Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What's Up With Miley?

I was channel surfing a few days ago and came across Joy Behar telling Perez Hilton that he published child pornography when he published a link of Miley Cyrus with some of her privates showing on his Twitter feed.

The photo is nowhere to be found now. The link Hilton posted is dead. Supposedly she was getting out of a car in a very short skirt and gave the people a good look. From Hilton's comments on the Behar show people originally thought that she wasn't wearing underwear.

I did find a couple of live performances by Miley from the Much Music Video Awards. I noticed two things about "Can't Be Tamed." Number one, that outfit leaves very little to the imagination. Hilton published a picture from that performance with her crotch dead center which has caused more upset. If it had been Lady Gaga (and it has been) or Madonna no one would bat an eyelash.

It's only because she's 17 that people are getting their knickers in a knot. Maybe they should. I wouldn't let my underage child to wear sexy/revealing clothes and dance or pose in a seductive manner. They could do what they wanted once they hit 18 but until then I'd keep everything under wraps. But that's just me. There's an argument to be made that Miley hasn't been a child in anything but age for a long time... not going to go there.

The other thing I noticed about this video (besides how badly it was being sung) was what the dancers were wearing. The costumes and props make them look like Aboriginals with spears and clothes made out of some kind of hide. At one point the choreography has them "carrying" Miley tied to a bunch of spears a la the old cannibals in cartoons and movies. Remember that the title of the song is "Can't Be Tamed" which implies that the dancers are wild or uncivilized.  And no one has said boo about it.

The second video is of "Party In The U.S.A."  which features Miley and her female dancers wearing scarves in their hair a la Snoop Dogg. As Hilton points out it's very "barrio." I can't help wondering why Miley has to borrow from other cultures. Possibly because she has no culture to call her own. I just find it weird when people appropriate things from a culture they're not part of and probably don't really understand.

1 comment:

  1. I think you may be onto something with the "no culture of her own". Although it strikes me that she's simply trying too hard. Trying to hard not to be Hannah Montana; trying too hard to be edgy; trying too hard to be Shakira. The opening of the vid totally reminded me of Cora from the movie "Music and Lyrics." Considering that Cora is a bit of a parody, that's not a good thing.

    Speaking of people borrowing cultures they don't understand, do you remember the Russian ice dance pair who did the "aboriginal" routine at the Olympics? It was embarrassing.