Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Until Hannah Montana, she was just Billy Ray's daughter.
Once again, she's inspiring outrage in the parents of the young girls who made her rich. Her Bangerz concert tour has been in the news the past few days, the target of angry parents who took their kids to see it. They're demanding concert venues cancel her shows. Rumor has it some have and others are considering taking such action. Though her management company denies the rumors, the evening news reports ticket sales are down--and tickets have turned up online at lower than the retail price.
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I'm no fan of the "new" Miley, but I find myself wondering what those outraged parents were expecting when they took their kids to the concerts. Her change from Disney Darling to Slut City is no secret. She seems rather proud of it, actually. Those parents had to know she'd be going for the shock value.
Don't expect Miley to suddenly go Good Girl again anytime soon. She likes what she's become. And she'll keep doing it as long as enough people are willing to watch her simulate sex onstage. There's an audience for it, to be sure...and not just in music. Novels are also proof that there's a large section of the public that goes for sex in entertainment--the more perverse it is, the more popular it will be. These books make more money than most books currently available on Amazon combined.
Exhibit A: The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy--these three books have made the author, E.L. James, wealthy. I haven't read them myself, but those I know who have say the writing is bad and the sex is disgusting. One author I know returned her hard copy to the bookstore for a refund.
Exhibit B: A series of graphic books--again, I haven't read them and don't even remember the titles or the authors' names--about women forced to mate with Bigfoot. Come on, it doesn't get any creepier than that--yet one of the authors makes a reported $30,000 a month! Ewwwww!
I could probably write this stuff--when I started out, back in the late '80s, I wrote what was considered pretty racy for that time. In one review, Publishers Weekly made a reference to my "trademark high sizzle"--but I no longer have any interest in that sort of thing. I'll be happy to just make a living as an author. I'm not ready to crawl into the gutter to get rich.
Some of us, Miley, still have our self-respect.