OK, I have tried to keep quiet on my opinion the music awards and videos popping up with Miley Cyrus, but I can’t help myself. I mean....have you seen all of this?
I talk to patients every day about screen time, watching appropriate TV and movies, texting, sexting....the list goes on and on. My teenage patients are typically the ones that keep me up to date as well. But this time, after watching the usual morning TV shows while I get ready for work, I kept seeing these clips of Miley Cyrus with her tongue out and bent over in a very “un lady-like pose”. What was all of the commotion about?
So, I just went to YouTube like everyone else and watched the “Wrecking Ball” video. I hear that song all of the time while I am either at the gym or in Pilates class, but I have to say, I don’t really listen to the lyrics that closely. When I watched the video the word that came to my mind were UNBELIEVABLE! I cannot believe that a 20 year old, previous very successful Disney star, is now doing “near porno” videos. This video is beyond suggestive, I think it is totally INAPPROPRIATE.
To think that young girls, who are tweens and teens, are watching that and want to emulate her??? I am not sure I want anyone to watch that which is the point), but certainly not a 12 year old girl (like my own niece). I do know that older “boys” 20 somethings are watching it and are commenting as well.....not appropriately either.
What has happened that has made famous, successful, and talented young women suddenly feel as if growing up means lowering their standards. Where are their parents? Many of these young women are not even 21, and who is “teaching them” how to be so provocative and lewd?
I then went and watched Katy Perry’s “Roar” video. How can you compare her video with animated jungle animals to being naked on a wrecking ball with your tongue hanging out??? Go Katy Perry...talented for sure, and appropriate.
Make sure you are watching all of these videos yourself and see what you think. I am not sure how to change the sexual explicitness that impressionable young girls are exposed to...it is a constant issue. But the best way to let Miley Cyrus know how we feel is to not buy her music, and hope that someone, maybe her parents can help her change her tune.