I watched the heck out of Hannah Montana with my younger sister. Who WOULDN'T want the best of both worlds? I have a handful of Miley Cyrus songs on my iPod. If "We Can't Be Tamed" comes on, it's a jam fest. It's catchy and makes me feel a little awesome; so what? And don't act like you never sang your heart out in the car to The Climb.
We Can't Stop. *sigh* I like to hear the chorus every once in a while on the radio and that's it. It's so dumb, and I'm concerned what else I would find on that album.
So, I like some things Miley does; I don't like some things. Therefore, I feel like I'm being pretty objective.
The VMA performance was a debacle. It would have been a debacle if ANY artist performed that way.
VMA, Disney, "She's supposed to be an idol to young girls", blah blah blah controversies aside, Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball is a really good song, but people are losing their minds about it. Probably because the VMAs has put Miley in the center of Hollyweird for the time being.
But give it the chance it deserves. Its lyrics are powerful and are delivered fairly powerfully. The writers turned out a great song that many people could easily connect with. It brings the emotion without holding back. And the video, albeit a bit too much, has a fantastic concept.
Perhaps if in the video she was a bit more clothed... Actually, really, I don't even care about that. It's all very symbolic/metaphorical, and I kinda like it. It's very stripped down, which last time I read the lyrics (five minutes ago) that's what the song is all about. Sometimes after trauma in your personal life you do feel like you are left with absolutely nothing.
If it was another artist who started out as an "adult" and had a mature approach and audience since becoming famous, no one would have batted an eye.
Honestly, just keep that dang tongue in your mouth Miley, it's *shudders* blegh. The problem is the forced sensuality she's portraying. She's forcing it and it's awkward and a bit trashy. That's all there is to it. It's that simple. That's what makes us uncomfortable.
The video's director took the approach of stripped down and sensual. When he should have taken the stripped down and broken/sharp approach. Contrasting the white to a more broken-rocker side. It would have been golden. The song isn't about sex appeal. But the video is. That's its issue.
The Disney stars only have a few options:
They can stay with Disney and "Disney appropriate" things their whole lives. But frankly, Disney is a stepping stone for the most part, and if they don't move on their careers dissipate. Disney is their start and we have to allow them to grow up and live their lives. It doesn't take away from those days. It doesn't somehow turn Hannah Montana into a bad show. Let your kids watch and look up to Hannah Montana. I'll say it again. HANNAH MONTANA (which, again, the whole point of that show was looking up to the star, not the girl underneath the wig and sunglasses)
They can understand their standing as "good Disney kid" and their role model status, remember what Disney did for them and appreciate those days. Then they can mature into who they want to be and take their careers where they want. If it isn't harmonious with Disney, they don't throw it in our faces. They take responsibility. Thank you Demi Lovato (especially Demi) and Selena Gomez. They aren't without scandal, but they've navigated the Hollywood limelight better than most and have left the Disney personas in good shape.
Last, they can flip a 180º and throw it Disney's face that they aren't Disney stars anymore. They are their own person who is grown up and can do whatever they want. We'd prefer they just keep it classy, but that's not the case all the time. I would prefer everyone, regardless if they were on Disney or not, to keep it classy. But pigs can't fly so....