It smacks of self-disrespect to me that she thinks the way to get famous is to get naked in a video and simulate sex at an award show. Does she think she's all that and a bag of chips? Clearly. But you actually can have a career and get PR without performing a porno act at the VMA's. She is too young to figure that out.
Yes, I guess that's my opinion but she's also setting a bad example for girls who may idolize her.
Is anything she's doing out right illegal? No. But I still don't think she's the right person to give anyone advice, career or otherwise. And I understand that Jay Leno ASKED her. Doesn't mean that the advice itself is worth a hill of beans.
This attitude actually makes me furious. No one ever says that male artists who simulate sex on stage or on screen need to have more respect for themselves. In fact, people usually say they need to have more respect for women. The message that sends to young women is enormous. It teaches them that their sexuality is "dirty" and inappropriate. It tells them that sexuality is a male trait and if they want to have respect for themselves, they need to hide that side of themselves, lest anyone think they're one of "those" girls.
Personally, I think Miley looks ridiculous. I don't enjoy her music and her style leaves a lot to be desired. But as a mother of a daughter, it ticks me off that so much of the criticism leveled at Miley has to do with the sexual nature of her performances. Women being sexual is not any more inappropriate or disgusting than men being sexual. Do I think Miley's behavior sends a positive message to young girls? I don't know. It actually seems pretty harmless compared to the rest of the music industry. But the message being sent here, the one I don't want my daughter to pick up, is the idea that female sexuality is unacceptable.
Yup. After that awards show thing she did with Robin Thicke, which I didn't see firsthand but read about after, I got so incredibly ticked off at all the people who said "Poor Robin, he must have felt so awkward!" Excuse me? Watch 30 seconds of his most popular video, look up the lyrics and read along, then tell me again that he was uncomfortable.
I feel the same way about Miley as you do but if I had to choose between having my 13yo DD listen to any one of her songs or that one of his I'll take Miley every time. At least she sings about her own sexuality and not "knowing" someone who seems to be a "good girl" actually really "wants it". The thing that irritates me about his song isn't that the woman he sings about apparently enjoys sex, it's that it's supposed to be a secret that he's calling her out on.
Miley reminds me of Charles Barkley (I believe it was?) when some people said he wasn't a good role model and his answer was basically well yeah, I'm not
a role model, I'm an athlete. It's your job to set the example for your kids, not mine.