Is the reason for Miley Cyrus' shocking behavior really that new?
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 00:09
It's no surprise that Miley Cyrus's music video for her new song "Wrecking Ball," is causing so much controversy.
I was reading an article on E online discussing the massive impact that Cyrus' video is making, putting it ahead of her previously released video "Can't stop."
So I guess the question is, what exactly is Cyrus going for? Is she looking
for shock value, popularity on Twitter, or is she just plain looking for attention? I think that this new video that she has released has revealed a new and vulnerable side of Cyrus that we may have not seen before.
While the video may have mostly been made to catch the attention of her ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth, I dare go even deeper to say that this is a sign to the public from
Cyrus that she is aware of the destruction that her behavior has the potential of causing, and has already caused. While some may view this purely as a way for her to act out and receive attention from the media, I believe that it is also a cry for help from a girl who is desperately searching for what it means to be a woman and is looking in all the wrong places to find the answer.
In two separate blogs written by [grown] women, I had the chance to read what others thought about Miley's shocking actions as well as getting insight to that age-old question of what makes us transform from being a girl to a woman.
The first blog was written by Elise Patkotak of Anchorage Daily News. In this blog she discusses America's fascination and frustration with Cyrus and her "twerking abilities." She discusses how Miley's viewed rebellion really is no different from the way that young adults have rebelled over the years. Getting naked and doing something shocking is not a new trend. As she points out, "growing up is hard and maturation, is at best, a messy process."
I like the way she put that. Maturation is a long process, and maybe instead of focusing our attention so much on being frustrated with Cyrus, we should
accept that what she is going through are the struggles of finding out who it is exactly that she wants to be.
In the second blog, Alice Grist of The Huffington Post goes a little more in depth in to the issue, which I found to be a better explanation all together. Grist points out
that while she is concerned with the direction that Cyrus is going in, she also is not shocked that she is fighting hard to change her image from a "doll-faced, lush- haired, sweet-natured gal," to a "nubile young gal, flashing her assets and becoming accessible."
So does this mean that we shouldn't be concerned? I don't think that is what Grist is trying to say here, I think that she is pointing out, just as Patkotak did, that this form of rebellion is not a new trend. What Grist said that was so different and I believe more profound, is that the culture we live in is as much to blame than Cyrus herself. As Grist stated what society and the media have created is "forming a cocoon of lies and falsehoods of youthfulness and indiscretion."
I believe she is correct in stating that as Cyrus learns to grow and mature and walk away from this lie that society has created that to be a woman is to be willing to put out at all times and reveal all of her body, then and only then will she break free from the cocoon that she is trapped in and become the "beautiful butterfly," that she was destined to be.