Opinion: She's not a (total) wreck
Miley Cyrus demands attention, and we give it to her
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 23:10
Miley Cyrus is releasing her new album “Bangerz” on Friday and I can’t help but wonder, are people going to listen to her songs because of all the ridiculous antics or because there is genuine interest and excitement for her music?
People are all over the board when it comes to Miley. Love her or hate her — you can’t deny she is everywhere. She has been famous since she first started on “Hannah Montana” and that fame only continues to grow. Remember when her shows were sold out by millions of little girls all screaming their lungs out while their poor parents stood angrily by, ears bleeding as they were forced to listen to and watch “Throwdown” performed?
After her stunt on the VMAs — met with shock and awe and some disgust — she skyrocketed into a new realm of fame. Now, a different crowd is gathering and parents are sliding their hands over their children’s eyes, shielding them from the Miley “freak show.”
Many critics claim she is crying for attention, screaming out that she is now a grow-up and an adult, because everyone knows that adulthood is comprised of naked rides on construction equipment.
The truth is, Miley knows exactly what she is doing. The VMA performance was not spur of the moment performance, but one that was calculated and planned for some time. Just like Lady Gaga, Miley knows that the more absurd and outrageous her presentation, the more attention she will gain. Fame is the goal when you are a young pop singer, even if that fame brings more people laughing behind your back than fans.
What frustrates me about Miley is that she actually is a talented singer. You can still catch glimpses of her country drawl and her unique, raspy voice. Mind you, I am not one to listen to pop music, but you can find videos of her singing on YouTube that are surprisingly good. Really, check them out — she does a decent cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”
Unfortunately, her talent is masked by her need for the spotlight. Granted, if she didn’t act out in the way she has, would she be talked about in homes all across the globe? Doubtful. And her voice would probably be lost in a sea of singers, if we’re being honest. All that crazy isn’t so crazy — it’s just a part of her strategy.
So what does all this say about stardom and celebrity? In order to be famous, do people have to throw dignity out the window, shave their heads and stick out their remarkably long tongues? Seriously, her tongue is so long. It’s like a chameleon.
Her transformation for “Bangerz” shows her desperation to strip off the layers of Hannah and Disney and emerge as something edgy and sexy. Through the process, she is stirring up controversy, losing old fans and acquiring some new ones. The album definitely doesn’t sound like any of her old stuff, but maybe that’s what the people are demanding.
The funny thing about all of this is she isn’t original. Everyone is talking about her public persona like this is something new and innovative, but all celebrities know that if they want some instant fame, they only need to act like a crazy person. This doesn’t mean they’ll be taken seriously or treated like a real artist.
I don’t know what to think about Miley. On one hand, I am sad to see someone change so much to be famous when maybe her singing talent could get her there. On the other hand, if I talk about how depressing it is to see her transformation into trashy, then I would have to say that about a lot of other teenagers growing up. Unfortunately for her, her childhood has been lived in front of everyone. I bet if we looked into homes across the world, we would probably find a lot of Miley Cyruses.