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From Disney to Twerking: Miley Cyrus’ evolution, and America’s devolution
FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/28/2013 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 08/28/2013 7:25:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

When I was around ten years old, my mom decided that my younger sisters and I should not watch the most popular children’s show of the time, Power Rangers. She feared that the violence of the show would make us more likely to be aggressive, especially given the fact that every time she picked us up from school, at least two of the other kids in the class would be kicking each other while shouting slogans from the show. So she made us a deal: we wouldn’t watch Power Rangers, and she would pay an extra fee so we could get the Disney Channel.

At the time, this was a good deal. This was the mid-1990s, just before the advent of the teen star creation machine that Disney Channel became. But as time went on and my younger sisters grew up, my parents began to notice a disturbing trend: all of the young, fresh kids on the Disney Channel turned out to be the worst possible life examples as they got older. Britney Spears morphed from bubble gum-popping kid to jailbait with bare midriff and modified Catholic schoolgirl uniform. Then she collapsed altogether. Lindsey Lohan morphed from the cute kid in The Parent Trap to the disaster area star of The Canyons. Christina Aguilera transformed from the title singer of Mulan to Xtina. Hillary Duff went from Lizzie McGuire to Gossip Girl, where instead of participating in a comic duo with her cartoon self, she participated in a threesome.

And then there’s Miley Cyrus.

Cyrus was the most successful of all of the young Disney Channel stars. Hannah Montana made her a global name, allowing her to overcome the quasi-stigma of her “Achy-Breaky Heart” father. She became a billion dollar industry. And then she did what Disney Channel knew she would and the rest of Hollywood thought she should: she “grew up.”

By “grew up,” Hollywood meant that Miley would have to become a sexually aggressive, pseudo-promiscuous Madonna-slut, gyrating before millions. To make it worse, Miley would have to act out the pathetic sexual fantasies of pedophilic anime. And so she did. On the Video Music Awards this week, Cyrus reached the apex of her crass and unsexy cynicism. She’d already turned her movie career into an exploration of her sexuality (see LOL). She’d already begun tweeting pictures of herself frolicking like a drunk New Orleans college girl. But at the VMA, she went all the way: she popped out of a giant teddy bear, dressed in a onesie with a teddy bear outlining every body party. She stuck out her tongue like some odd sort of pornographic iguana, humped the teddy bear, stuck her face between the buttocks of another bear, touched her privates like a knock-off Michael Jackson, bent down and “twerked” (gyrating the genitals in imitation of sex).

That was for starters.

Then, getting creative, she grabbed a giant foam finger from the crowd, rubbed it across her crotch repeatedly. When Robin Thicke, the singer of “Blurred Lines,” arrived to sing his hit, Cyrus went up to him, rubbed the foam finger across his crotch, leaned forward to nuzzle his ear, and bent over to twerk right at his genital level. It was simulated sex onstage before 10.1 million people.

Even those in the Hollywood crowd were shocked by the level of exhibitionistic vulgarity Cyrus displayed. Will Smith and family (Smith, his wife, and his two children) looked on unamused. Rihanna, no stranger to sexualization, frowned glumly.

But this, said the press, was Cyrus growing up. Yes, she was out of control. Yes, she was perverse. But she had shed her little girl image, and done what Tinseltown demanded: she had gotten sexed up.

Not that Cyrus was forced into it. Cyrus knows where her bread is buttered; there’s a reason she ended up at the top of Maxim’s Top 100 despite being on few men’s wish list. But we live in an era in which entering adulthood means discarding innocence. Sin has become maturation. And that is a devastating message, especially for children.

This is the true danger of Cyrus and those who both preceded her and follow in her footsteps: not that she is any different from Madonna, but that her career path suggests to young girls that growing up means giving themselves away, and that empowerment means debasement. But Cyrus, unlike other women, lives in a world without consequences. She can act like something out of an X-rated funhouse without having to worry about money. She could get pregnant, have the baby, and pay for it to be brought up by others (as so many others in Hollywood have). She has handlers to protect her, press relations gurus to make her seem less unpalatable, and an enormous industry ready to sign her for big bucks for each step she descends on the moral ladder. That’s not true for the millions upon millions of other girls watching thousands scream Miley’s name as she simulates masturbation with a foam finger. There are real consequences for the sort of behavior Miley champions, both spiritual and physical. That’s what adulthood means.

Miley lives in a perennial Never-Neverland created by the industry that needs cannon fodder like her to shock the masses into opening their wallets. She will never need to be an adult. But the girls who watch her will. And if they are shown lies about what adulthood means, they will learn the hard way that adolescent behavior gets punished, not rewarded, in the real world.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: disney; mileycyrus; mtv; twerking
FROM HANNAH MONTANA, TO THIS IN JUST A FEW YEARS....


1 posted on 08/28/2013 7:25:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Perfect example of why MTV got fired from producing the Super Bowl halftime shows.

Were it not for “wardrobe malfunction” this would have occurred on the field at MetLife Stadium.


2 posted on 08/28/2013 7:34:23 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Miley Cyrus’ exhibition is the product of an immature young woman and terribly bad management.

she wants to transition from ingénue to adult roles and her manager either convinced her that this was the way to do it, or she bulldozed over her manager. Either way it was a major mistake.

If she thinks that this was the way to boost her record sales — just look at which female singer rules the airwaves. Adele just stands at the microphone in a black dress and big hair and rips the roof off.

Poor management kills more careers than drugs and laziness.


3 posted on 08/28/2013 7:38:13 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Not that Beyonce was any better.

4 posted on 08/28/2013 7:39:29 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ( July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Sex sells.

Madison Avenue has been using sex for years to hype products completely unrelated to the reproductive function. And we as a nation rewards Madison Avenue by falling for the stunt.

Sex sells.

Miley is by no means the first women (or girl, if you prefer) to go this route. The days of Annette Funnichello, Gale Storm, Mary Tyler More, Lucille Ball being big, well-paid starts are pretty much gone. The tabloids are full of stories of movie starlets' decisions to "bare all"

Sex sells.

And the United States people buy it.

5 posted on 08/28/2013 7:43:59 AM PDT by asinclair (Political hot air is a renewable energy resource)
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To: SeekAndFind

WOW...in my time girls wanted to be like Annette. I miss the America of my youth.


6 posted on 08/28/2013 7:44:51 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: Wordkraft

RE: Adele just stands at the microphone in a black dress and big hair and rips the roof off.

The difference is Adele CAN SING.

Miley? She’s trying to cover up her vocal inadequacies by acting risque and in the end exposing herself as nothing but a pitchy stripper.

She’s still some privileged white girl who used to be a Disney princess, and her attempt to appear otherwise was a fail. Her desperate try-hardness is what had me covering my face in second hand embarrassment. The girl just doesn’t have that kind of talent at all.


7 posted on 08/28/2013 7:45:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Alas, Brave New Babylon

(link to the Free Republic thread)


8 posted on 08/28/2013 7:52:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

Camille Paglia nails this epic fail of vulgarity here...
http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/27/pops-drop-from-madonna-to-miley/?iid=op-main-lead


9 posted on 08/28/2013 8:00:46 AM PDT by exPBRrat
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To: SeekAndFind

If I may speak for those of my sex, let me say I found the video a breath of fresh air. Since things such as this can now be watched on TV, at home and at a convenient hour, no longer do men need to stay up late, ruin their health with alcohol and spend their paychecks at stripper bars to see such a show.


10 posted on 08/28/2013 8:02:47 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: SeekAndFind
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11 posted on 08/28/2013 8:04:40 AM PDT by SkyDancer (A white woman would be accused of racism if she gave birth to a white baby.)
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To: Conservative4Ever

If I had a choice of when to live I would go back to “Happy Days” and live next door to the Cunningham’s


12 posted on 08/28/2013 8:06:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Stay classy, Beyonce./s
13 posted on 08/28/2013 8:14:12 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: Mr. K

Those were the days my friend...

Unfortunatly we live in the days when America

elects a person like we have now in the WH and

MS being allowed to do that porn show

Depressing.


14 posted on 08/28/2013 8:20:25 AM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: SeekAndFind

Adele - pregnant and not married. Not a good example


15 posted on 08/28/2013 8:28:24 AM PDT by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why is she any different than Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan? They were Disney brats as well.................


16 posted on 08/28/2013 8:28:59 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SeekAndFind

The entire audience of the MTV Music Awards ceremony could be described as excess population. Cyrus is just the next logical step in societal devolution.


17 posted on 08/28/2013 8:29:33 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
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To: Red Badger
Why is she any different than Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan? They were Disney brats as well.................

I don't know which is worse, Miley Cyrus' live poll dancing, or Britney Spear's "comeback" with Madonna several years ago (in another award show I prefer to forget ):


18 posted on 08/28/2013 8:32:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Mr. K

I guess you haven’t checked in with Joanie, lately...


19 posted on 08/28/2013 8:34:21 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Mr. K

The Cleavers would be my choice.


20 posted on 08/28/2013 8:34:56 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: SeekAndFind

I remember Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks remarking that it was ‘disgusting’............


21 posted on 08/28/2013 8:37:49 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Conservative4Ever

Remember when Awards shows were all about crying and thanking every person they had ever known since birth?.............


22 posted on 08/28/2013 8:39:21 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: SkyDancer

Newsroom : Sources Warn Miley Cyrus Will Be Depleted by 2013

Uploaded on Jul 1, 2008
http://youtu.be/HOgj2etJs3Y

The Onion just NAILED IT! At least watch the first 20s, they were more prescient than any futurist/psychic you can name. LOL


23 posted on 08/28/2013 8:44:29 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: stormer

never much cared for Joanie

Joanie loves Chachi made me want to throw up


24 posted on 08/28/2013 9:06:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Two birthday parties. On the left is the former Disney star. On the right is Sasha Grey, a former porn star who now works as a mainstream actress, a fashion model, an author and musician. Pictures can speak volumes.


25 posted on 08/28/2013 10:02:03 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: Red Badger; Mr. K

I remember award shows any award show pre 1965 where the women wore gorgeous gowns, jewelry and furs and the men in evening dress- polite, well spoken and clean humor. What the hell happened!! I miss the America of my youth. And the Cunninghams were middle America. 1950’s were pretty awesome overall.


26 posted on 08/28/2013 9:23:22 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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