Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Cages And Black Leotards
I don't know much about Miley Cyrus beyond the usual stuff on television, the horror of Hannah Montana, and the fact that unlike most pop stars, Miley can sing with the voice of a fifty year old two pack a day smoker. She's quite good, quite country in this way. So all the brouhaha over the upshot revealing underwear or not and her newly sexualized image seems interesting as a cultural discussion. God knows when I was in high school lamenting the horror of Billy Ray Cyrus singing "My Achey Breaky Heart," I never imagined he would continue to spawn until he managed to have a kid who could support him. I never thought he would be linked with the words "cultural discussion." The man who popularized the Kentucky Waterfall is now posing with his daughter in creepy Vanity Fair pictures (I don't say that in a bad way -- I like creepy) and now has us asking the question -- is Miley acting appropriately?
Who knows? Given her bizarre child star life, it's hard to gauge what might be a good course of action. Do we need seventeen year olds writhing around in cages and black leotards? Dear Lord, I thought this was tired when I did it. And maybe that's where I come down on the whole debate. I'm all for costumes and artistry and being yourself. I'm all for the right of girls and women to own their sexuality. But how about becoming an adult by making an album to which adults might want to listen? Miley's current incarnation seems a waste. She doesn't seem to be pushing the proverbial envelope in any interesting ways. She could, however, make a decent album. Hannah Montana is all about persona, about shifting from one person to another. Perhaps she could start there.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"I think if humans had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year." Douglas Coupland
Music suggestion: Recovery Eminem
Benedictions and Maledictions