Dear Miley Cyrus,
Look, I’m not going to lie. Girl, you are a bit of a train wreck right now.
I’m 38 years old and I will admit that I rocked out to “Party in the USA” a few years ago. You were starting to wear your shorts a little shorter then, and your shirts a bit tighter, but I still felt that you hadn’t yet been sucked into the young Hollywood path of recklessness.
Well, sweetie, consider yourself officially initiated now.
While watching you at the MTV Video Music Awards, I cringed at the thought that there were probably naïve tweens watching you at that exact moment. They were watching because they grew up seeing you as Hannah Montana and they, too, partied with you in the USA. But now, during this recent performance, I’m guessing their mothers had to cover their eyes and attempt to explain why their beloved Disney star was having sexual relations with a foam finger.
Don’t get me wrong, Miley. You have every right to grow up. You have every right to explore your life and your sexual identity. However, your explorations don’t need to happen on live television in such a gross and disturbing manner. And no, I’m not a prude. I just think that a 20-year-old girl doesn’t show her empowerment and strong personality by throwing her backside in the air against a man’s crotch and then bending over. We get it – you want the world to see you are sexy. However, instead of sexy, you looked weak, stupid and desperate for attention.
Here’s the thing you don’t realize right now. You are looking for attention because it makes you feel good. You love people talking about you and I get that. You’re looking for your path. But let me help you out a little. If you act like a floozy, people will think you are. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t act like a stripper and then ask people to take you as a serious focused actress. Is it possible to do both? Sure, but the world won’t see you like that.
I’m not telling you to wear a turtleneck at all times and never pelvic thrust again. Heck, who doesn’t love a good pelvic thrust every now and then? But think about what you’d want your daughter to watch on TV one day. Would you want her seeing some 20-year-old girl gyrating against a foam finger, bending over to “twerk” a man, and sticking her tongue out in a way that might scare even Gene Simmons?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Come on girl. Put down the foam finger, throw on some clothes and get back to making some catchy music that I can actually listen to with my kids.
You can do it, I know it.
Danielle Herzog is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to two children.
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Above Photo: Miley Cyrus performing at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/MTV, John Shearer)
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