All eyes are currently on Miley Cyrus in the world of pop culture. From her oh-so-innocent days of being Hannah Montana to her racy and very nude “Wrecking Ball” music video, she has definitely attracted the attention of almost everyone who’s interested in celebrity culture and gossip.
We always knew that Miley Cyrus would someday go down the road she is currently on. You know, the same road that celebrities like Britney Spears and Amanda Bynes were/are on. Yet, this change has been a huge shock to America. It started when she cut her hair and dyed it platinum blonde, which she cut even shorter as of late. She started twerking, which according to the Oxford Dictionaries (yes, it’s in the dictionary) is a verb and means, “Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”
As you can already presume, this has caused quite the controversy with the parents of teens who love Miley and who grew up with Hannah Montana. They look to Miley as an idol, but what do you do when your idol starts dirty dancing on a 36 year old man who sings a song that’s borderline about rape? Why yes, I’m talking about Robin Thicke (the dude in the photo above) and his song “Blurred Lines,” which he performed a duet with Miley Cyrus at the Video Music Award’s last month. Did I mention that he is a father himself?
I also forgot to mention her recent photoshoot with famous photographer, Terry Richardson, where she poses nude (nip slip and all) for the entire world to see. You can check out some of the photos here (they are definitely NSFW). If you think those are bad, search for the remainder of the photos and you’ll see why parents all across the globe are screaming.
To bring this back to the world of pop culture and its relation to new media, Miley can’t be entirely blamed for her behavior. It is us, the messed up society that made her this way. She only had to turn on her TV to see what was going on in the world and its celebrities. Every day you hear about someone who got a DUI, or who went to rehab, and that’s publicity. That’s attention. Who doesn’t like the spotlight? Even if it’s only for your 15 minutes of fame. As mentioned in my previous post, Miley herself states, “You’re always gonna make people talk…You might as well make them talk for like, 2 weeks, rather than 2 seconds.” People who idol her want to be her, and apparently she doesn’t mind one bit. You aren’t anyone until you’re talked about, well, at least in terms of pop culture.
If you’re wondering why I chose to title this post “Twerk Miley, Twerk,” take a listen to one of Jay-Z’s songs off his album, “Somewhereinamerica”, and you’ll see why. I think you know you’ve done something wrong when the king of rap chooses to bash you in a song, but I guess Miley just can’t take the hint.