Miley Cyrus is all grown up. Just ask her, she’ll tell you. Over and over again. The former Disney star has gone out of her way to shed her squeaky clean image. And, last night at MTV’s Video Music Awards she finally accomplished killing her Hannah Montana alter-ego. And quite possibly lost a lot of fans in the process.
I have no problem with child stars growing up. As they hit their twenties they have every right in the world to sing more mature songs and take on racier roles. However, there seems to be a trend in Hollywood that’s quite alarming. The more “grown up” a child star declares themselves to be, the more they try and push the envelope to prove that they really are an adult (a great example of this- Lindsay Lohan). This usually leads to a little bit or trouble and some time in the press (which can be good or bad depending on what camp you’re in). Miley’s performance at last night’s VMA’s is a great example of a child star who wants to BE a grown up but just isn’t.
If you weren’t as lucky as me to be sitting with your tween watching Miley perform last night, let me give you a re-cap (you can watch the entire eye-popping, revolting thing here too). She came out on the stage in an odd-looking teddy-bear leo, hip thrusting and sticking her tongue out while she sang her popular song “We Can’t Stop” (which will be notably missing from my child’s I-Tunes playlist today). Rosie and I watched a little shocked (as was Will Smith’s family), wondered about the large fuzzy bears and hoped she would go away. She didn’t.
Miley Cyrus joined Robin Thicke on stage singing “Blurred Lines” by ripping off her teddy bear ensemble to reveal a nude colored bikini (I think my child covered her eyes at that point). While the popular press calls what she did “twerking” (making every dance mom in the world shudder), I called it “skanking.” She looked like a stripper trying to get a 36 year-old man’s attention. Since I have a PG-rated blog, I’m not going to go into great detail about her performance but it was not appropriate. Period.
And, to be honest. It wasn’t very grown up. She looked like a girl desperate for attention that was going to get it any way she could. Was it outrageous? Yes. And it was offensive. Hey Miley Cyrus, grown ups don’t act that way.