What’s My Opinion on Miley Cyrus?

Her music is about as distinct, imaginative and interesting as any of her cohorts in the world of pop, and as such I really don’t care for it. Oh, you meant on her choice of clothing, videos and general publicity? Well, why should I have an opinion?

That last question is a good one, and it’s one that many of us should ask ourselves more often. The whole Miley Cyrus debate and accompanying drama is only one instance in many in which everyone- everyone- has an opinion. It doesn’t matter how ill-informed the opinion, or how irrelevant or redundant that opinion might be, everybody not only has one but has to have one. When asked about it (and, when an issue is controversial, you will always be asked about it or have to bring it up) it is not enough to just say that you don’t care. People expect you to come down on one side of the argument, all the time! It’s crazy and unrealistic, and we should try to cut it out.

With this annoying human trait covered, I can examine the specific reasons why nobody should care about anything to do with Miley Cyrus. First, the people who have a problem with her video for the single ‘Wrecking Ball’ have an argument that can be effectively summed up in a single line:

 

The CHILDREN! Oh won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!

That is not a rational basis upon which to construct an opinion or argument! Sure, protecting the innocence of young children is fine and dandy and I’m not objecting to that, but it’s not as if Miley Cyrus deliberately made that video to corrupt minors. There was no malicious intent, and impressionable children who find and watch this video got there by their own choices and the choices of their parents. If, parents in the audience, you don’t want your child exposed to something, then it’s up to YOU to make sure that happens, not the person producing the material. Once that separation (if you want it) between children and the ‘offensive’ material has been made, and it can be made easily, why should you care what Miley Cyrus does?

Second, objections seem to include some reference to the way she dresses (or, in some cases, doesn’t) and her general attitude. It could indeed be construed that Miley Cyrus using her body as part of a promotional campaign with the aim of making money is degrading to women, and as such we should care and object to Miley Cyrus doing this. Yep. Fine. Very feminist. Except, of course, that it isn’t: it could also be construed that going on at a woman to dress in certain ways and generally pander to cultural norms as opposed to doing what she has chosen to do is actually very un-feminist, and actually undermines a key concept of women’s rights. We should not, as a rule, care about how a woman dresses or acts unless those acts actively harm anybody else. Does Miley Cyrus twerking hurt anyone else? No. Is it her freedom to do so? Yes. So why should you care? If that’s what she wants to do, leave her alone to do it. She’s not forcing you to watch.

Finally, there is the simple fact that every post with ‘Miley Cyrus’ in the tags, every angry click on her videos to post a righteously angry comment, every mention of the subject to your friends is doing exactly what she wants you to do: give her free publicity. For all that I defend her right to make her own choices, you cannot deny that Miley Cyrus has made these choices to create this hurricane of indignation. And why not? It’s free publicity! If, like me, you dislike the music of Miley Cyrus and have no desire to help further her career in any way, then you will simply stop caring and move on. In the end, it’s none of your business what she does.

That, then, is the summary of my argument. Stops caring about what Miley Cyrus does, because it’s Miley Cyrus. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter.

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