As with everyone who’s destined to crash and burn spectacularly at some point in the near future, Miley Cyrus has been making her rounds in the news lately, as you will have certainly noticed. If you haven’t noticed, then where the hell have you been for the past week or so? Obviously not on the internet, because the monumental disaster that was her VMA performance of “We Can’t Stop” has gone viral in the worst way possible.
In case you missed it (or deliberately avoided it, which amounts to the same thing really), allow me to thrust it into your face and insist you give it a view:
Yes, it’s awful. It’s everything you don’t want to see any performer do on stage, especially not one who used to be Hannah Montana and therefore has a vast following of child fans, and it most definitely never should’ve happened. In fact I can’t even guarantee that was the entire performance as I’ve only just managed to regain my proper vision after gauging out my eyes the first time I saw it, so I have no intention of running that risk again. Either way, you get the general idea. It’s just wrong on many levels.
That said, it doesn’t warrant the disgust it has attracted from most people. Why, you ask? Well, it’s quite simple – she’s no longer a children’s performer. Hannah Montana is very much a thing of the past, and she’s no longer a child herself. This leaves her with two choices – either she can accept that her time in the spotlight is over and fade quietly into obscurity, or she can try to reinvent herself and aim squarely at a new demographic, one which contains more mature people and has better longevity. Seeing as very few people would actively choose the former under these circumstances, she made the obvious(ly incorrect) choice and tried to sex up her act a bit. The all-round success of that move should be determined based on the execution rather than the reputation her previous role created for her.
Basically, you’re all quite right to whinge about it if you really feel you must, but you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. As long as most people can accept that, then this isn’t something she can’t recover from; people make mistakes all the time and come back from them. Case in point, Metallica may have sued Napster in the past, but now their entire discography can be found on Spotify. Heath Ledger starred in Ned Kelly, a film rated so low you almost certainly have never heard of it, but secured his place as a film legend with his role in The Dark Knight. And David Cameron may have always been a selfish leader who only cares about the rich but… Erm… … So Miley could easily come back from this mishap. Or not, who knows.
Probably my favourite part of all of this though was Harry Styles’ input. He spoke out heroically about her overt sexuality, claiming ‘One Direction fans shouldn’t have to see this’, and leaving everyone else bemused as to why that’s even remotely relevant. Great job, Harry.