I’m happy to say I didn’t see the Miley Cyrus debacle during the MTV Music Awards.
It wasn’t intentional; it’s just that I don’t watch television much anymore.
For someone who once worked full time in TV news – anchoring and investigative reporting – that’s quite a statement. I don’t know why, but perhaps I just grew up – or perhaps the content of the medium has regressed to levels that are either boring or laughable.
I prefer the latter. I’m always in the mood for a good laugh. For someone who loves the medium, it’s a sad reflection that so much of what’s on the tube is just that – laughable.
Add to that insipid, stupid, amateurish, boring and often insulting.
I did see a replay of the – loosely speaking – performance by Cyrus on the show, and it matched the above description.
Along with Robin Thicke, who was dressed to look like an old-fashioned barber pole, Cyrus danced (?), sang (?) and pushed all the limits short of a full strip and open sex.
The whole thing was ludicrous because she is not in the least sexy. She is too young; she has the face and the body of a child.
Her vinyl bikini would win an Oscar for “ugly” and unflattering, as would her hairstyle. Her dance moves were amateurish as was her voice – what you could hear of it, and it was all capped off by her continual, viperish tongue.
It’s a wonder she didn’t choke herself to death.
Who convinced her that was sexy?
The awards program apparently hit the jackpot with all of that and got tons of publicity for her, but along with it came the sad debacle of a young girl in the process of destroying not only herself but also, long term, her “so-called” career.
Cyrus first hit the public eye as a Disney creation – Hannah Montana. The character became a favorite of young girls who, as children of that age are wont to do, idolized Hannah.
But children don’t realize that the “character” is not the person portraying her. The line blurs, especially when the character stays the same and the person portraying her wants to grow up.
That’s what happened to Hannah and to Miley.
And therein lies the problem.
Cyrus is no doubt responding to the prodding of adults around her, from parents to agents, to managers and others who clearly see her as a way to pad their own bank accounts with future commissions if Cyrus were to have a successful career.
Sing? Sure. Dance? Sure.
Whatever works. They consider the audiences stupid.
That she had no real experience in these areas made no difference. The media were there to promote her every movement and the behind-the-scenes push continued.
Hairstyles changed. Colors too. Makeup became vivid. Clothing changed from proper to provocative. Every step along the way was a clearly planned “spit in your eye” to the first image the world had of her as the prim Hannah.
Then there were the boyfriends – a variety, with the possible implications of serious romance, engagements, the bling and all that goes with it.
The whole image makeover, along with a massive publicity campaign, was to remove her from the world of children and put Cyrus in the public eye as a sexualized “woman.”
But, she isn’t.
She may have “grown up,” since she is now 20 years old, but she is not a woman. She’s a used child that adults have convinced that by acting like the slut of the week, she’ll be accepted as an accomplished “artist.”
If she really were a woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be manipulated by others. In fact, she knows her limitations and knows she needs those people and will do what she is told. But she’s the one who will suffer the consequences.
In all the millions of words written about the incredibly stupid act that she performed, the only name that anyone has seen is hers.
Do we know who her agent it is? Her manager? Her dance, makeup or costume person?
No. And you won’t. They will go unscathed while she will suffer the consequences of the fallout.
The other aspect of the debacle is what her performance does to young boys and girls who watched and thought it was exciting and terrific.
They’re the ones who will remember it as something to emulate.
Girls will want to dress like her, dance like her, look like her and act openly vulgar as she did.
Perhaps even worse, the boys will expect girls to be as open and pliant as Cyrus seemed to be on that stage that night. They will expect their female friends to act that way and will demand that they do “a Miley,” if that’s what they want.
Being boys, they will want – and being girls, too many will agree to perform.
The sad fact will be that both the boys and the girls have been given a false picture of real sexuality – and quite frankly, a fake picture of show business talent.
Pity our poor children.