It is easy to understand why we all crave admiration and fame. We grow up on a staple diet of movies, music, books, art, theatre and other forms of creative self expression and pop culture. Add to that the connectivity and global reach of the Internet age and you’ll realize how this early and long term exposure makes us vulnerable to influence. In fact, sometimes the world of media and all its different forms seems to gather a Big Brother like dimension.
Everything we are, everything we wear and eat and buy and admire is dictated by the terms of a force beyond our control: the collective power of the media in all its forms and in all of its magnitude is what determines the course our life takes.
And so, its not surprising that we all seek the status of superstars. When we see famous actors and singers and writers and businessmen, we crave to be like them. Society makes it easy for us to believe that those dreams are attainable. And sometimes, they really are.
But nothing can be more damaging to an individual than fame that comes before time. Let’s face it, not everyone you see on the TV or splashed across the front pages of a newspaper or magazine is actually talented or deserving enough to be there. Some combination of luck and destiny is often mingled into the people who shape our pop culture influences.
But the thing is, is the entertainment industry worthy of such undulated, unending attention and scrutiny? Isn’t the world full of a lot of other, more important things? Are we not living in a bubble defined by our constant need to seek entertainment, in order to escape from the harsh reality of our limited existence?
These questions ARE relevant because society cannot thrive without entertainment and whether we like it or not, global issues lag behind these celebrity-related-media. And so this thing needs to be understood and given attention because it is important. Because it shapes most of us in ways we cannot always understand. And because many common men and women are NOT in a position to understand the subtleties of this dictatorship.
Like most others, I saw Miley’s VMA performance with my jaw dropped. I was never truly fond of the Hannah Montana star but the truth is, thousands of little girls loved her on the show. They buy Hannah Montana products. In fact, Hannah Montana is a business in itself. It is a household name. Nobody can deny the influence this show and its star have had on young girls in their tweens and teens.
So when Miley sings, ‘It’s our party we can do what we want to’, I’d say, sure you can but then…maybe you can’t?
Let’s analyse this for a moment. Miley Cyrus owes her fame to a combination of her father, Disney and Hannah Montana and all the little girls who love to watch these Disney shows. She owes her money and her stardom to her fans. She has a good voice, she can act but then, there are sure to be dozens upon dozens of other, much more talented people hidden in the folds of our world. People who have no way of realizing their dreams in this way.
So yes, she has the right to DO what she WANTS to do, but first of all, she should not be shoving it down everyone else’s throat. And secondly and more importantly, as a STAR and as someone who gained fame through a CHILDREN’S show, she does not exactly have the freedom to just shake it all of and move on without sparing any thought for all those young people who’re watching her, getting influenced by her, wearing and using Hannah Montana products and fueling her I’m-a-spoilt-rich-girl dreams.
All the negative reaction, all of it is important and these opinions are worth voicing because everything Miley is doing today adds up to show where our youth is headed. You can read some more about all that over here.
This is not what growing up is all about
Is it just me? Am I the ONLY one who thinks that growing up is not about ANY of the things Miley Cyrus does in her new song We Can’t Stop? And IF that’s what people today think, then maybe I don’t want to live on this planet?
I think it is rather clear that early fame and lack of proper channeling has lead Miley Cyrus to a point where she is really not dealing very well with her life. Growing up is about gathering yourself, gaining maturity and some sort of stability. If going from being an actor to being this weird and confusing bundle of a messed up celebrity is what growing up really is, then I couldn’t be more sorry.
In her defense, Miley Cyrus got fame very early, she got used to an easy life and to never hearing no. She isn’t the one who is in the wrong for proclaiming herself as the I-don’t-care-what-anyone-says-I’m-just-having-fun type of person. She’s just twenty and exposed to a lot of attention and to all sorts of luxuries unimaginable to the rest of us. People who’r letting her get away with it, standing up for her and actually admiring her are the ones who need to stop and analyse, what is wrong with the world? She should be getting a good sitting down and maybe some sessions with a shrink. Not undue adulation non-stop talk. Can’t you see, she doesn’t even care about any of this? She likes all the publicity, both good and bad. She needs help, not this excruciatingly-painful-to-watch admiration.
Should we tone down and stop talking about all this so much?
No. Because this is our world and we have to take it back into our hands. Go to Twitter and see what’s trending and you’ll know where the priorities of the world lie. A big asteroid or a Tsunami or an earthquake or an epidemic may wipe half of us off this planet soon and yet the people who’re working to warn us about all these eminent dangers won’t get any newspaper space. That’s the bubble we’re living in, as a society. That’s what we need to break out of, for the sake of ourselves and our children.
And that is why people like Miley Cyrus need to be taught that being in the limelight so much attaches a sense of responsibility to them. The world will not stop looking at them and if they won’t stop shoving all these irresponsible, money-wasting activities down our throats, then our youth is doomed. This IS a serious matter indeed, and its about time we stop with the jokes and the memes and the scandals and all that other pop culture nonsense we indulge in and see if maybe, what we need to do is steer it all into a more positive direction.
So that’s my take on this week’s Weekly Challenge
PS: Additional note
Here’s Miley’s squeaky clean image from her pre-rebel days. You can compare and contrast for yourself. These are nice songs with really great messages. I guess someone was filtering her. I will admit, I miss seeing this Miley.