Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap
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Miley Cyrus, the 20-year-old singer who began her career as squeaky-clean star of the Hannah Montana television series, seems to have ditched that goody two-shoes image for good with her recent Video Music Awards (VMAs) performance. Cyrus performed with Robin Thicke wearing a nude bikini, made suggestive overtures to a foam finger, and caused legions to break down and Google twerking. Did Miley’s performance cross the line, are we making too much of it, or are we missing a chance to have a more important conversation about race and sex? You be the judge.
Get off my lawn! I have standards!
What’s the world coming to anyways with these young whippersnappers who have no self-respect, getting down with their bad self, on public display like a strumpet on the low street? Can’t a female singer use her voice to cultivate a following? Must they resort to waggling their netherbits in a man’s crotch to get attention? You’d never catch Anne Murray twerking! We need to start burning Miley .mp3s now.
This ain’t news. Ever heard of Elvis, that kid from Tupelo?
Miley’s getting a bad rap. She’s not the only rock n’ roller vilified for a performance. Elvis Presley scandalized the American public in ’50s with his raunchy hip movements — in fact, the cameramen were instructed to film Presley from the waist up only during is performance on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956. That was 57 years ago, people! Elvis was 21 years old, at the time.
We’re going to skip a few years in the history of music, though remember Madonna’s scandalous rocket bras? How about Janet Jackson’s great wardrobe malfunction of the 2004 Superbowl? (Some say that was planned. Conspiracy? Maybe.) The point is, we need to get over our prudish ways and move on. Silly happens!
Are we missing a teachable moment?
Controversy breeds opinions like poop breeds flies. It’s easy to watch Miley’s performance and dismiss her as a low-track streel, but are we missing a chance to have a larger discussion about race, sex, gender roles, and the evils of stereotyping? Are we unfairly dismissing Miley as a human being because of a few dance moves? What can we learn from this and how can and should we be discussing this with our friends, family, sons, and daughters so that we can all learn from it, instead of simply opining?
And now, over to you
What do you think? Did Miley’s performance happen on a slow news day? Do we all have more important things to think about? Does the general public just need a bit of context about the history of rock n’ roll? Did Miley’s performance simply go too far? Or, are we missing a chance to learn? Be sure to tag your entry with DPchallenge.