I can understand that Miley Cyrus is annoying. I find Sarah Palin annoying. The difference is Sarah Palin doesn’t have a hit album or countless people writing blogs about her. Now that everyone and their brother have put in their two cents on Miley Cyrus, I’m beginning to feel that I won’t qualify as a music blogger unless I join the fray.
The thing that bothers me most about this video is that no one (to my knowledge) has noticed that it’s a pretty good song. It has some emotional lyrics and a strong catchy chorus. When you couple that with the fact that Cyrus gives a very heartfelt and powerful vocal delivery it’s no wonder it’s a hit song,but I still can’t find anyone who likes Miley Cyrus.
I can even buy into the argument that because this is a stripped down performance and song it makes sense for her to be stripped down in the video. I mean, it’s not nearly as overproduced as “We Can’t Stop” or “Party in the USA.” I’m a heterosexual male so of course I like this video. I think Miley is a gorgeous girl. I’m not exactly shocked by nudity; have you seen any of the porn sites on the internet? You can find stuff a lot worse than this. And if you don’t believe me that nudity can be used to make an artistic statement, perhaps you’ll believe Rage Against The Machine:
I’m not saying that she was trying to make a statement or anything, but it is pretty cool that she’s pushing boundaries. Can you imagine this video being shown on MTV? I can’t. But really, how shocking is nudity? Everyone is naked at some point or another. Most of us just don’t do it in hit music videos. Which of these pictures below do you find the most disturbing?
I wonder if we made greed, envy, sloth and wrath as taboo as lust whether or not the world would be a better place.
And who the fuck does Sinead O’Connor think she is to weigh in on the situation. If Sinead is going to give Miley any advice it should be: “Don’t let your kooky antics overshadow your musical talent like I did.” Seriously, can you name three songs that Sinead O’Connor sang? No? OK, whose picture did she tear up on Saturday Night Live?
I’ll admit that she’s probably not doing anything to help the feminist movement. But her actions aren’t as detrimental as those of Pamela Anderson, Madonna, or Dolly Parton. She’s definitely not harming feminism as much as the election of Barack Obama has harmed race relations.
And really isn’t Justin Beiber just the male equivalent of Miley Cyrus?
I just don’t understand why this is such a big deal when other videos weren’t. Where’s all the press for the new In This Moment video or Tommy Lee’s “Get Naked” or Tool’s “Hush.”
About the only thing I understand better now that I’ve seen this video is why Peter Gabriel wanted to be a sledgehammer.