Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Miley Cyrus: An Expose

As it has been eons since I've blogged, I've decided now is the perfect time to return to Imaginative Adventure. And what better topic than Miley Cyrus. She's a pretty hot topic right now, and I feel obliged to give my two cents about her transformation. She's trending. I like to be up with the trends!

I've been thinking a lot about Miley Cyrus recently. The media makes it hard not to. Even so, she's been on my mind. Sweet girl turned edgy girl turned hammer licker?

Well, this is a look back on the life and times of Miley Cyrus.

Remember when she first appeared on Disney Channel's show, Hannah Montana. A show where she played the down to earth girl next door who was secretly a huge pop star. Even with all the fame, what mattered most to Miley were her friends and family.

She looked like this:

She wore that bad wig, dressed in glitter, and sang songs about Butterflies. It was adorable and incredibly annoying. But hey, I was not her target audience. Young girls loved her, Target gave Hannah Montana a clothing line, and she even got a feature film. She was a role model. 

Hannah Montana was an entity. A name brand that Miley Cyrus would have to do something drastic to shed. 

Then this happened...

Miley snagged the up and comer Aussie, Liam Hemsworth. She didn't really give America a chance to ogle him without her. He was her ticket out of Montana. 

Then this started to happen...

 This was the new Miley. A Miley with a hot accessory. The edgier Miley. A Miley who stopped singing about butterflies and started singing about how she can't be tamed. And boy was that an understatement...

Next came other things and then ... the haircut.

It was a bit of a shock at first. But who hasn't chopped off all their hair and dyed it bleach blonde? I mean, sometimes you've just got to make a change. And the hair changed her.

At first, she was really cool.

That only lasted for so long. Because then she became really ??? 

 Hannah Montana was gone for good. Replaced by a young woman who thinks it is okay to flaunt her body, advertise drugs, and do inappropriate actions on national television. 

And here is what I've been thinking y'all. We all change. We grow up. That's what happens. Nobody expected Miley to remain sweet and innocent forever. She had an edge that was yearning to come out. That's all fine and well. Her fans have grown up, too. They aren't the same little girls carrying sparkly back packs and singing The Best of Both Worlds. 

But...do they need to start singing about dancing with "molly" and "waiting in line for a line"? Do they need to watch a girl swing around on a wrecking ball without clothes on and then lick a sledge hammer? 

Miley makes a splash. And then in response, the media splashes her all over the front page news. They are condoning what at the same time they are condemning. It doesn't make sense! Miley can be edgy. She can do "whatever she wants." But do we really have to make such a big deal about it? In my opinion, she is kind of starting to look like an idiot. She isn't Lady Gaga. It might not be fair to say that Gaga can get away with it while Miley can't. But the difference is that Gaga set the stage this way. She has little monsters. "Freaks" who just want to let their freak flag fly. Miley has "Smilers." I just don't know that these are the same thing. Gaga makes a statement (even though also head scratching sometimes), while Miley is just tacky.  

Miley doesn't have to return to Montana. But maybe she can learn to at least keep her clothes on and her tongue in her mouth. That's what I've got to say about Miley Cyrus. 

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