Friday, October 4, 2013

Is That a Ten-Car Pile-Up? Nope--It's Miley Cyrus!

Yesterday was the twenty-first anniversary of Sinead O'Connor's infamous Saturday Night Live appearance, during which she ripped up a photograph of the Pope. It was also the beginning of the end of her career. Sinead, who knows firsthand about career suicide, posted an open letter to Miley Cyrus to warn her.



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.

32 comments:

  1. Miley has gone even nuttier than Britney. She is in full blown Lohan territory now and has totalled her career and her life.

    I'm falling about laughing at that Barney pic!

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    1. Collin did the Barney/Miley hook-up pic last night when he got home from work!

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  2. I remember one Disney girl who kept her style was Annette Funicello.

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    1. Back then, the Mousketeers didn't seem so desperate to distance themselves from the studio that launched their careers!

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    2. Yes, Eve I was thinking the same thing! Is it the generation? Is it the (bottled) water? Are things going to hell in a hand basket? It's a distancing thing, but in the negative. If I were her mother I would have slapped her silly--then denounced her and told her I never wanted to see or speak to her again until she cleaned up her act. But... that's just me.
      Good piece, Norma, dear!

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    3. Lorelei--her mother's her manager. Which tells you a lot.

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  3. What's that parents say about their children...'its just a stage she's going through' :))))

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    1. I think they'd really like to believe that. My parents always hoped I'd grow up one day!

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  4. Ah, the train wreck that is the Miley Demon....

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  5. The thing about celebrities is that their stupidity hangs out there for all the world to see and remember. That makes it harder for them to live down the stupid stuff later, unlike us ordinary people who do dumb things that everyone forgets except for those tiny few close to us!

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    1. One one hand, there are actors desperate to protect their privacy, like Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry--and then there are the Mileys, who go out of their way to make a spectacle of themselves.

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  6. It's definitely not a positive image she's conveying for all the young people who looked up to her more wholesome "Hannah Montana"; but, is it our place to judge what she does with her life? Sure, her actions are more public than the average woman her age and you're entitled to not agree with it, but what difference does it make to us?

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    1. It shouldn't--but when any of us, actors, singers, artists, and yes, even writers, put our worst behavior out there for the world to see, people are going to respond, for better or worse.

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  7. When I see her all I want to do is send her through a car wash.
    And yes as Carla said what difference does it make to us... well the fact that she and thousands of people think it is OK to act like this. Have you watched any of the "reality' shows where people yell, scream, name calling and bully others. Or even worst the Teenage Moms. This has become the behavior norm now ! This is how people act now because they see it all around. Two minutes of fame.
    As I understand she wanted to dace naked. What is left ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I actively avoid reality shows! I know why they're popular (goes back to that inability to not look at that wreck on the highway), but I've never felt a need to be reminded of the stupidity in our world.

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  8. I liked Hannah Montana -- it was fun, mindless entertainment. Well, at least Miley's still mindless ...

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    1. I couldn't have said it better, Mark!

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  9. I never saw Miley until that infamous twerk thing. So, she's a singer? Was she singing while twerking? I couldn't tell. Her tongue was sticking out so much she couldn't have been singing much.

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    1. She sang just before that, but I couldn't tell you anything about her current music. All I remember is the twerking, the ugly bit with her tongue, and the vulgar (not sexy) dance!

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  10. She's beautiful and talented. I don't understand why she feels the need to do what she's doing. Sad.

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    1. It is...and it's totally unnecessary! It seems to me the performers who stand the test of time refrain from using gimmicks and rely solely on their talent. Anybody ever see Sinatra or Streisand doing stupid things onstange to get attention?

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  11. I totally step away from all this showbiz celebrity stuff. I wish this young woman good health, happiness, love and peace. Take care
    x

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    1. I hope she finds it, Old Kitty--but I have a feeling she'll crash and burn first.

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  12. Miley got lucky Hannah Montana, a combination of average cuteness and average singing that was fun because average didn't threaten. I would think she knows this. There's nothing she can do about the average singing so she's dumped cuteness for bizarre attention, all very calculated, I think, that will be turn her into a has-been because she can't keep topping herself. Do I care about how she's getting there? Yes, for her as a person and the sick role-modeling. For some, enough is never enough -- but an envelope pushed too far eventually goes over the edge.

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    1. You know, it didn't occur to me until early this morning that there's been so much trash involved in her performances, I hadn't been listening to the music--I was too distracted. I was still in bed, it was dark, my radio was on, and I heard "Wrecking Ball" for the first time.

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  13. Of course, this is all premised on the assumption that she HAS SINGING TALENT. We know she has the Embarrassment talent down- as for the voice?????

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  14. Alas, I don't know anything about her music. I am one of those people who only know her for her antics...even if she's (as you say) a *singer*! But I agree, anything's possible!

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    1. I think that's going to work against her. Too many people only know her from the trash.

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  15. It really is sad. My daughter looked up to her a lot, and now when she sees Miley's pic she's like,huh?? But on the other hand, I get why Miley's acting out, trying to shed that good girl image. Except, these girls always think it has to be trashy, and it doesn't. You can still be classy and have personality. It's a lack of creativity, is what it is. They're falling back on the tired old "sex sells" theory, and it's total lame-o. Hopefully she'll grow out of it.

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    1. I've always thought performers who resorted to such ridiculous antics found it necessary because they couldn't rely solely on their talent to find success. There are plenty of singers in her age group who have done great without stripping and simulating sex onstage.

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