Miley Cyrus Really Is the Girl Next Door: Predictable and Boring

Hannah Montana’s double life? Maybe her real secret is that she has nothing original to say.

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Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet for the MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York, Aug. 25, 2013.

Several years ago, my daughters and I launched a neighborhood boycott of Miley Cyrus. The teenage star that Disney had marketed as the thoughtful, ethically upright, regular girl with the secret superstar identity had been caught on camera with her friends doing “Chinc-y eyes” to tease a buddy. My daughters, who are Asian-American and subject to almost daily forms of this type of banal racism, weren’t just upset by Cyrus’s thoughtless gesture but that she’d done it, as she later said in an apology, because, essentially, that’s what everyone else was doing.

And, as her “break-out” performance at last night’s MTV’s Video Music Awards at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center revealed, she obviously just can’t stop. Miley Cyrus, at 20, is still a copycat.

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Tweet to Miley: Busting out of a racy leotard to flash a flesh-toned get-up is old enough to be your mother. Madonna, Britney, Gaga—not to mention decades of 1980s New York performance artists and 70s Studio 54 acts—have all done it. But this, from the Disney branded girl-next-door?

Actually, it makes sense. After all, the only twist Cyrus brought to Sunday night’s big reveal was a standard fare, learned-it-at-the-gym pole-dance routine, not a provocative, well-choreographed statement. And who is the girl-next-door, if not someone who falls in line with the pack, does what everyone else is doing? That’s her whole appeal. That girl, as she becomes a young woman, is never going to do anything truly dangerous or outrageous—nothing that crosses the lines of her suburban sub-division box. At most, she’ll go to the costume party dressed as a Playboy Bunny. That’s exactly what Cyrus did.

The big question now is, what are the hidden contents of Hannah Montana’s double life? Maybe her real secret identity is that she’s a follower, rather than a leader—that she’s truly the girl next door, morally and creatively banal, as to be expected.

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63 comments
mitchsimpson787
mitchsimpson787

Hey @Openminded1 , why dont you get a life and stop defending miley or attacking every comment about her that doesnt suit you "open mind" Pathetic! Go and read a book or do something valuable! All this Miley crap is just media and BS anyway. Who cares. She is a girl trying to get attention, just with no idea.

ClaudiaThompson
ClaudiaThompson

It is such a real shame that the country has sunk to such a low level that they allow this kind of perversion on stage.

And if you refuse to go along with it, you are labelled a "prude". That is just psychological manipulation, and "Group Think".

Well I for one am not going to sit here and claim that it is "okay" for some girl to do a strip dance on stage on TV.

The morality level has gone so low it is almost non-existent today.

These so-called "Stars" have to resort to trying to "out shock" the people, by wearing weird clothing, doing sexual acts, flashing the Illuminati hand symbols etc.

It is almost like they have now run out of things to shock people with. They must do that since they have no real talent at all.

Today, it would be more shocking if someone came out in a decent dress and actually sang a song that had a real memorable tune to it, without all the gimmicks. Now THAT would be a real shock!

ItsMeMatty
ItsMeMatty

Sounds like someone is doing their best to avoid repeating their peers, at the risk of sounding kind of clueless...

ToutSuite
ToutSuite

What's the matter with you? She's a 20 year old girl trying to figure out what kind of performer she is. You're dooming her to a lifetime of mediocrity and pretensions of... what, exactly? True outrage? A mother of three, herself a child of privilege and author of a life so banal that a "neighborhood boycott" of tween music is apparently noteworthy, writing with such venom about a girl half her age would be laughable if it wasn't so scary. Is this why you became a journalist?

ellieh
ellieh

@ToutSuite trying to figure out what type of performer she is?  Laughable.

CarlRobbins
CarlRobbins

@ToutSuite So true ..These offended dolts .........while at the same time almost certainly voting for a party and a president who enthusiastically support sucking a child's brains out as it protrudes from its mother's body...as a private matter the mother alone can decide.........

paulwalk14
paulwalk14

@CarlRobbins @ToutSuite You  are disgusting people. Using a a 20 year old Disney star to wear an outfit babies wear, have your hair done how no one out of primary school does, have aggressive air sex , and pretend to finger your vagina is foul on an indescribable scale. I cannot believe you enjoyed that then wrote a record of permanent proof online.

Real men don't accept and defend that performance. You must be immature teenage boys who never had sister, heaven forbid you might have a daughter. How could one not understand how sick and perverted that show was. Some old man who was a Miley Cyrus fan thought that up years ago, that was not her choreography. It has been overwhelmingly proven that young girls learn what is acceptable from television.

I pray you never are granted daughters, but if you are I hope you get it one day. Hey sicko "those offended" are the overwhelming majority.


ToutSuite
ToutSuite

@ellieh @ToutSuite You think she's going to be doing this same act in five years? Look at Britney, Christina, Madonna, etc. It's a work in progress.

RemixCity
RemixCity

T have to disagree with this article. You started off strong with the racial teasing. It was ridiculous Miley did that and I applaud you and your daughters taking action. But beyond that, Disney's marketing is about makng money and big ratings and selling merchandise. and if you really want to there are MANY things wrong with the Mouse House but they are a media company in a capitalist society, they're not nuns or priests so not quite sure why Miley (or anyone else has to use Disney's projection of them [to make Disney money] as any standard in real life.)  In fact your reasoning could be viewed as why Miley does what she does. Shouls she be Hannah Montana for her whole life or be herself? It's a bit amazing that this article made the cut to be published but it is really a one dimensional character assassination piece. Besides based on what you say "Madonna, Britney, Gaga—not to mention decades of 1980s New York performance artists and 70s Studio 54 acts—have all done it.


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then Madonna, Britney and Gaga are copycats too. Which is  your opinion but a bit vacuous and mean.

KatStanleySakach
KatStanleySakach

Why does Janet Jackson's superbowl breast peak attract authorities, when Miley Cyrus's performance was far worse? How sad Miley is to be so unconfident with her musical talent that she has to resort to lewd and disgusting gyrations? Thumbing her nose at the fans who so looked up to her in the Hannah Montana days and, quite frankly, were partly responsible for her privileged lifestyle is pathetic. I have a feeling she was either using drugs or alcohol. When will we stand up and draw the line? No longer a Miley fan.

bojimbo26
bojimbo26

I thought Justin had changed sex .

TheReallyWeirdOne
TheReallyWeirdOne

Predictable. All female teen singers have had the same trajectory when they're trying to break out as an 'adult'. It's yawn worthy, really. 

Every single outraged parent I know is the one who lets the TV/internet parent their kids. Not shocking either.  

hkq999
hkq999

her performance was very shocking, i've never seen such an overtly sexual performance in my life. not even from britney, madonna, or gaga. i'm surprised people aren't more outraged.

ikoihil
ikoihil

@hkq999 "very shocking," huh? I'm guessing you've never been to a strip club, or even a modern high school prom?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@hkq999 Get real who cares what she does other then her mom and achy daddy. You sound a bit prudish get over it.

ellieh
ellieh

@hkq999 I didn't think it was overtly sexual.  Madonna can do overtly sexual and Britney's "break-out" performance was incredible.  Miley's performance was inelegant and certainly not artful.  I've seen her sing beautifully, but she can't dance and her taste is lacking.  Her performance was just bad and boring.  

CarlRobbins
CarlRobbins

@ellieh @hkq999 I agree, she is not a bad singer,,,,,puts J Lo to shame (of course that’s not too hard) this was a bit over the top and the blame belongs squarely on the folks that produced and broadcast this uncensored....... 

LouisPFreely
LouisPFreely

She really just acts as some typical stupid college girl on Spring Break.  There's nothing talented or entertaining about it.  It actually would've more refreshing to see her wear a nice dress and try to sing a song.  She has nothing on Madonna at the VMAs in the 1980s (God I'm getting old).

JoyceGavin
JoyceGavin

Miley Cyrus...what an absolute disgrace. So glad our youngest children do not know who she is!!!!!! What a sad day for her and anyone who knows her.