Jaw dropping just doesn’t do it justice.
When the image of Miley Cyrus wearing almost nothing, bent over on a stage flashed on my computer screen, I just thought, “Whatever, here we go again.”
But, to all the girls who grew up watching her make exaggerated gestures in response to a weekly dilemma on her Disney sitcom, this was not whatever.
It was a jaw-dropping, “What?”
Seeing the reactions of my children and so many of the kids my children grew up with made me rethink what I actually saw.
My whatever was their shock.
Well, it’s shock because she’s NOT Madonna. She’s a Disney character come to life.
She’s what they watched “make mistakes” and who they identified and laughed with. So, yes, as much as I’d like to say, “Aw shucks, she’s just growing up like everybody else, she’s not.”
It’s just not the same as Madonna shocking the crap out of everyone in the 80s, the 90s, and every decade since.
Madonna existed on a platform of her own. She was never pimped out to Disney. She broke stigmas because she was a badass from the start.
So, the impact is very different.
It’s a statement.
It is art.
No matter how raw or vulgar the art is.
The issue with Miley Cyrus is and always will be that she grew up symbolizing Disney sass, not badass.
I don’t even think, “Wow, she’s really pushing the envelope. I’m starting to respect her.” I just shrug and chalk her up to just another Disney drop out who’s throwing a tantrum because she doesn’t want to be seen like a child but still wants attention.