Miley Cyrus is working to change her image and as part of that she's debased herself -- and made a mockery of many of us, especially the little girls who love her.
From stripper pole antics to passionate (and in her mind shocking) lesbian kisses and near-missing clothing (complete with "Cheap Trick" written repeatedly on it -- and it's pretty clear she's not saying she's a fan of the band), she's definitely putting her alter ego Hannah Montana behind her.
I only know about Hannah because of my niece -- the little girl loves the Disney-inspired "character," has watched all of her videos, listens to her music, sleeps on her pillowcases. The story -- as I understand it -- of a young girl who gains confidence and wholesome fame is everyone's dream come true.
What a sad commentary that Miley Cyrus finds that image so repulsive in today's society that she's become -- repulsive. And seemingly she has done so with the approval of her father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
What has happened to childhood innocence, grace, manners, beauty, civility, sympathy?
When I saw the photos of Miley's "kiss" (see below on "Britain's Got Talent") all I could think of were the lesbians I know who have had to hide in shame about their love -- Miley's "kiss" makes their struggle something of a joke. And now she's defending it to US, which in a way makes it worse. Come on, Miley, You weren't "rocking out." Yes, people are disappointed. And why shouldn't people talk about this event? You were a role model. Now you're just -- so not. So in your own words "get over it!"
Of course when your father defends your time on a stripper pole at the "Teen Choice Awards," as Billy Ray did (see the Huffington Post for details) I guess such "defenses" aren't surprising.
The main person that comes to my mind during all of this controversy is my niece with her Miley Cyrus collection and innocent dreams. And let's not even talk about women's rights and the brave women who fought to make sure our gender wasn't objectified.
With that "kiss" Miley basically is telling my niece and all the little girls who love her that morals, dignity and self respect should be discarded - the way to be popular is to be morally bankrupt.
The age of innocence -- for all of us -- is really over.