Monday, September 16, 2013

Di's Dish: I Miss Hannah Montana

Editor's Note: We're all back from vacation and we have a lot to say. First, Di gives us her take on Miley, oh Miley. Miley, coming from a boomer who worshiped Gloria Steinem as a teenager, you have set us back decades. Tweets aren't everything.

My 14 year old daughter uttered those four words after watching Miley Cyrus' "performance" on the VMA's. I certainly agree with her summation.

I understand that the VMA's historically have been a platform for shock value. I watched Madonna roll around on the floor in a wedding gown singing Like A Virgin all those years ago. People were outraged then. But this just seems different, and worse. 

I have a lot of things to say to Miley.

Miley, we don't need you to cavort crudely around a stage to understand that you are no longer Hannah Montana. Believe it or not, most of us fully comprehended that reality with the closing credits of the series finale. Instead of making us forget Hannah, you have now made us long for her.

Miley, if you want people to recognize you as an adult, then start acting like one. That's all you really have to do.

Miley, you could have left Hannah Montana and Disney and gone on to make a new niche for yourself. A generation of girls grew up with Hannah Montana defining their childhood. As those girls grow older, I now wonder if they will be able to look back at that piece of their childhood with any degree of fondness. Don't you care about that? You had the power, Miley. You had the 

power to inspire and lift up an entire generation of girls. And you blew it.

Miley, that "performance" was uncomfortable, awkward, cringeworthy, disgusting, tasteless, and crude. That "performance" was not artistic, sexy, classy, or good.

To the folks in charge at MTV, just because it can be done, doesn't necessarily mean it should.
PS to Robin Thicke, an established and bona fide successful talent - why would you hook your train to that wreck? And next time you consider appearing on stage with an immature adult, hire a new wardrobe consultant, because you may want to keep that striped suit on mothballs.

And the teddy bears? I feel as if someone just trampled on all of childhood.

Di is a suburban mom of two who recognizes the influences media has on childhood development.
Image Copyright Disney/Hannah Montana

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