By Anna Sadovskaya, Senior Arts Editor
Published September 13, 2013
In reality, being a sexually comfortable woman has very little to do with showing everyone your naked ass on a demolition ball. If Cyrus was actually trying to show everyone how comfortable she is in her body, she wouldn’t be screaming about how comfortable she is in her body. Frankly, no one really cares. The point of being relaxed in your own skin is that it’s your own; it’s a quiet confidence that allows you to be happy with who you are — it’s not about projecting that sexuality on others, making someone uncomfortable.
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“But she just likes being naked and sexy! She’s just being herself,” someone says in Cyrus’s defense right now. Yeah, exactly, so let’s call it what it is: That’s not about inner confidence and sexual sureness. Whether it’s of her own volition or with prodding from her PR agents and record company, that’s just a woman wanting someone to tell her she looks great in her Calvin Klein bikini.
I watched the video again. I watched it a few more times, actually, fighting my embarrassment for her and trying to find some kind of saving grace. Because the thing is, her music is stronger than it ever has been. I want to like her, and I want to champion for her, but I can’t help but see her as a whiny child. I’m tired of watching her twerk and I’m sick of hearing her talk about how free she feels — what’s the point if no one takes you seriously?
And that is the real problem: Her music, which deserves all the attention it’s getting, can’t be taken seriously if it’s accompanied by a video of her making out with a hammer.
It isn’t poignant, it isn’t smart — it’s showy and attention-grabbing in all the wrong ways, like a child yelling for candy in a grocery store.
In the end, I’m torn. I’m really feeling the music, but I’m really weary of Cyrus. I’m really bored of the persona she’s adopted. I see her as a one-trick pony, someone to call up for a good time if I want to do some Molly and make a skull out of fries. Would I ever call her if I’m upset? If I have a nice dinner party to go to? If I need a ride to work? Probably not. She’s the party friend, the one you never take too seriously because they’re probably high as fuck. She’s just being Miley, though, right? The thing is, she’s not an adult; she’s annoying, and I’m pretty sure there are other singers out there with more to offer.