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Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, VMAs, MTV, Blurred Lines, We Can't Stop, twerking

The Problem with Miley Cyrus is Robin Thicke

by Deborah Cruz

Miley Cyrus, RObin Thicke, VMAs, We Can't Stop, Blurred LinesOkay, Miley Cyrus, I get it you are not Hannah Montana. After last night’s VMA’s everyone is wondering just what the hell went so wrong in Miley Cyrus’ young life that warranted last night’s performance.  Was she over the top? Absolutely. Was she embarrassingly crass on stage? For sure! Has she not enough bootie to do the twerk justice? Indubitably. But is she some sort of anomaly who has gone completely off her respective Disney rocker? I’m going to say, probably not. Maybe but I seriously doubt it. My bigger concern was Robin Thicke , 36, in a Beetlejuice suit pushing his junk up on a twerking Miley Cyrus, 20. Ewww!!!! Can you say, dirty old man?

In my opinion, Miley Cyrus is not doing anything worse than most girls her age on college campuses and in clubs all over the country. I also have a sneaking suspicion that while “Molly” the lyric may have been banned from the VMAs by MTV, Molly the drug may not have been. The only difference between Miley and other 20-year-olds is that she is in the public eye and she used to be a Disney kid. You can’t be a Disney kid for the rest of your life, even Annetter Funicello got a little down and dirty with Frankie Avalon in those beach movies.Oh yeah, there was definitely some twerking like moves exhibited on the beach in bikinis, no less.

I’m starting to feel like either there is a Disney curse imposed on all young stars who dare leave the superpower or Disney is systematically taking all their deserters down. Selena Gomez, you better watch out. You might be next. I mean really where else can you go on the moral spectrum but down after Disney?

Miley Cyrus twerking, I find mildly offensive mostly because she has no ass to speak of but then again, I find twerking in general to be in bad taste. The Chucky Cheese furry leotard she was wearing when she took the stage with all the gyrating teddy bears surrounding her was really something my nightmares are made of but really did she do anything worse than Lady Gaga, Britney Spears or Madonna? Hell, no. She just happens to be a little more in your face about it. Miley Cyrus doesn’t just want to shed her Disney skin, she apparently really wants to full on destroy it, runit over and then back over it a couple of times. She never wants to be confused with Hannah Montana again. I mean who honestly wants to be type cast as everyone’s favorite crooning, saccharin southerner with a penchant for bubblegum snark and getting into I love Lucy like trouble, for the rest of your life?

She is growing up. She is not married. She is young and she was having fun. Not to mention, do you really think this was all her idea? You think she choreographed and put it all together? NO! Some adult, who probably has children themself, is capitalizing on what very well could be her breakdown. Or maybe she is the sanest young star in Hollywood ever. I don’t know. Either way, I love her new song and I found the performance funny and entertaining. She is an entertainer, right? You’ve seen the video? WTF did people expect?

Robin Thicke, however, is a married, grown ass man with a child, he should not have been pushing up onto a 20-year-old. But no one is saying boo about his behavior. Did the penguin suit give him pedophile immunity?Are we really such a woman hating society that instead of feeling sorry for the hot mess Miley Cyrus’ life appears to be, we judge her with impunity.If we really gave a shit wouldn’t someone try to help get her back on track? Where are her parents? Where did her fiance go? Doesn’t she have any friends? Where the hell is Leslie? Can we just stop with all the judging, she is the one who is going to have to live with doing these things.

As someone whose already been through the finding yourself process, I know I did some stupid shit only my “twerking phase” was not televised and exploited. It was limited to a few hundred people at a club or at a frat party but I certainly did some embarrassingly stupid things in my day; way worse than twerking and sticking my tongue out while dry humping a foam finger. As a woman, I know the early 20’s is exactly when this happens. Freedom plus alcohol equals bad judgment.

As a mother of girls, I know this can happen to any of our daughters. Do I hope my girls don’t go through this phase? Yes, I hope they bypass it all together. Will they? Probably not. Will I shame them and mock them? Never. Will I worry? Of course. But most of all, I will be there to catch them when they fall. I will be their soft place to land and I pray it doesn’t all end up on the evening news.

Miley Cyrus is not some out of control twerking fool. She is just someone who is 20 trying to figure out who the hell she is. Robin Thicke, however, has blurred the line between what is sexy and what is full on pervy.

Think what you may, you will not soon forget the Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke VMA performance for years to come and to semi quote Kevin Hart,

“Miley Cyrus might need a pregnancy test after her performance with Robin Thicke.”



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Jennifer 2013/08/26 - 10:11 am

FYI, I’m applauding you. This is what I’ve been saying all along. I think the reason it bothers people so much is that she isn’t conforming to the person they think she should be based on a CHARACTER she played on television.

Tricia O. 2013/08/26 - 10:21 am

Honestly, it is no worse than Madonna writhing on the stage like a cat in heat when we were little girls, singing “Like A Virgin” on the very same awards show. The thing that bothered me the most about Miley’s performance was her tongue. It was so white it looked like she hadn’t brushed it in weeks. She had it stuck out of her mouth as much as in it, so it was hard not to notice.

As for Robin Thicke, well, did we expect anything less from a man who has been trying for the last 15 years to be famous, and finally really did it by attaching a video to his song that has nekkid, barely legal girls jiggling around in it?

I wasn’t that bothered by it. If she wants to stand up there and act a fool, just like we all have at frat parties and bars, just like you mentioned, that’s her decision. And I don’t necessarily think it was a bad one. I’m betting sales of her song increase significantly today.

adrian 2013/08/26 - 11:31 am

I usually agree with you, but you’re off base here. She’s a grown ass woman with all the rights and privileges and personal accountability that comes with it. Please don’t negate the power of personal choice for young women by blaming someone else. They aren’t stupid, skanky, and foolish just because they are young and unmarried. It’s because they choose to be. Just like the thousands of responsible young women who make good choices and honor themselves but don’t make the News–choices demonstrate personal character. My daughters are mileys age and they work, attend college classes and take responsibility for their behavior. Rather than standing by and applauding her piss poor behavior like Trish Cyrus my girls had a role model and a parent who set boundaries and taught values. Mileys problem isnt Robin. It’s herself, trish and Billy Ray.

Deborah Cruz 2013/08/26 - 11:52 am

I 100% agree that she is responsible for her behavior and that her parents share culpability. I do not blame Robin Thicke for her actions. She wasn’t some innocent kid up there on stage at all. The only thing I hold Robin Thicke accountable for is his own bad decisions. She twerked and was half naked but anyone whose seen her videos knew that was going to happen. And from Robin’s video, I knew that would be raunchy as well. My issue is with the entire Internet saying look at Miley Cyrus that skanky whore and no one is mentioning Robin Thicke who is equally a skanky whore. Both are adults and both should be held responsible for their less than stellar behavior. I don’t care what either of them do. I do think that Miley’s parents have failed her in that her mother was standing there applauding while her daughter was paraded on stage like a naked circus clown. The problem is that no one wants to piss off the money maker, who cares if she’s ruining her reputation and career.
And yes, there are many young ladies who were fortunate enough to have good role models like yours but some girls don’t get that. I am like you,I am hoping I raise my daughters with enough self-respect and class not to twerk on tv but if they did, I don’t think I would be clapping for them but I also wouldn’t mock them. I’d try to guide them through their growing pains and help they reach the other side mostly unscathed and not have their indiscretion end up on the Internet forever.

Deborah Cruz 2013/08/26 - 11:52 am

P.S. For reading regularly and responding.I really appreciate feedback:)

Jackie 2013/08/26 - 2:13 pm

I’m not sure what I think… was she a bit over the top? Maybe. Was he wrong in what he did? Maybe. Did they come up with that entire dance scene by themselves? I doubt it.
Like you said… we’ve all done stupid things before when we were that age but we weren’t in the spotlight either.

Jack 2013/08/26 - 2:36 pm

I hold them both accountable and the choreographers. It was obnoxious but not surprising.

Jess 2013/08/26 - 4:19 pm

This was gross. All of it. You’re right, that is an excellent point that he needs to be culpable for this performance too. I didn’t know he was married. GROSS! It’s sad what she’s become. And I’m reminded why Disney doesn’t even rerun her show anymore. Sigh. Thank God my kids weren’t around to catch any of this mess.

Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered) 2013/08/27 - 12:11 pm

I thought the whole thing was gross and ridiculous. I think she made her choices and he made his. Are we talking about her more? Yep. She’s appearing to crash and burn. It’s like Britney, we talk about them more when they seem to fall off track. She’s got talent, but this to me wasn’t like Madonna or Britney, it was skanky. But hey, Madonna was the trendsetter, so she didn’t get looked at the same way, by me – anyway – I was a kid! But him? Gross. I hadn’t seen his video(s) yet, but I did enjoy the song – it’s catchy and all – even if I came across it late in the game, but he’s gross and dirty old man-like. Bring on Macklemore and JT for real performances. 🙂

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