Why I (Mostly) Agree With Miley Cyrus


I don’t often write about pop culture on my blog. I figure there’s enough of that out there.

But when this new “feud” between Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift caught my attention, I just couldn’t help but react to it. 

If you’re out of the loop, Miley Cyrus recently made a comment about Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video that sparked this “feud” between the two singers. This is what Cyrus said:

“I don’t get the violence revenge thing. That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”

I agree. Breasts are not worse than guns. Nudity and sexuality in some sense can be linked to some serious issues (i.e. pornography addiction, the sex trade, etc.) However, can you seriously tell me that violence is any better? North America praises violence and condemns sexuality, especially female sexuality. Miley Cyrus is constantly being called a bad role model because she posts graphic sexual images/videos of herself online.

Do I agree with Miley Cyrus’s posting habits? No. Of course not. I’m not offended by it, but I don’t think it’s a good thing either. And yeah, Taylor Swift may appear “cleaner” than Miley Cyrus, but I don’t see why she should be called a role model either.

What defines a good role model anyway? What has Taylor Swift done to be deemed a good role model? Is it just because she doesn’t do some things? Is that what defines a good role model right now?

Oh, Taylor Swift doesn’t do drugs or get drunk (as far as we know)
Oh, Taylor Swift doesn’t swear in her songs
Oh, Taylor Swift doesn’t have nude pictures floating around on the internet

I think we seem to forget that celebrity stats =/= role model. Taylor Swift, although seemingly sweet and innocent and cute and perky and “clean” has done nothing in my books to make her a good role model to anyone.

Why don’t we start choosing role models based on what they DO? Why don’t we choose role models who are people who actually try to make a difference in the world? Why do we constantly try to push the “role model” label on celebrities just because they can sing or act or both? Wealth doesn’t make you a good role model. Fame doesn’t make you a good role model.

Miley Cyrus isn’t a good role model. And neither is Taylor Swift.

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