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Miley Cyrus Speaks Out

miley_cyrus_vma_2013_1It’s been about a week since Miley Cyrus surprised the world with her ‘special’ VMA performance. By now, we’ve all seen Miley twerk on stage in a too-small two piece get-up. She groped herself, shook her butt, grinded on Robin Thicke and kept her tongue out her mouth like a thirsty dog all in the name of making history, as she put it.

Miley Cyrus has finally spoken out about her VMA performance, and after listening to the interview, I think she’s right. She hasn’t done anything that someone else hasn’t done before her. Her performance with Robin Thicke accomplished everything it was set out to accomplish. It became the most tweeted about event since Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance. People are paying attention to little Hannah Montana even more now than they did before. All in all, she’s making money!

While I thought her outfit was a bit grotesque, I don’t think her performance was anything outside of the ordinary, especially not for MTV. I think people still think of Hannah Montana when they see Miley Cyrus, but like most child stars, she’s straying away from that ‘Disney’ persona. I mean look at Justin Bieber and Amanda Bynes. Once they’ve become of age, they all shed themselves of the kiddie image to take on the image they really want to convey. The world can’t continue to look at Miley Cyrus through their Hannah Montana glasses forever, and I think this performance proved that.

I’d also like to say that people shouldn’t get mad that Miley Cyrus ‘twerked’ on TV, when women/girls across the world upload twerk videos to YouTube on a regular basis. Most of these ‘angry’ people aren’t upset about all these young girls/women twerking on YouTube. In fact, a lot of the negative comments I’ve seen directed toward Miley were in regard to her butt or lack thereof. I know that a lot of these women/girls most likely upload these videos in hopes that it will make them famous, which is really sad and depressing. However, to each his or her own.

I also understand that folks are mad at Miley because she is supposed to be a role model for young girls. Let’s face it. Hannah Montana was a role model for young girls, Miley Cyrus is not. People change, and celebrities are not exempt.

Check out the interview below.

Willow Smith’s Summer Fling

Willow smithI am in no way a fan of Willow Smith or the other Smith kid for that matter. I think they’re very weird. I’m sure this will come as a surprise because I’m getting ready to defend Willow Smith. I don’t understand the big hoopla surrounding Willow choosing to sing a song about a summer fling at the ripe age of 12. I listened to the song, read the lyrics, and watched the video. I don’t have an issue with the content of the song, especially considering that I am a big fan of  Michael Jackson’s rendition of “Who’s Lovin’ You.” He sang the hell out of that song! The only issue I had surrounding the Willow Summer Fling song was the video. The actors in the video were in my opinion, significantly older. In that sense, I think the concept of a summer fling may have appeared more adult-like even though the actions of everyone in the video were very juvenile.

I think adults that have an issue with the song are thinking more deeply into what they believe to be inappropriate for a child to sing. A fling doesn’t have to result in a sexual encounter in order for it to be considered a fling. A fling can simply be a brief romantic relationship. Girls at the age of 12, I’m sure have already started forming crushes on boys they see on television, in class or at summer camp. Acting on those feelings, could be as innocent as holding hands, pecks on the cheeks and/or hanging out. Any of those things could be considered romantic.

I don’t think Willow was thinking about a summer fling in the context of a brief sexual encounter like what Danny Zuko told his friends had occurred between he and Sandy in the movie, Grease. I think her idea of a summer fling would be more of what actually happened according to Sandy Olsen in that same movie. Yes, I know that Sandy and Danny were in high school, but puppy love and crushes happen, in some cases, way before then. Plus, I’m sure Will and Jada wouldn’t condone her singing about sex at the age of 12.

Now, I’m not going to pretend as if I don’t understand where people are coming from because I do. However, like many other forms of art, things aren’t always what they seem. I’ll leave it to you to form your own opinion though.

If for some strange reason you’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s cover of “Who’s Lovin’ you,” here you go:

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