I think it’s safe to say the days of Hannah Montana are long gone for Miley Cyrus. She’s left behind the Disney Channel, the blonde wig and most of her clothes. We all inevitably transition and change as we age, so maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to judge Cyrus.
Cyrus’ behavior has attracted a large amount of attention. Between twerking on Robin Thicke at the Video Music Awards and flying naked on a wrecking ball, the young starlet has been deemed rebellious — her decisions being considered scandalous and somewhat inappropriate.
I’m not a huge fan of Cyrus, but I do respect her for the choices she has made.
Fans that grew up with her and feel put out because of her new image are not actually entitled to anything.
I hate to break it to you, but you don’t actually know Miley Cyrus. She doesn’t owe you anything and she is allowed to change and do whatever she wants. If she wants to cut her hair and you don’t like it, well that really has nothing to do with you.
Cyrus has grown up in a world that is vastly different from that of the average person. Her dad being famous would have no doubt impacted her, making her childhood different than most people — if she even had one at all.
For most of her life Cyrus has been under the public eye which has scrutinized and judged her every move, be that personal or professional. I can only imagine how difficult that would be to deal with.
Being confined to the Hannah Montana image for most of her career could also cause Cyrus to want to leave that behind and present herself in a very different way. But here’s the thing: just because Hannah was where she gained her popularity and fame doesn’t mean that that’s the person she is. She was playing a role, and that character is in no way the person she is.
To say that she’s changed and she’s different now is true as far as the public eye is concerned. But this also isn’t really a fair statement. Maybe this is who she has been all along and she was just repressing that part of herself during her Disney days.
In MTV’s mini-documentary Miley: The Movement, Cyrus says that this part of her life “is not a transition; it’s a growth and a movement.”
I don’t know a single person who hasn’t changed at some point in their life.
Everyone changes, everyone tries something new and there’s always going to be someone who doesn’t agree with you. Being a young adult, she is just doing what the rest of us are all trying to do: figure out who we are and how we want that to shape and embody our lives.
Granted Cyrus is doing so in a very different way than most of us — and yes, some of her behavior can be considered inappropriate or vulgar. It’s different, but that doesn’t always have to mean that it’s bad.
Cyrus embodies the idea of doing what is right for you, being who you feel you are meant to be, trying different and crazy things and giving absolutely no fucks about the repercussions of your actions.
And you know what? That is appealing to a large number of our generation. Whether or not this is a good thing is another debate. But it is entirely applicable to North American culture. Her music and performances make life seem like a big, fun and crazy party.
Expressing yourself however you choose to do so is not only something that takes guts, but it is also something that can be respected and, for her fans, something that can be admired.
She has taken several risks, put herself out there in a completely new way and separated herself from other artists by creating her own distinct image.
She’s an entertainer. Were you on some level entertained by her performance at the VMA’s? Probably, even if it wasn’t positive entertainment. She is just doing her job and experimenting as an artist and a person.
My point is that everyone goes through different phases or transitions in their lives where they do different things. Maybe Cyrus will look back on these years with regret or maybe she will look back and only have good things to say.
Her choices are her own and at the end of the day if she’s happy with what she’s done, then who are we to judge her for her actions?
Shedding the innocent Disney image might not have to include also shedding the majority of her clothes, and it could probably be done with less tongue flicking.
But regardless, it’s a learning process and she is still a human being who can and will make mistakes — just like the rest of us.
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