This new version of Miley has everyone talking
Miley Cyrus’ recent performance at the MTV Video Music Awards has been added to the list of acts not soon forgotten on the award show.
Ranking up there with Britney Spears with the snake and with the strip tease, not to mention the kiss with Madonna, Cyrus’ dance routine with Robin Thicke and a foam finger was the most talked about part of the evening.
The performance garnered scathing reviews from The New York Times, Rolling Stone and viewers who believed she was the latest of celebrities to go off the deep end.
“I thought she had lost her mind,” said Caressa Winkler, a freshman general studies major after viewing Cyrus’ VMA performance.
Cyrus, who rose to fame through her Disney persona, Hannah Montana, has often received criticism when trying to break away from being the role model for young girls she once was.
“I think it may not be OK for her to still be a role model for younger girls, but a lot of girls her age act
that way,” said Amanda Krueger, a senior biology education major. “They just aren’t in the public eye.”
A public eye which some believe to be blind to the double standard in the entertainment industry.
“I definitely think there’s a double standard toward woman,” said Krueger. “If a man performs with his shirt off with sexy girls around him, then it’s ‘hot’ but when a woman does it, she’s criticized.”
Not long after the VMAs, Cyrus debuted a clothing optional music video for her latest single, “Wrecking Ball.”
While the video set Vevo records with 19.3 million views in under 24 hours, it also drew more criticism from writers at The Guardian and The Daily Mail.
Kailey Culliton, a freshman general studies major, said other women should be more understanding towards the star due to her recent break-up from fiancé and actor Liam Hemsworth.
“We should probably be more supportive because we don’t know her whole story,” Culliton said. “She might even just be doing it for attention.”
Some also said if a woman is comfortable enough with her body, as Cyrus was, she should be able to show it off.
“A lot of girls probably would do something like that if they were in her position and had her body,” said Krueger.
Many believe holding women to this double standard is a trained thought they often cannot help but think.
“Sometimes I might see a woman doing something and my initial thought is that it’s ‘trashy,’ but then I go and take it back in my mind,” said Culliton.
Whether Cyrus’ actions are a ploy for attention, a feminist protest or a way to promote her pending album, Bangerz, she is the latest celebrity to leave viewers wondering what she will do next.
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