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Can’t stop? Won’t stop?

September 19th, 2013

I hate celebrity gossip. Seriously, I don’t care about what Kate Upton eats or how much money Brad Pitt makes or what Kim Kardashian looks like when she cries. This is unfortunate for me, though, because celebrity gossip is pretty much unavoidable these days. Everytime I hop on Facebook or Twitter or even turn on the radio in my car, I always hear about what so-and-so said the other day and who wore the best outfit on the red carpet and, nowadays, who is swinging naked on a wrecking ball in her newest music video.

Yes, you know exactly who I am talking about now. For the past couple of weeks, our beloved twerker, Miley Cyrus, has been quite the hot topic on any radio show I’ve tuned into or any magazine I’ve picked up. There has been such a buzz about how she’s changed over the years and what a bad role model she has become, and I figured that this would be the perfect place to throw in my two cents about the whole situation.

You can’t deny it, Miley Cyrus was pretty cute when she first appeared on the television scene. I, along with every other girl I knew, was secretly incredibly jealous of her cute little country accent and stylish wardrobe and super catchy songs. Granted, I was 14 at the time, so every Disney star was an idol in my eyes. Anyways, her character on “Hannah Montana” really was rocking the best of both worlds by having an image both of purity and young innocence as well as being an adored pop star. This image became the cement of her stardom.

Now, seeing as how I am not a celebrity in any way shape or form, I can’t really comment from experience on what it is like growing up in the public spotlight. I’m still going to speculate, however, that it is not an easy thing. It’s no secret that sexuality is largely a part of today’s pop culture. The sexier a celebrity is, the more fame they get – it really is as simple as that. This is especially true for female celebrities. When they appear on magazine covers or beauty advertisements, they are presented in such a way as to attract readers. For anyone who has ever picked up an edition of Cosmopolitan, you know how the women on the covers are always pictured: seductively posed in a skimpy outfit with some caption about sex accompanying the picture. As sad a truth as this may be, female celebrities are basically forced to embrace a more sexual image in order to not disappear from the scene. Miley Cyrus is just one of many to give into this.

That being said, this does not excuse her from taking responsibility for the effect her actions have on the young girls who look up to her as a role model. A majority of her fans are impressionable young girls, and what she may or may not realize is that by taking half-nude selfies, she is giving the go-ahead for her young fans to do the same. Her defense for all of her actions has always been the same;  even though she is a celebrity, she is also human and should be allowed to grow up and do reckless teenage-like things like normal kids do without being overly criticized. My response to this is, yes, she is technically allowed to do whatever she wants. No one can stop her from “being herself” and being overly sexual. Just because she is allowed to do something, however, doesn’t mean she should. While she may not have asked for the amount of publicity she has received, she also was not forced to become a teen idol. She should have realized that by embracing her role as a television and music star, she would become an idol for many young girls and her actions would impact the way these girls present themselves.

As for her infamous MTV VMA’s performance, I believe we, as a society, must share the blame for that incident. Now I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure twerking isn’t something you do by accident, especially when you are on stage. She obviously did it with full intention of getting the public all riled up, and succeed she did. People just cannot seem to stop talking about her since her performance, which is probably exactly what she wants. After all, there is no such thing as bad publicity. This makes me think back to what my mom would always tell me when my sisters were annoying me: if you ignore them, eventually they will leave you alone. The same thing should apply to dear old Miley. If everyone wants her to stop being so ratchet, maybe they should just stop giving her so much attention. This is an unlikely solution, though, because high school truly never ends and people will never tire of gossiping about others.