If I get the chance to go into someone’s head à la Spike Jonze style in his masterpiece “Being John Malkovich”, I would love to get inside Miley Cyrus’s.
Not only is she now the most notable icon for goody two-shoes turns Jezebel, but she is also sticking her tongue out at us – just like she did at her raunchy performance at the VMAs- and admitting, “I’m bad, really really, bad!”
What’s the definition of bad or good in terms of the celebrity culture? And why is Miley the only one condemned for it? Isn’t Justin Bieber, by default, a Jezebel as well? Why is it always the focus on female celebrities and how they act while completely ignoring –or at least sidestepping- the bad Boys?
Does bad sell more? Well, that’s how it seems. Despite criticisms for her nude appearance in music video “Wrecking Ball”, Miley Cyrus’s latest controversial hit sent her to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with 36.5 million video streams and 477,000 paid downloads. Does that mean that BAD rules or is it just Miley?
Miley has received support from Katy Perry, Britney Spears –another celebrity with a controversial lifestyle- and Avril Lavigne. But the backlash she got was also tremendous, considering it was from acclaimed artists like Cher, Brooke Shields and Kelly Clarkson.
So where is Miley headed? Maybe she really knows where she is headed. From her VMAs twerking to the nude swirling on a demolition device and finally her provocative costume –hello, nipple pasties, anybody – during her second iHeartRadio Music Festival performance, Miley plays it coyly. She walks in the footsteps of Madonna, striking while the iron is hot from one controversial statement to another and following up with racy photoshoots or shocking live performances. She walks with confidence, believing in her music –which is far from groundbreaking despite the high download rates- and its ability to set the world on fire. Miley does not shy away from admitting she is no longer a dummy, a doe-eyed Hannah Montana. In an in interview with Daily Star, the former tween idol claims she never acted the role that people expected from her.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had to exorcise Hannah because I think people knew I was different from her in real life,” Miss Cyrus explained. “Most people on Disney act as if they are really like their characters but I never felt the need to do that. I never pretended I was as good as what Disney writes.”
So what is it with the child acting business? Does it tear children’s lives apart? Does it make them eager to show a dirtier, darker side of themselves later on that they feel they ought to show the world? Miley is not the only one with the child star syndrome. Check out Britney Spears, Jonathan Brandis, Edward Furlong and Linda Blair and you will see the pattern. In an interview with NOTION magazine Miley has warned children not to pursue an acting career when they’re young and enjoy being a kid instead. One would go as far as saying that Miley’s chaotic journey with “molly” and “foam fingers” is all due to the pressure that has been put on her since her child acting days at Disney. But let’s not be that dramatic.
Anyway, what’s the point in attacking Miley? You can easily attack her lousy music choices or her focus on the “look” more than the actual song content –aren’t they all doing it these days- but set her life choices aside. She is almost an adult and she is free to do whatever she wants. Let’s not forget that she is really happy with what she is doing and she still hasn’t gone to rehab so, fair is fair.
As for our horror at every move she takes and every clothing item she tosses, that’s our problem fellows. The only thing the haters are giving her is more fame and longer time under the spotlight that she may not deserve as an artist.
Putting all that aside, though, I will try to get inside her head, especially after she takes a huge bite of that “Bob Marley” cake. Won’t it sound like so much fun?
Written By: Jaylan Salah