Speaking out on Cyrus
Speaking out on Cyrus and even commenting on the Miley Cyrus situation has taken me a while because, apart from the fact I prefer to refrain from being judgemental, I have been torn between being a Cyrus supporter or objector.
I am all for women exploring and expressing their sexuality. If we remember, it was not long ago that the sexuality of women was redundant. Sexual inhibitions caused physical symptoms correlating to psychological trauma according to Sigmund Freud. Isn’t it uncanny how the tables of the 21st Century have turned the exploration of sexuality and openness about sex into a symptom of ‘going off the rails’?
Cyrus’ open exploration and expression of her sexuality and body is one of the reasons I fought her corner. The likes of Beyonce, Pink, and Katy Perry also don underwear in their videos but have never been criticised as much as Cyrus.
Also, recently in I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here, Amy Wilterton was the subject of a jealous tirade because of being a model. The other women blasted her on her appearance because she is what is sold as the “perfect” image. The women were so absolutely insecure about themselves that they tried knocking the confidence of another female who is clearly confident in herself. Cyrus has not been scrutinised over the shape or appearance of her body, but because she exposes too much of it. It seems that the female body is always a site of abuse.
And last of all, some of the media have claimed that Cyrus is ‘going off the rails’ yet have pursued presenting her in a negative light. We all saw what happened with Amy Whinehouse. I remember watching an episode of Loose Women where it was suggested that Whinehouse’s concerts should be boycotted until she gets better. That is an example of the media supporting somebody who is in distress.
But the turning point for me came when she supposedly stated that her music video had no meaning. For me, music and the videos should have some meaning – especially in Cyrus’s case where the point of being controversial loses its meaning too.
Rather than judging her lifestyle choice of smoking weed, it is more the point that she smoked on stage and should be more responsible. Followers and fans of Hannah Montana and other children will idolise her and her actions.
And last of all, the music industry does seem to be churning out videos that are hyper-sexualised; sending out the message that ‘sex sells’. It is one thing to be confident and comfortable with your body and your sexuality, and open about sex. But to use the body to sell music not only defies the purpose of good music but turns the body into a site of pornography.
In an interview, Britney Spears commented that her videos are more sexualised than she wishes, and that she would love to produce an old school video which is just about the music and a small dance sequence. Why is the music industry undermining music and replacing it with sex? If the media truly believes that Cyrus is going off the rails, why is it slating her rather than trying to give her support. And if the media truly believes that Cyrus is a bad influence, why is she getting so much coverage which puts her in the public eye and consequently in the view of children?
It seems that Cyrus is not the only one caught up in being irresponsible and there are lots of others who have a part to play in shaping society.