Monday, August 26, 2013

Daddys, Don’t Let Your Daughters Grow Up To Be Miley


Her people probably told her that to keep her career moving forward, she had to shed (shred) any image people may have of her as Hannah Montana.  Well, that’s taken care of.

We now have these uncomfortable and persistent images of this girl, 20 years old going on 35, doing vaguely pornographic things with a foam finger (a huge number of sports social media sites this morning talked about how they’ll never view the foam #1 finger the same way again), grabbing her crotch every few seconds, and “twerking”, as the young folks say.  That’s the word they use for dry-humping on the dance floor.  (Sorry about the crudity, but, that’s what it is.)  With a guy almost old enough to be her father. (Robin Thicke is 36.)

By the way, his dad (Alan Thicke) and mom (Gloria Loring), both veteran show-biz pros, must be quite proud of him, too.

I’m not sure how Miley’s dad Billy Ray has weighed in on his daughter’s latest stunt; and, to be honest, I don’t care.

The ironic part is, by doing exactly what the MTV Awards have become known for – outrageousness – the 20-year-old Cyrus not only gave MTV what it wanted, but gave “her people” a double-dose of what they wanted.  In addition to shattering any wholesomeness which may have remained with her Hannah Montana image, Cyrus has a lot of people talking about her.

Unfortunately, the old saw is true: there is no such thing as bad publicity.  At least not in show-biz.

Of course I didn’t watch the MTV Awards last night.  Are you kidding?  With shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter, Ray Donovan, and even Ice Road Truckers (one of my favorite guilty pleasures) available?  I saw her performance this morning on everything from Headline News (where anchor Robin Meade confessed that they toned down the clip they ran in the prior hour of the show, because of all the e-mails HLN got) to Morning Joe (where Mika, Joe, and the gang had a field day clucking about her performance), and linked to scores of social media posts.

The MTV Awards telecast is designed to push the envelope and create talk.  This year, they finally managed to top the Madonna/Britney Spears kiss (which, by the way, is now a full decade ago).  Shows that feature young women strutting around in the skimpiest of outfits miming sex always remind me of a PBS documentary that ran several years ago about the Iraq war.  When asked why he hated America so much and so desperately wanted Americans out of his country, an Iraqi man told PBS “because we don’t want our daughters to grow up to be Britney Spears”.

Pretty well sums it up.

What did somewhat surprise me this morning was reading the reaction on social media of a number of my daughter’s contemporaries, ranging from “made me uncomfortable” to “what was THAT?”  These are young women very close to my daughter’s age (28 next month), many of them her classmates at LaFollette High.  It’s good to know they’re apparently pretty well grounded and see this sort of thing for what it is.  I know the parents of these young women, so it shouldn’t have surprised me that their daughters reacted with surprise and disapproval.

In the grand scheme of things, Miley’s over-the-top porn routine last night has little, if any significance. Tomorrow, it won’t even be a blip on the radar, and it won’t make news again until next year’s MTV Awards show.

But I don’t think I’m the only father whose reaction was “what kind of father lets his daughter be advised by people like this”.

As comedian Chris Rock said shortly after the birth of his daughter, “My number one job in life has just become keeping my daughter off the pole”.


Yup.

10 comments:

  1. Her old man should be castrated and then hung.

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  2. Must...resist...urge...to make...off color joke...about...castrated...and... hung.

    Seriously, she was way over the top with that one, and it can't possibly help her career unless she wants to be a porn film star.

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    1. Respectfully disagree. It WILL "help" her career. Look what this sort of thing did for Madonna...still making a fortune into her "mid-age" years; Britney Spears certainly cashed in on her antics, not the least of which was the notorious "oh, my - I forgot to wear panties" photos which were widely circulated a decade ago. The list is long indeed of young female performers who have cashed in on deliberately raunchy behavior. Did you see the latest? Some Marine Sergeant has created a viral YouTube video begging the little tart (Cyrus) to go with him to the Marine Ball. As I said above, in show biz, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

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    2. I was surprised to see Robin Thicke's wife, actress Paula Patton, was OK with the act. Maybe she draws the line at actual humping.

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  3. Tim, respectfully disagree to your comment.

    The way it reads you are saying the benefit to her own pocket (and should I also add in particular to the producers) is a valid global justification for moving forward in this direction, regardless of consequences in particular to others and society as a whole. Based on this interpretation, here is where many will disagree:

    First you will certainly agree the target public catered to with this show and by the producer is mainly teenagers, tending to sub-teenagers. If that is not the intent of the artist and the show, then you will nevertheless find the vast majority of spectators to actually be from this category.

    This category represents children who are not mature, and note in particular, also legally considered not to be so. Among other they are still in the learning/formating phase of their life, with regard to what is fundamentally right, wrong, good and bad, and with regard to sain moral values.

    The show preaches and promotes a hostile position towards woman and basic human rights and is influcencing this teenager generation that such attitude, openions and behavior are completely normal, by celebrating the idea in the annual climax show and most popular teenager productions.

    Honestly, I don't see where the difference is between the ideas promoted by the show, and the preachings of certain religions and fanatics that position and preach violence as a way to treat woman because they consider them as sub-humans.

    Your comment as it reads is in full support and endorsement of this, and completely disregards the negative effects on an entire generation growing up and being formated by these values as being the standard values.

    When violence inciting preachers and religious fanatics are cought, they are arrested because their doings are totally illegal, and I am sure you will find that to be perfectly normal.

    So Tim, please explain where the difference is between this violence inciting preacher case, and the show, the producer and the artist who are no different in positioning a disrespectful and violent attitude towards woman and against human rights on a much more global mass scale towards inmature children?


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  4. I can see why you didn't sign your name to this rant, Anony. I don't know how anyone could possibly read what I've written and interpret it in any way other than an expression of my disgust with this "show" and the type of anti-female crap it represents.

    Sarcasm is often difficult to understand, but my sarcasm meter on this post was at around 10%. This kind of "show" should be disgusting to the father of any daughter - as should the fact that the 35-year-old man the 20-year-old girl dry-humped for three minutes walks away from the incident apparently blameless in the public eye. All the hatred and disgust was focused on the girl.

    If you're interpreting my repetition of the idea that no publicity is bad publicity as being OK with the soft-core porn that passes as entertainment on MTV and so many music videos, please be advised that my intent is disgust, not acceptance.

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  6. aww! You actually did a great job, your high-quality with the camera, is like you've been doing TV everlastingly, i imagine is not the identical as your videos at home you know with all those people and illumination around you hahaha I love it. Proud of you. You initiate me to the makeup world, now i receive a lot of good wishes on my makeup and my friends and family always ask me to do their composition for special occasions. Keep the good things coming to you. You astound girl.
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  7. SHE DOES NOT BELONG TO HER FATHER. What do you expect her dad to do - ground her?! She is a 20 year old woman and she can do as she pleases and dress and dance just as provocative as she wants. I agree she has responsibilities that she may have ignored in her performance to the children that idolize her but why place all the blame on her and not the people that designed the show and the costumes and are using Miley to stuff THEIR pockets. You're not getting to the root of the problem, you're just coming across as an ignorant, sexist who thinks all women should be 'respectable' and are the property of their father. If you where going to criticize Miley at all, why not criticize some real issues like her appropriation of black culture and the exploitation of the black backing dancers who participated in the show? And why ignore Robin Thicke's wrong doings? This whole article made me cringe.

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  8. This is amazing! I am scheduling for the coming school year which starts in 2 months. What are the hooks you are using on your wall to have the tradition of the week?
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