Miley Cyrus Defends Herself On Twitter (Again)
On Nov. 15, Miley Cyrus tweeted “damned if you do damned if you don’t.” Then she posted “@MileyCyrus SO DO WHAT THE F**K YOU WANT. love always, me.”
While the two tweets seem unconnected, they are both examples of my gurl defending herself. Sadly, Miley has to continually fend off an unyielding media that’s impossible to please (haters). They consistently rake poor Miley over the coals as they berate her antics and performances.
Miley Cyrus is just 20 years old (she turns 21 on Nov. 23), but she has already accomplished more than most singers do in a lifetime.
Miley has three number one albums to HER NAME and that’s not including two as Hannah Montana. She also has seven top ten hits. Her latest single, “Wrecking Ball,” went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 2013. It was the first number one single of Miley’s career. She has sold millions of Miley Cyrus tickets all over the world and has proven she can act (Two and Half Men, Saturday Night Live).
If anyone else had a resume like that, the media would be kissing their “Wrecking Ball” (if you know what I mean). For some reason, when it comes to Miley, the media is never satisfied.
Our heroine recently performed on the UK version of the X Factor. Her magnificent performance was chided for (get this) being too tame. Are you kidding me? All she did was look and sing beautifully on a sand dune. For that, she’s belittled and mocked.
It was ridiculous commentary like that that prompted her now famous “damned if you do damned if you don’t” tweet.
Clearly, the girl faces an unfair double-standard. If she twerks, or smokes a joint (which she did in Amsterdam where marijuana is one-hundred percent legal), then she’s the cause of everything evil in the Western world. If her performance is subdued then she’s boring and lazy. It’s completely unfair and no one of her ilk should have to deal with such a double-standard.
On Nov. 18, Miley revealed that she’s taking some time off to rest her voice. She saw a doctor and he or she prescribed some peace and quiet for her golden pipes. Or as Miley tweeted, she’s “sicky.” How cute is that? Cyrus is such a cultural icon that she’s developing her own language. “Hello boss, I can’t come to work today. I’m sicky.”
Well, the headline on usatoday.com read “Doctors tell Miley Cyrus to shut up.” How disgusting is that? Whoever wrote that headline should be fire. It’s rude, insensitive, and downright mean. The publication would have never written something like that about Beyoncé or Cher or Lady Antebellum.
Cyrus’ voice is her meal ticket. If she can’t sing she can’t earn a living. Does the fish rag know Cyrus is kicking off her “Bangerz Tour” on Feb. 14, 2014 in Vancouver, B.C.? Do they know her trek ends April 24 in Uniondale, New York?
Highlights of her epic 38-date trek include Miley Cyrus in Los Angeles on Feb. 22; Miley Cyrus in Boston on April 2; and Miley Cyrus in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on April 5. Joining her on the road will be her warm-up acts Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira.
Valentine’s Day is still months away but vocal chords are fickle and who knows the seriousness of her voice problems? It’s not out of the question that Miley could be battling throat aliments come February. For usatoday.com to treat her “sicky” with such profligacy and smugness is deplorable. I thought they were better than that (not much better but better nonetheless).
It doesn’t get much worse than the aforementioned headline but it does get much sillier. In a hit piece on CNN.com, former attorney (euphemism for disbarred) Dean Obeidallah claims that Miley Cyrus is addicted to fame.
Okay, maybe she is. Maybe she isn’t. Even if she is she’s like the zillionth person to jones for fame.
Obeidallah accuses Cyrus of mastering “the game of manipulating the media.” Yeah, she has mastered manipulating the media. That’s why she’s a big star. It’s called marketing. All big stars do it and they’ve been doing it since Elvis was swinging his hips.
In case Mr. O hasn’t noticed, record sales aren’t what they used to be. One of the best ways to get yourself and your brand out there is by twerking at the VMAs, puffing some “Mary J.” on European television, and posing naked in a music video. So Mr. Obeidallah, is Miley Cyrus still addicted to fame or just a great business woman?
Later on in the article, Obeidallah compares Cyrus to another fame-addict, Lady Gaga. Of course, saying Lady Gaga is addicted to fame is like saying LeBron James is a little athletic. Obeidallah claims that Lady Gaga is a fame-addict that uses her fame for good—like she’s some sort of super hero. Obeidallah goes so far to claim that Lady Gaga changed the president’s mind on gay marriage! She did no such thing.
There are two things wrong with this line of logic. One, Cyrus has been famous for years but she’s only been riding this latest wave of fame since August. So in the past three months what philanthropic deed was she supposed to have accomplished? Reunify Korea? Fix the Affordable Care Act? Talk Kim Deal into returning to the Pixies?
Second, I think Miley Cyrus is using her fame for good. She using her fame to get across the simple message of “do what you want.” Or to be more specific “do what the f**k you want.” It’s not just something she tweets, it’s something she lives by every day of her life. The sentiment is also infused into music.
Doing what you want is a message that cuts against the grain in this day and age where everyone is trying to be famous. In effect, Miley is telling us to be ourselves. That’s a refreshing and unique point of view. It’s not the fame-worshipping pabulum we’ve come to expect from our vapid famous people.
Cyrus is only 20 years old. She has already shown us that she can mature and she will certainly keep maturing as her career continues. Remember, she’s a true artist. In 2013, she’s all about twerking and recovering from her “sicky,” but next year it will be something else and in five years another thing, and in a decade...
I for one can’t wait to see what the girl has up her sleeve in 2014. Her upcoming tour is going to be off the hook. Why? The answer is simple: Miley Cyrus does whatever she wants to do.
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