With the new Adore You video released Dec. 26, Miley Cyrus is not only masturbating, she is grabbing the eyes of all internet users and beckoning to the world as if to say, “It’s the next wave in popular culture, so go ahead, join me on your side of the screen! It’s okay to record and flaunt sexually explicit pictures and videos of yourself doing the same.” As of today over six million people have viewed her in Adore You, barely clothed in translucent undergarments leaving nothing to the imagination as she sings and caresses her body in soft white sheets.
Miley Cyrus has said she has been deliberately concocting a false image of a sexually stimulating pop star or “character,” yet I would argue that any kind of artistic creation mirrors the artist. Miley Cyrus is advocating pornography, and her claims that she would not act in such a shocking way in real life is dubious.
The new Adore You video is more sexually tantalizing than Wrecking Ball; tears from Miley who is “wrecked” emotionally from a lost love or from abuse is less enticing than the raw edginess of a 21-year old in Adore You who is playfully masturbating.
Miley Cyrus is aware that her young beauty can capsize weak-eyed, easily stimulated viewers, whether male or female. She knows her behavior is not clean. She stated recently that she would rather shed clothes in public than shed tears. Her reasoning is typical of a brazen performer: she doesn’t like showing vulnerability.
Her performances can be categorized as indirect advertising for pornography. Readings on subliminal advertising have indicated that it was outlawed because of its manipulation on the mind; whereas, indirect advertising is still allowed and more effective. Indirect advertising, also called product placement, shows brands like Pepsi in movies, or television shows, or websites. Indirect commercials typically entice people to buy automobile or alcohol through sexual appeal of either gender.
The question turns to what Miley Cyrus is enticing us to buy. Some would say it’s her music, or even herself through the brash appeal of sexual provocation. The next bold step is to ask what she is indirectly promoting. What are we to assume if Miley Cyrus said she prefers nudity in public over crying? Her message was that explicit sexuality exudes power, and can lead to lots of money and fame. It’s the part about being sexually explicit that leads to the belief that Miley Cyrus is advocating pornography.
Recently she coolly told the media, “It’s all an act, just a character I’ve created for the stage.” In other words, there goes Miley Cyrus, smoking some weed, and quipping with a spoon on her tongue, “I’m really Pollyanna in my private life and want to be a mom in the future.” Oh, come on, let’s get real.
Protests may be flying that Miley Cyrus’s performances would not be considered pornography, so it’s best to try and be objective about the matter, and read about the legal definition and controversy over the term:
“The representation in books, magazines, photographs, films, and other media of scenes of sexual behavior that are erotic or lewd and are designed to arouse sexual interest. It is the depiction of sexual behavior that is intended to arouse sexual excitement in its audience.”
Miley Cyrus appears to be a conniving diva beyond her years, and it’s unfortunate that the public has believed what she said. She has not pretended to be a character separate from who she really is; instead, no matter what Miley Cyrus says, I believe her performances reveal who she is: a lewd, money-loving, sexually loose schemer.
Taking a step back into history, we may ask, how can Miley Cyrus gotten away with performances that are indirect advertisements for pornography? Ever since the early 20th century, a debate has been tumbling forward with the center of focus on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Guess what fans of Miley Cyrus would argue? They, of course, would defend the right for freedom of sexual expression and all other forms of expression.
Those of us who do not support Miley Cyrus – like me – would propose moral guidelines for the First Amendment; a performance such as Miley Cyrus’s Adore You would belong in the bedroom, and would be better sold through companies that sell products to make people’s sex life more fulfilling. Perhaps then her behaviors could be used for good in the world. Miley Cyrus has instead brashly corrupted youth down to youngsters in elementary school who have been unnecessarily and tragically exposed to the strange plights of Miley Cyrus on her “wrecking” ball.
And I would absolutely side with feminists at the end of the past century who argued that pornography should be slapped until it withers because of how it classifies women into sexual objects, and stimulates violence against them. It’s without hesitation that the term “pornography” should be applied to what Miley Cyrus is advocating on the stage.
By Danelle Cheney