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No one has shown up more in the media these past few weeks than Miley Cyrus (that’s really not a statistically true statement, to my knowledge). Miley’s presence in the media has been mostly negative mixed with a little bit of positive and a lot of album promotion. In my honest opinion, I could not really care less about Miley. However, it’s impossible to completely ignore her because her presence is simply everywhere: BuzzFeed, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Rolling Stone, Billboard, etc. In general though, I don’t hate Miley Cyrus. Her new music sucks – let me clarify, her new music sucks, not her voice – and I will never be someone that’s going to purchase Bangerz, and therefore, I will never be someone who is going to review Bangerz (weird, but I think you have to listen to an album in order to review it). I can’t help but listen to “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop” over and over again though. Why? Because I’m a college student living with and hanging out with 20-somethings who love the songs. You’ll never find these songs downloaded on my iPod, but you’ll also never see me on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night protesting them either.
I was anti-Miley. Then I read Rolling Stone’s cover story. She was honest in that article and made me realize something very important that most people, I think, are missing: she doesn’t deny anything and we should have all seen this coming.
From Rolling Stone Cover Story:
“Miley has been planting the seeds for her big transition to adulthood for the past five years. She was 15 when she weathered her first scandal, when she posed for Vanity Fair wearing a sheet that made her look topless. (“I feel so embarrassed,” she said in a statement. “And I apologize to my fans, who I care so deeply about.”) A year later came a pole-dancing stunt at the Teen Choice Awards (the “pole” was on an ice cream cart; the dancing was PG at most). The following year she was photographed in Spain drinking a beer at age 17, and a month after that, TMZ posted a video of her taking a rip from a bong. (Miley claimed it was legal salvia.) And yet, in millions of people’s eyes, she’s still Hannah Montana – which may be part of the problem.”
That is the issue: we still see Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana. Honestly, her transition from Hannah to Miley started the day she introduced Miley Cyrus. She never really hid the fact that she wasn’t Hannah Montana from any of us. She wouldn’t have even ditched “Hannah Montana” if she wanted to stay that innocent forever. Her change of appearance and change in personality came from some deep, meaningful reason (according to her it was meaningful – I mean I don’t see spending time in Detroit as a need to look like Angelica’s doll, Cynthia). But still, she’s not denying anything. Oh, she’s just being Miley.
Maybe I’m wrong (kidding, it’s an opinion, so I’m not wrong), but reading that Rolling Stone article actually changed my perspective. We should have all seen 2013 Miley Cyrus coming in 2010 when “I Can’t Be Tamed” was released… but we didn’t, we just danced and sang along, thinking she was an innocent little kid. And you know what, she’s still better than Lady Gaga.