How to Lose Fans and Alienate People: The Miley Cyrus Guide
By now you’ve heard about Miley Cyrus’ recent girl-on-girl kiss as she sang her new song “Can’t Be Tamed” on Britain’s Got Talent.
Miley responded to this latest controversy in her official blog:
“I promise you I did not kiss her and it is ridiculous that two media entertainers can’t even rock out with each other without the media making it some type of story… GET OVER IT! NOTHING HAPPENED. THERE ARE WAYYYYYYY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN THE WORLD.”
I don’t buy that bull for a second. Celebrities like Miss Cyrus have choreographers that craft every move that’s made on the stage, as well as paid image consultants and publicists. She knew what she was doing. She wanted a reaction and she got it.
This isn’t her first time in the hot seat. There is an entire website dedicated to covering Miley Cyrus scandals. There were the mysteriously leaked racy cell phone pictures that included a side shot of Miley in the shower wearing only a white tee, photos on a 50 year-old director’s Twitter page of her giving him a lap dance, and her performance of Party in the USA where she stopped short of a pole dance. The Vanity Fair pics taken by Annie Liebovitz caused quite a stir because of the strangely sexual pose with her father and the shot of her naked, covered only by a white sheet.
Losing friends and alienating people is kind of old hat for the teen queen. She slammed Twilight fans, comparing them to a cult. She posted a YouTube video with her friend, Mandy Jiroux, poking fun of Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, her fellow Disney stars. Last year she was under fire for a photo of her pulling at the corner of her eyes in a mock-Asian gesture, accompanied by several squinting friends.
For that photo she apologized, saying:
“In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy?”
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera preceded Miley in causing controversy in their transition from teen queen to adult star. It’s too bad Miley didn’t learn from their example. On the other hand, I believe these girls are practically pushed into adopting trampy images. Sex sells. That’s what they say, whoever they are. Probably the people whose wallets get fatter the more clothes these girls shed.
It’s too bad that inspirational teens don’t get a lot of press. One local example of an under-publicized teen is the 2010 Arizona Youth of the Year winner, Romonia Dixon of Tempe. (Watch her outstanding, motivational speech here.) She was raised a vagabond, sometimes sleeping on a sidewalk or being split from her family so each person could have a warm place to stay for the night. At 19, Romonia volunteers for “Read to Me,” a program for youth at a shelter where she once lived. She organizes food drives and ensures the park next to the Boys & Girls Club she belongs to is kept clean. Even with her social work, Romonia didn’t neglect her academics. She recently graduated third in her class at Tempe High School with a 3.92 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of her varsity basketball team. She will be attending Arizona State University and has already been accepted into the Barret Honor College.
Romonia Dixon and others like her are the teens that should be splashed across the headlines. Until they are, we will just have to cringe at the wild tales of Hollywood’s untamed youth. I just hope Miranda Cosgrove doesn’t become Disney’s next nymphet to fall from grace. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed.