Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Just Remember What Happened to Lot's Wife....

Unless you've been living under a rock the past year or so, you know Miley Cyrus has gone from Disney girl to Tramp Queen in record time. From her performance at the Video Music Awards to her Wrecking Ball video...it seems she's trying a little too hard to distance herself from Hannah Montana, the Disney Channel series that made her a star.

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.

(Photo credit: Vibe.com)

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.


32 comments:

  1. I'm in your camp, Norma, I'm not sure why people write/read erotica. I'm uncomfortable with such things.
    I've got a 4th book in series coming out in which there is one graphic sex scene. It takes a lot of time to actually write these scenes, as you know, and not sound redundant. I remember buying one book by a well known author, and didn't know that's what she wrote and I simply had to stop reading it. The animal/human thing was getting to me.
    Once Miley can't think of anything new, and she gets a little too old to look good doing it, I think that will be the end of it. However, there'll probably be a dozen more to take her place. If parents don't like it, why do they let their kids see it?

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    1. True...there's only so many ways to do it. Even the Kama Sutra has limits!

      I used to write graphic sex scenes. Now I don't want to read it or write it.

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  2. I don't know that I think it's lack of self-respect. This is where Miss Miley is right now and it's working for her. She's even found her name on the way to this very post.

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    1. I should hope she finds it, Ivy--if she doesn't, tagging it was a big ol' waste of time.

      To be fair, she does seem to restrict her antics to the stage. Unlike Bieber, I don't think there are any Miley mug shots out there....

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    2. I never heard one of his songs before. I really don't know much about him. Didn't know about the mug shot either.

      Either way, people are talking about both of them, and that seems to help their bank accounts.

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    3. It most certainly does...and that's why those outraged parents are wasting their time protesting.

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  3. Like Madonna, Miley will get wrinkles and crinkle away. In the meantime, if parents don't know what's what they need a serious wake up call.

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    1. Nobody wants to see Madonna naked any more!

      I can't sympathize with parents who bought concert tickets and ended up shocked. Her onstage routines are no secret.

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  4. Miley has certainly found a niche right now, but whether there's lasting power in it remains to be seen... I so wish musicians would just concentrate on making good music (not a tall order, eh?)

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    1. That's why I stopped going to concerts. I'm only interested in the music, and the circus acts are overpriced beyond reason.

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  5. Miley certainly is getting her name out there one way or another :) oh my Norma, I did try to read 50 Shades just see what the hype was about..it was sooooo badly written I only managed the first few pages, didn't even get to the sexy bits :)

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    1. That's what I've heard. The writing is terrible, yet it's making a fortune. It doesn't take a psychic to know why!

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    2. It's true what they say Norma.. Sex sells.. but Anais Nin did it so much better oui :)

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  6. She was packaged and handled as a kid in this Disney marketing stunt that was Hannah Montana, just like however many other child stars they've used for their programming, and now that she got free of that version of stardom, and thinks she's grown up (she's not), she's pulling this sort of pay attention to me crap instead of letting her music speak for itself. I think deep down she knows her music's not capable of speaking for itself.

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    1. She kinda reminds me of the little girl trying to play dress-up in Mommy's clothes to feel like an adult.

      But then, that would suggest Mommy was a pole dancer....

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  8. I actually think that Miley has a great voice - I saw her sing on SNL, no sexy dance, fully clothed, just raw emotional singing, and she was quite good. Perhaps the issue is not her, but the industry, which exploits people into thinking that they need to sell sex in order to be famous. She's certainly not the first to fall victim to this. And we're not helping the issue by calling her "Tramp Queen" and "Slut City". I think it's sad that women of today demean one another like that just because they don't fall into some image we all think women should be. What happened to working together to empower women? She's doing something different, who cares? If we spent half as much time on important world issues as we do talking about celebrities, perhaps the world would be a better place.

    As for sex in stories, you're allowed to not have an interest in it, just as much as others can have an interest. But just as you're happy to make a living as an author, so are the people who write about sex. They're just doing it differently and I don't think that they've intentionally "crawled in a gutter to get rich", that just happens to be a side effect.

    Just my opinion. :)

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    1. I like her music. But I have to admit that I didn't really hear Wrecking Ball until it was on the radio. The stage act commanded the attention to the point that the song was pushed to the background.

      The point I was trying to make was that the protesting parents knew what they were getting when they bought their tickets, and raising a stink about it will not make it go away. As long as there's a market for it, it will continue.

      I've been there. I wrote heavy-on-the-sex novels. Now I wish I hadn't. Yes, I made good money. But does any writer really want to be known for just sex scenes?

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    2. Yes, I can see how if you saw the video first, the song would be lost, which is unfortunate because it is a decent song.

      And I agree, raising a stink when she doesn't hide who she is is ridiculous. I don't think parents should be surprised by her concert since her image is all over the media.

      I suppose some writers don't mind being known for just sex scenes or they wouldn't go out of their way to write them. But there are also many writers known for many other wonderful writing and scenes. It's the same as actors, singers, etc. being known for particular roles (in a bad way) even though they may have many underrated films where their acting is superb. Ashton Kutcher is one who comes to mind (Dude Where's My Car versus The Butterfly Effect).

      Anyway, I love this debate and am glad you ask questions that make one think! :)

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  9. Want to stop behavior like this, just stop buying her albums and concerts.
    She has what she wants everyone is talking about her.
    Parents need to say to their daughters this is unacceptable behavior. And you will not support her so called freedom it is all a pitch for money.
    Here in the border city we see such trafficking of women and children from the drug and people smuggling cartels. Women are a way to make money a thing not a person.
    Her walking around naked and playing with her clitoris is just showing
    her lack of respect for her own body. Even though she says different. The reality is we have seen it all before and it got old really fast.
    Goodness I just went on a rant.
    cheers, parsnip

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  10. Gayle--thank you! That's what I've been saying--all of it!

    She said in an interview that kids these days are just mean. When I told William, his response was a suggestion that she was the reason for it.

    Kids see these performers behaving badly and think it's all okay. Nobody has any values anymore.

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  11. Here I thought I was a prude! LOL

    I agree Norma. Those parents don't seem to have been paying attention. Cyrus has gone over to the skank side and there is no going back. Clearly, she is no Julie Andrews.

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    1. Lynn--I'm wondering what planet they've been on the past year or so.

      Skank Side--hah!

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  12. Norma,

    I'm with you. Miley and peeps like her have sold their souls to the devil.

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  13. As long as the media promotes them, the trash will come out to make the dollars.

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  14. @ Shelly: And she had the nerve to tell an interviewer that God wants her to do what she's doing. Uh, I'm pretty sure that's why He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah....

    @ Diane: And the media follows their every move!

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  15. It's strange how many Disney stars end up this way. Remember Lindsay Lohan? I rather pity them.

    If I had a child that age who wanted to act, I'd think twice about putting them in a Disney series or movie.

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  16. Miley should take a cue from Madonna. Her whole career was about shocking people and now look at her. She's still trying to shock people and it just comes across as desperate and creepy.

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  17. @ Cheryl: It seems like only the girls get messed up. Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling came through it unscathed!

    @ Deb: Creepy--that's the word I was looking for!

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  18. My 7 year old daughter always frowns when she sees Miley on the covers of media now. She loved Hannah Montana. I understand she's discovering herself and all , but why does it have to be sleazy? That's never made sense to me.
    And my book club picked and read FSOG but I sat that one out. I'm just not into erotica.

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  19. I was so proud of Ryan Gosling for turning down the lead role in 50 Shades. Money isn't everything. Sure it helps and if I had to feed hungry children then I'd write anything.

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  20. @ PK: For some reason, a lot of young women equate sex with adulthood, not realizing there's so much more to being an adult. There's much to be said for having dignity as well.

    @ Eve: I agree! Kudos to Ryan Gosling for having class and being smart enough to see that it would only damage his career in the long run.

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