The “New” Miley

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Miley Cyrus is a name that we are all a little sick of hearing. After her shocking performance at this year’s VMA’s, the media has taken her name and run with it, giving her just the thing that she so obviously wants: attention. Her desperate attempts at making the public see her as an adult are, ironically, childish, like a kid acting out for the attention of an inattentive parent. Unfortunately, the VMA stunt was not the only trick up Miley’s sleeve; a few weeks later she released her single, “Wrecking Ball”, along with a music video that featured a little more of “the real Miley” than we would have liked to see.

It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, Miley Cyrus was the sweet, innocent young lady that little girls looked up to: Hannah Montana. Hannah was a classic Disney sitcom about a regular teenage girl with a double life as a pop star. The show was squeaky clean, with no profanity or innuendos whatsoever, and Miley was the loveable, country girl who loved her dad. The problem now is that Miley, like so many other child stars, is trying desperately to show “the real her” and break out of the Hannah Montana mold that she’s been in for years. By doing this though, she is sending mixed signals to her loyal fans that are now at a very impressionable age. This could lead to parents having a very hard time controlling their kids who are acting out just to mimic Miley.

Miley tried justifying her actions by telling the media that she is at a point in her life where she is exactly who she wants to be and “not think about any repercussions”. She may not want to think about the repercussions of her actions, but the sad fact is that there are young girls looking up to her, and, as a celebrity, it is her responsibility to set a good example. It is so sad to see such a promising young star collapse under the weight of fame and be driven to such extreme measures just to get her name back in the media. Looking at “the new Miley”, I have to wonder, what would Hannah Montana say?