Ok, so this isn't exactly going to be a rant akin to the towel-covered head of some guy who complained about the treatment Britney Spears was receiving. Heck, I don't even really want to defend Spears. She has kids and has acted terribly irresponsibly, and that I really do not approve of.
More generally, I couldn't care less what celebrities do in their private lives. Mostly I ignore that sort of thing. Mostly I ignore Miley Cyrus, for that matter. My daughter does, too, simply because she's too young (at 3 2/3) to really know what is going on gossip-wise anyway. But since she does watch Miley and want lots of Miley-stuff, I have paid more attention than I otherwise have, and so I have noted the various "scandals" that have popped up in the media, including something about pulling her eyes (oh no, racial slur!) or saying bad things about rival Disney stars or some other such nonsense. Suffice it to say, pretty vanilla stuff. It isn't like she was found covered in her own vomit from a heroin overdose after shooting eight-balls.
Nothing I've seen indicates she is acting any different than your typical 16 year old - it is just that when she does it, it gets broadcast. What partly compelled me to bother writing about this was an article I saw (really two articles) about Miley. I'd link to them but now I can't find them. The articles were a point-counter-point - one saying she's a good role model, the other saying she isn't. The "bad" Miley article discounted any notion that she was acting like a typical teen, as the author noted she taught teens and knew plenty who were much better behaved than Miley. I had to laugh when I read that. I'm sure the teens were plenty well behaved around the author - what the author never sees is how those teens act when they are with other teens, no adults in sight. I'm sure she'd have had a very different picture.
Now, not all teens do crazy stuff, but all teens do stupid stuff. I had a slice of that on my computer one day. I have many sitters for my two kids. The very first sitter we had has always been very well behaved and a model citizen when she's been here. Obviously we trust her. But one day I discovered a whole bunch of pictures on my computer that she must have downloaded from her camera (which was fine, I had let her plug her camera into our computer before to charge it and such). She probably just forgot to delete them when she was done. In any case, at first I couldn't figure out what they were, but then I saw she was in some of them and the mystery was solved. It was pictures she'd taken with her friends, when no adults were around. No, nothing naughty, all relatively tame teen stuff, but still, she was posing and doing silly things that she'd never done in front of us. I'd almost thought of her just as another adult - the pictures reminded me that she was also a teenager and what that really meant. I'm sure if the pictures (and every other tiny detail of her life) were placed online, disparaging remarks might be made about her, but really, she's just a typical teen doing what typical teens do.
So really, it is kind of annoying to see so much being made out of basically teen nonsense, just because it is Miley Cyrus doing it. Hell, I think it is refreshing to see she's just a typical teen in her behaviors.
I think the complaints are almost Victorian in character - then again, so is our country. We pretend to the world at large that everyone is prim and proper while ignoring what really goes on behind closed doors. I wonder what a society would be like that didn't let people get away with that fake Victorianism. In any case, leave Miley alone! (said only slightly tongue-in-cheek).
4 years ago