- SOE professors named co-directors of association
- BFA student works featured in one-week show at UAB Visual Arts Gallery
- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
Viewpoint: Miley Cyrus, keep your clothes on
Miley Cyrus took the world by storm as she appeared on Disney’s Hannah Montana, showing what skills she had as a pop singer while leading a double life. Miley earned the love of toddlers and teenagers as she played a role on TV and performed in real life on the stage. Cyrus even earned – as many stars do – fans that worship her far more than they should, such as several years ago when a “Texas woman who tried to win tickets for her six-year-old daughter for a concert by Miley Cyrus, better-known as Hannah Montana, by having the girl lie in an essay-writing contest and claim help her father had died in Iraq” (CBS News). This time period as a Disney star was the highest point in Miley Cyrus’s career.
On the twenty-fifth of August Miley Cyrus performed at the VMAs, singing “We Can’t Stop” which “was written by Timothy and Theron Thomas and given to Cyrus when she told them, presumably without a wince: ‘I want something that feels black’” (The Guardian), while wearing a nude colored bikini and a foam finger. Miley walked across the stage twerking – the act of shaking one’s hips in a bouncing motion and squatting – and sticking her tongue out like she was the new Gene Simmons. I myself grew up watching Miley Cyrus on Hannah Montana, drawn in by the plot and music, and was surprised by the actat the VMAs. Miley Cyrus clearly wanted to show a more mature side, but stripping and jiggling her body does not qualify as such.
I understand why she, like many, would do such a thing: sex sells. It is a cold fact of life that has been applied in media for over one hundred years; However, just because people understand why she would do such a thing does not mean that she, or anyone else, should resort to using sex as a marketing tool.. There is a line on what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to the human body and Miley has crossed the line. If people want to feel and look sexy they should still look appropriate, especially those who have a legion of fans that look up to them dearly. Miley’s performance was no different than a stripper at a rundown bar trying to make a little extra though.
Miley Cyrus can go ahead and be a little sexy if she wants, but she needs to respect her body and the developing minds of the children that grew up looking up to her as a role model.. Miley Cyrus was famous while wearing clothes so I don’t see the need for her to lose them in the course of her career.
By Eric Kaemmerer, Staff Writer