Is The Attention Worth It? She’s Just Being Miley!

September 27, 2013
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We live in a world where the pressure to fit into a certain mold is always in the back of your mind. We’re constantly thinking about what other people are going to think about our decisions, appearance and attitudes. Maybe that’s our problem: we spend too much time trying to please other people.

If there’s anyone in this world not trying to live up to other people’s expectations, it’s Miley Cyrus. From a young age, Miley has been thrown underneath the white-hot spotlight known as the entertainment industry. She’s been showcasing her talent worldwide for almost a decade, starting as innocent Hannah Montana in 2006. As Miley continues to grow, physically, mentally and emotionally, the world sits back and waits for her to make a mistake.

In the past year, Miley has been one of the largest specimens underneath the microscope of criticism. The entertainment industry is notorious for building artists up to tear them down and the general public has taken a page out of their book. Recently, Miley has found herself in the news for just about everything, facing criticism for every decision she makes, every outfit she puts on and every person she’s spotted with. I know this might be hard for some people to understand, but Miley Cyrus isn’t the same person she was when Hannah Montana started filming in 2006 or even when it ended in 2011. Miley Cyrus was 13 when the first episode of Hannah Montana and 17 when the series finale aired; today, she’s 20. Believe it or not, a person changes a lot in seven years, especially as teenagers. Personally, I’m NOTHING like the girl I was at 13 or 17; I’ve grown and learned from my mistakes and life experiences, almost the same way Miley has. What’s the difference? The whole world isn’t watching me.

In May 2013, Miley announced “We Can’t Stop”, the first single off the album. A month later, the music video for “We Can’t Stop” was released and heads turned all over the world. The video proved one thing, Hannah Montana is long gone. Fast-forward to the summer months and Miley released her next single and music video, this time for the highly emotional track, “Wrecking Ball”. If you compare the reactions between the two videos, the “We Can’t Stop” reaction was whispering, “Wrecking Ball” reactions are equivalent to screaming on a loudspeaker. Miley’s much-anticipated album, Bangerz, drops on October 8th and it’s guaranteed to get people talking.

In the past month alone, Miley has received backlash for her racy VMA performance, her clothing choices, her split from her The Last Song costar and fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, and her newly released music video for “Wrecking Ball”. Is it necessary? Miley Cyrus is a twenty-year old girl trying to find herself and figure out who she really is and who she wants to be. In the same way that I’m pushing through seemingly pointless college classes to earn my degree and make a future for myself, Miley is pushing through days to further her career. Next time you want to judge Miley on her actions, think of your own actions. In my opinion, it’s time to leave her alone, let her twerk in peace and help her grow because honestly, she’s just being Miley.

 

-Meg C. (@megchamp07)

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