So, Miley Cyrus and the MTV Video Music Awards are still in the news. This time Miley is doing the talking and responding to the endless commentary on her performance with Robin Thicke.
MTV scored an interview with Ms. Cyrus and she opened up and compared herself to Madonna and Britney Spears. “Every VMA performance, that’s what you’re looking for,” she said to MTV. “You’re wanting to make history.”
And she did!
Cyrus and Thicke made millions scratch their heads after their performance. How can such a young girl get so sexual with a grown man? And what was she wearing? Hah! Look at her rear end!
But who has said anything about Robin Thicke? Isn’t he married? Doesn’t he have a kid or two?
The end result is that Miley Cyrus’s performance, for all its controversy, was a successful publicity move.
She is no stranger to negative attention, but in Hollywood, isn’t any publicity good publicity? She has gotten flack for pole dancing a couple of years ago (although she really just danced next to a pole). Her haircut also received immediate criticism for being extreme. She’s been accused of objectifying African-American women by using them as props in her “We Can’t Stop” video. Will Miley never stop stirring the pot?
Cyrus brought in those giant teddy bears to the performance, then ditched them to grind on an adult. She worked her new “good girl gone bad” persona for this coming-of-age performance. There were childhood elements that brought the performance back to Hannah Montana, but she hit her audience hard with her sexual expression, and it still has people talking about it.
Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera snogged on stage at the VMAs, and that certainly raised eyebrows. Cyrus is just following her predecessors.
As she said in the interview, she has seen this play out so many times. Let’s put it to rest until her next music video or nearly nude performance.