Miley Cyrus: Playing us for Fools

Published by adviser, Author: Casey Young, Date: September 12, 2013
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Say what you will, but Miley Cyrus knows how to create a lot of hype.  Ever since her risqué and provocative performance on the Video Music Awards show, August 25, Miley Cyrus has been the subject of many conversations.  Even many of the professors around campus have found a way to comment on Miley’s performance during classes this week.

Do not be fooled, Cyrus is completely aware of what she is doing.  Over two and a half years have gone by since the final episode of the Disney hit TV show “Hannah Montana” aired.

Without a lot of great singing and acting ability, Miley Cyrus has maintained a household name.

Sure, her tactics are risky, but every famous singer in history has received flack for a risky performance or dance move.

Elvis was criticized for shaking his hips, Michael Jackson dared to grab himself on stage, and Janet Jackson shocked everyone by exposing her breast during the halftime show at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Audiences around the world secretly love all the bold performances that catch a lot of criticism.  We just can not help but want to see what happened.

Even if your moral principles do not match up with what Miley Cyrus displays for the world to view, you have to admit it is easy to be pulled into the discussions because you have an opinion on her activities.  She is banking on it.  The only way she stays relevant is continuing the gossip.

Just this week, on September 9, Miley Cyrus’s new music video for the song Wrecking Ball debuted on Vevo.  Even more scantily dressed, Cyrus stars in the latest video to steal the record for the most views on Vevo in a 24-hour period.  The video received 19.3 million views in one day.

I am not buying all of the criticism directed at Ms. Cyrus.  She is merely supplying what society demands.  If we all quit talking about her videos and performances, stopped searching for our own viewing pleasure, and cease to join in on the social media rampage, Miley would be out of a job in Hollywood.

I predict the young singer/actor will be around for years to come because she will continue her risky and provocative performances.

Why would she stop?  She has already booked a gig as the host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” October 5.  If the recent trends continue, there will be a huge audience watching to see what Miley does next.

If you are opposed to Cyrus’s antics, do not tune in.  I dare you.

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