“The fact that it’s happened shouldn’t be at all surprising. After all, it’s just the way things are in the music industry. Sadly, a host of parents who thought they were doing the safe thing are learning otherwise. Even sadder, the great majority of people will notice, but not care.” Walt Mueller, founder of the Center for Parent / Youth Understanding, writes this in his blog.
“This time it’s Miley Cyrus, a 17-year-old (not even legally an adult) who has chosen to walk the path to pop music sustainability by going through an almost overnight transformation. It’s not an original move. It’s a path that’s been followed many times before. . . . and, it works. Now, one must wonder what effect Miley’s makeover will have on the values, attitudes, and behaviors of a host of elementary-aged kids who watched and adored her and her every move.”
Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and a host of other young singers have all gone down the same path that Miley Cyrus is now on. Each one, at some point in their careers, crossed the threshold. They made their choice to run from the lucrative KIDS section of the bookstore to the more-lucrative ADULT section. And most of their young fans follow along with a new-found love for what is “smokin’ hot.”
So, here in this video you will witness the death of Hannah Montana. Say goodbye to the sweet, cute, happy-go-lucky Hannah Montana, the princess of the Disney TV empire. Say goodbye to Miley Cyrus, the emerging young pop-country singer. Say hello to the sexy new Miley Cyrus. See and judge for yourself
Watch the video, read the lyrics below, and think about how this might play out among preteens.
I think many kids will see through this and just laugh at how silly this is. It’s cartoon-ish, really. But what about all those thirteen-year-old girls who have grown up loving Hannah Montana in her music, TV show, and movie? For many of them, Hannah / Miley is a friend, albeit a virtual one. Those same girls are discovering their own new powers of sexuality (in their language, dress, media) on boys and girls their age at school, in texting, and online. It’s all very new and exciting. And if Hannah Montana grows up this way with fame, fortune, and fun, then why shouldn’t we all?
Again, this gets to the root question that drives this blog. What does it mean to grow up well? What does that look like? Sadly, for some, it looks like this…
For those who don’t know me, I can get a bit crazy
Have to get my way, 24 hours a day
‘Cause I’m hot like that
Every guy everywhere just gives me mad attention
Like I’m under inspection, I always get the 10s
‘Cause I’m built like that
I go through guys like money flyin’ out their hands
They try to change me but they realize they can’t
And every tomorrow is a day I never planned
If you’re gonna be my man, understand
I can’t be tamed, I can’t be saved
I can’t be blamed, I can’t, can’t
I can’t be tamed, I can’t be changed
I can’t be saved, I can’t be (can’t be)
I can’t be tamed
If I see my reflection about my intentions
I’ll tell ya I’m not here to sell ya
Or tell ya to get to hell
I’m like a puzzle but all of my pieces are jagged
If you can understand this, we can make some magic
I’m on like that…
Now, if you think I’m over-reacting, check this out. These girls are eight years old. Not seventeen (like Miley Cyrus) or twenty-eight like Beyonce (the original artist of the song Single Ladies). Eight years old. Look at their outfits, the choice of music, the moves… And their parents, dance teachers, and contest officials all seemed to think that this is appropriate and worthy of applause.