Too bad Miley didn't take it in the spirit in which it was offered. She might end up wishing she had.
I'm far from the intended demographic of her now-defunct TV series, Hannah Montana, but I admit that I liked it. I'm a longtime fan of her dad, Billy Ray (no Achy-Breaky jokes, please!), and I enjoyed seeing father and daughter perform together. It was funny--and clean. But almost as soon as the series ended, Miley turned into a bottle-blonde, foul-mouthed Trampzilla.
This seems to be a common reaction among former Disney Girls--Miley, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, just to name a few. (Both Britney and Christina have outgrown the need to act out, so maybe there's hope for Miley, too.) They shed their Disney skins like snakes. They go as far in the opposite direction in their appearance and behavior as they possibly can in an urgent attempt to establish their adult status. I'm still trying to figure out why Miley--and so many other young women--equate trashiness with being an adult. (In spite of statements that she broke off her engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth, I've yet to find anyone who believes it. Most are guessing he got tired of her outrageous behavior and dumped her.)
I wonder why the Disney Boys don't struggle? Justin Timberlake, for example--he's made a smooth transition from child performer to boy band member to solo performer to actor--without any craziness.
In her documentary, Miley: The Movement, Miley suggests it's better to have people talking about her for two weeks than for two minutes. But there's a small problem with that: no one is talking about her music. She's a singer, but all anyone talks about is her half-naked public appearances, her tongue, and her "twerk." (When she backed her little butt up to Robin Thicke at the VMAs, she looked just like our dachshund in heat. The dog would back up to our neighbor's fence, trying to get their male dogs to climb aboard.)
Sure, people are watching her--like they'd watch a ten-car pileup on the interstate. You know how that goes--you don't want to look, but you just can't help it. People are talking about her--but ninety percent of what's being said, online and on TV, is negative. That's not necessarily going to translate into sales of her music.
She defends her actions--as does her father, thought I doubt any of this is easy for Billy Ray--by calling it art. Art. Ahhh...these days, all sorts of crap--literally--is passed off as art. Don't believe me? Check out some of these sculptures....
Lionel Richie offered words of encouragement to Billy Ray. Lionel's own daughter, Nicole, a former wild child, is now settled down, married with children and a successful career.
All things are possible, I suppose.