Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Can't Be Tamed

Miley Cyrus' new music video "Can't Be Tamed" was released last night. Check it out here. The music itself has a catchy beat and I can almost hear some girls going up to some guys and saying, "Boo-yah! In yo face! You can't tame me! What!" That said...

The music video showcases racy dance choreography and scantily clad Cyrus and dancers. Cyrus said of the video, "It's the first step to growing up but I think it's done the right way."

I don't understand how racy dancing and racy clothing have anything to do with growing up. I suspect that in Cyrus' head, "growing up" means doing things completely opposite to what she has done when she was younger, meaning Hannah Montana.

Is Hollywood really a different world than the rest of the world? Or is it my head that's a different world than the rest of the world?

Growing up, to me, means taking responsibility for your life and actions, especially if you're in a spotlight of leadership or example. It means becoming socially responsible, especially if you're in a spotlight of leadership or example. It means taking into consideration how your actions will affect others, especially if you're in a spotlight of leadership or example.

It is sad, however, that many people "grow up" to act like children. Take for example, college students who sense their freedom away from home and simply put, do whatever they want to do. I've heard of once responsible students falling into debt because they used their student loans to buy new gadgets and toys, or maxing out their credit cards because they like shopping.

But my biggest question is...where are the parents? It has to be a hard balance: to teach/rear your child into a fully functioning adult that positively contributes to society so they "don't need you anymore", and to be a parent/a guide/a disciplinarian for that adult child until they "don't need you anymore." Which begs the question when will a child not need his/her parent? Let's not get into that.

Ending an already long post, Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed" music video does not even begin to portray the "first step to growing up" as she has described it to be. And it's a shame that this child is so bold to declare those words without thinking about how her actions and this music video (and lyrics & message of the song) will affect her fans, who are mostly younger girls.

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