in the played out life of a former child star. Also, keep in mind that you were young once. Only difference was, you didn’t have your childhood broadcasted to millions of viewers daily.
by John Amaruso