Miley Cyrus Says “We Can’t Stop,” But Maybe She Should

photo credits: Disneydreaming.com/ Larry Busacca/Getty
photo credits: Disneydreaming.com/ Larry Busacca/Getty

I missed the VMA’s this year, and I wasn’t planning on watching any replays until my Facebook and Twitter feeds blew up with exclamation and shock over Miley Cyrus’ performance with Robin Thicke. So I watched it…. and I wish I hadn’t.

Her performance got people’s attention all right. But it was mostly negative attention. Was her barely there clothing and her incredibly sexual dancing meant to show the world that she was no longer “Hannah Montana?” Was this really the best way to make a career statement? Was she just trying to get a little attention, and took it a bit too far? Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton called the performance “filthy.”  Miley’s former on-screen mom, Brooke Sheilds, called the performance, “a bit desperate.”

But the Miley shock and awe effect didn’t stop there. Her recently released music video, “Wrecking ball” features Miley naked on a wrecking ball and licking sledgehammers. The reaction to Miley’s video was similar to her VMA performance, and some are saying that Miley is making a serious mistake–with her career and with her body.

Singer Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley that really is a must read, not just for Miley, but for all women who think using their body and sex appeal is going to get them someplace.

None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a f*ck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a f*ck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a f*ck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped … and that includes you yourself.

Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.

You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever … Don’t be under any illusions … ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty … which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.

The type of men who want to be with you for a lifetime want you for your talent, your intellect, your passion, and your personality. They don’t just want you because you’re good in bed or give them what they want sexually.

What do you think, is Miley fooling herself into believing that the attention she is getting for her sex appeal will last? And should we as women and men be better at caring for ourselves and protecting our bodies? Leave a note in the comments!

Meg

Meg lives in Virginia and is the editor in chief of I Believe in Love. She was born and raised in Kansas, and as the saying goes "you can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl." She is a part of I Believe in Love because she thinks happy marriage and family life are some of the best things that life has to offer, but we just may need to work a little harder than we thought to get to them.
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  • Here’s the real question. Why did you write an article about a 20 year old girl who’s obviously struggling, and tsk tsk her actions, while the older married man who sings songs promoting “blurred lines” and also participated in that lewd act gets off scot free? Why is this about what Miley wears when there could have been a more detailed, thoughtful post about what causes her to do so? I guarantee it’s not because she’s searching for a man who will last her a lifetime.

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