Miley Cyrus: From Teenage Dream to Twerking Queen
by Emma Martin on Monday, September 30th, 2013
Lately, the media has covered Miley Cyrus heavily. From her Rolling Stones cover to her drug-centered hit song “We Can’t Stop,” fans everywhere shocked by her change, wondering what happened to the “Best of Both Worlds” singer we all grew up with.
In 2006, when Miley Cyrus was just fourteen, the Disney Channel launched the show Hannah Montana, propelling Cyrus to fame. After the fourth and final season wrapped up in 2011, Cyrus decided to focus on her career as a musician and leave the acting business behind. However, Cyrus’s next album Can’t Be Tamed quickly flopped, and she found little commercial success with her mediocre tour. The next year, Cyrus revamped her public image, as photos of Cyrus smoking a bong flooded the Internet, and fans began to question where the lovable teen singer-actress went.
Twitter exploded earlier this year when Cyrus chopped off her long locks and replaced them with a bolder haircut: a short, platinum-blonde pixie. Even more recently, Cyrus turned heads when she paraded around the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing a skimpy outfit and nude-colored, making suggestive motions with a foam finger, and performing her version of “twerking”. Even though many castigate Cyrus’s latest behavior, her tactics may be working. Miley Cyrus has become America’s guilty pleasure; her latest music video, “Wrecking Ball,” shattered records with more than sixteen million views on YouTube in less than twenty-four hours.
Cyrus has drawn incredibly mixed reactions from fans and fellow celebrities alike. Many parents condemn the “disgusting nature” of Cyrus’s performance at the VMAs. Nevertheless, Cyrus’s own father, singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus, seems to approve his daughter’s controversial decisions, commenting in a recent interview with Pierce Morgan that “[Miley] wanted to evolve” and that “she is very, very smart.”
In the Milton community, reactions to Cyrus’s actions vary greatly. Louie Demetroulakos (II) comments, “Miley encapsulates all that is negative in America. She is setting a bad example to America’s youth.” In contrast, Emily Bosworth (II) argues that “Miley is an artist, who’s not afraid to take big risks for her career. In a way, her bravery is admirable.” Based on her YouTube viewer numbers, tabloid headlines, and Twitter hashtags, Cyrus is certainly still very relevant in today’s society– for better or for worse.
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