Everyone is acting like Miley Cyrus made up the whole act herself and chose to do it on her own power. There is no way this can be true.
Remember Britney Spears? Everyone knew she didn’t write songs, choose outfits, make up dances, decide her public image, or generally have any input into her star character. She had been groomed from a young age by Disney and parents who sold her out to perform and do what she was told in order to sell records and merchandise. When people listened to her stuff they knew they were being sold a brand, and not real art, and they bought it for that reason.
Miley Cyrus is the same. I am not saying she is totally innocent, but people are trashing her like crazy and completely ignoring the machine behind her. She has been brainwashed since she was a kid to do whatever they tell her and she knows no other life. I would be willing to bet she had very little say in almost any of that little stunt. And her “people” surely convinced her it would be a great idea, and led her astray.
I know plenty of powerful people get industry celebs addicted to things on purpose. Hollywood and the music industry are really, really seedy in a lot of ways and the underbelly is just glorified prostitution/ pornography.
(People in the industry, pls don’t take offense. I know there are good people in it and some great art and talent. I just am often surprised by the naïveté of a lot of Americans about how dark the dark side of it really is.)
Again, she could have said no but she is still an industry victim / pawn. Lady Gaga, Madonna; they are different. They do more of their own art and purposely choose stuff to get attention and have more say in their image.
These Disney star manufactured people? Not so much. And look what happened to Britney Spears when she got to the average age that people have their childhood trauma come up (mental breakdown.). Probably realizing to some extent what happened to her.
I can’t imagine it would be easy to break the lifestyle.
I am not letting Miley off the hook because she showed a severe lack of integrity in consenting to do this act, but let’s not act like she originated the idea. And I doubt her will had full consent given how she has been trained for years.
The reason it makes me mad is because Catholics are trying to help young girls by pointing out how bad Miley was. But she is in many ways not unlike a trafficked woman. Not completely, but in many ways. Would you trash a trafficking victim and talk about how irresponsible she is for leading men astray and say she obviously just wants attention etc etc if you knew perfectly well about the behind the scenes from pimps and the organization controlling her; knowing how they pushed her into the life with little choice on her part? Of course not. Well the pressure this girl has been under since childhood is similar, if more subtle.
I am not saying this bc I feel so bad for Miley Cyrus (though I do, and for other industry pawns, and I pray for them) but because people say they want to help women be virtuous because they care about women, but then go ahead and attack the woman in this situation with no blame for those who victimized her. To me when I heard about the VMAs, I instantly assumed it was the people controlling her who did this; even if she had some say or felt like she was choosing it I just saw her as like a wind up doll they had manipulated for years. So at this point even if she chose some of it, it is very different from really choosing, like of she had just started her career and had a normal background before that.
It is not solely “society” that is to blame but also the industry, and specifically her personal machine of “people” that manufacture an image to which she must conform in order to get publicity and lead kids astray. Being raised in that I imagine must be not unlike being raised in a cult. People need to know this.
If I had kids I would tell them to not even think about imitating her, but I would explain the industry and that the world has a very dark side. I would explain about her victimization and that this stunt was probably a forced manipulation on their end and some sort of cry for help on Cyrus’s end. I would warn them about wolves in sheep’s clothing who in the world who promise great things but are really tempting you just like the devil tried to tempt Jesus. I would ask them what good is it to gain the whole world and lose your soul.
But I would also remind them not to become snarky and nasty to someone who clearly was victimized. I would remind them to bear in mind that she did not grow up with a great catholic upbringing and throw it away; no, she has never know another way of life. I would remind them that Jesus was compassionate to the woman caught in adultery. If they ever see this behavior I would expect them to chastise it but not to solely blame the most public perpetrator. If I ever met Miley Cyrus I would hope to get through to her by waking her up to how she has been treated and exploited her whole life. I can’t imagine trashing her or implying she is nothing but a nasty slut would incline her to listen to me or to get out of the industry. Probably it would only drive her further into it. I am going to pray for all those star kids. A lot of them didn’t stand a chance.