Monday, September 23, 2013

Media Moment "Miley, You're a Good Girl"

”How dare she try to use sex to sell pop music….”
Miley Cyrus’s performance at the VMA’s this year was a little shocking, to say the least, and yes I admit that I was one of those people slut shaming her for a week, saying that she was trying too hard, etc. 
And you know, the fact that she may be trying too hard (and the fact that it was all a publicity stunt which I still think is genius), is not her fault. Jon LaJoie, a comedian, explains it all in his song “Miley, You’re a Good Girl”.
Though he claims it to only be comedy, he brings up such a good point in the chorus:
“We want topless women in our music videos
We want pop stars acting like they’re in a porno
We want it and we always get what we ask for
But when Miley does it we say “Oh my God No!!”
And the last two lines of the second verse:
“And we’ll be cool with videos with women prancing around naked
And it won’t be sexist as long as the song’s a number 1 hit”
So I guess what I’m saying is although I don’t particularly like Miley’s constant twerking or her need to stick her tongue out every five seconds while wearing barely any clothing, I can’t say that she’s an awful person for doing it.
Confused and Concerned, 
-Ashley K. 


  1. I think everyone in this industry holds the firm belief that sex sells. When they decide to do such things perhaps they are looking at a quick buck. The shock value definitely leaves the public seeking more. I don't blame her either. She grew up in the public eye and has observed her father's celebrity status. Perhaps her frame of mind too is similar to that of the entertainment industry.

  2. I agree with you. I think that child stars have the need to "prove" they are adults once they come of age by being overly sexual to market towards an adult audience. I think this has a negative effect on young girls because they automatically think that one of the only perks of being older is getting to be "sexy." While I do think that her antics are tasteless, she keeps doing inappropriate things because the media makes a big deal about everything she does. Any press is good press, right ?

  3. I definitely agree with you.
    I believe that the media holds different standards when it comes to men versus women in a variety of aspects such as appearance and behavior. I'm not saying that I agree with with everything that Miley did during her performance, as well as, the section of "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke. However, Miley received much more criticism than that of Robin Thicke. There were many cases in which the whole "twerking" section had been deemed "tacky," "classless," "shameful" and "out of line" but very few people seem to blame Thicke for his contribution to the act. Thicke is a thirty-six year old married man with two children who was grinding on twenty year old Cyrus. On the contrary, Cyrus was also reportedly still engaged to her fiance Liam Hemsworth at the time of this. Overall, I think that this was just a performance clearly crafted for shock value because that is what the VMAs are all about.

  4. I agree. At first I was completely scandalized and my mouth was open with shock through the whole performance but then I thought how is this different from any other performer/actress/celebrity. They all dress that way and make suggestive dance moves. Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, Lady Gaga...what has miley done that they already haven't? The difference is that they entered the industry doing that and Miley started on Disney Channel. On the one hand society wants women to be sexualized but on the other they want to "sheild the young girls" from corrupt influences. Society is just sending mixed signals, no wonder Miley is confused as to how to go about her career!