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February 18, 2011

Sex Sell, Even Hannah Montana Knows That

A huge controversy was sparked by provocative pictures of Miley Cyrus, otherwise known as Hannah Montana. So the 15 year old phenom, although I can’t really recall exactly what it is that she is so phenomenal at, is caught up in a “scandal” over photos of her in Vanity Fair. People are outraged by the photos because she is supposed to be a role model for young girls. Well, first of all, I am not sure why we raise our children to idolize actresses. Ask yourself folks, what exactly does Miley Cyrus stand for? She’s an actress and while you might admire her body of work, there is really no reason to hold her to some high moral standard.

After all, acting is a job that may require you to play a number of roles that do not reflect your character. Not to mention, we know that physical beauty and looks are the things that sell. Remember, a prostitute’s music was discovered by a relatively large amount of people because she was an attractive high priced call girl who slept with a governor. I mean, really, who are we fooling when we condemn Miley Cyrus for these pictures that appeared in Vanity Fair? Are people outraged because she is 15? Hello, we created Britney Spears and assisted her in acquiring a number of issues that she may never recover from. Why? Because she was beautiful, popular and she had a hit album. That’s all it takes folks. She never gave us any reason to believe that she was someone to be idolized. The media and society decided that Spears was someone that we should aspire to be like. Just like Cyrus. What has she done to be proclaimed a role model? Play on a television show? Now don’t get me wrong, I hold acting in high regard but I don’t think that acting makes you a role model.

I actually feel sorry for Miley Cyrus. I mean, she is just trying to grow her talent which is for the most part, being looked at and having her beauty appreciated. She thought that was what people wanted and they do. How many little girls are going to look at that photo and say, “Hey I want my spine to be fully visible through my skin. I’m gonna go on a diet!” Plenty, I’m sure because somehow, Miley Cyrus has become a role model.

If you are a fan of someone, great. If you appreciate their body of work, great. But that does not mean you need to really agree with things they do outside of their work. You can enjoy the character of Hannah Montana without agreeing with anything that this kid does. So her back is showing in a photo. Go to a public high school and notice all of the thongs sticking out of the top of the girls’ pants. Ask a couple 15 year old girls if they have had sexual experiences. Come on, wake up people. Stop letting the Disney Channel shape the views of your children and you won’t be outrageous when some kid’s back is showing in a magazine.

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