A certain line in Miley Cyrus' single, "We Can't Stop," has some parents a wee bit worried. It sure sounds like she's singing about "dancing with Molly," which is a euphemism for MDMA, or Ecstasy. But she and her producer were telling people it was "dancing with Miley," duh. Well now she's adding a little nuance to that claim: OK you guys, fine, Miley is singing about drugs. "If you're aged 10 [the lyric is] Miley. If you know what I'm talking about then you know. I just wanted it to be played on the radio and they've already had to edit it so much."
Wow, okay. That sounds pretty simple, right? If you're an innocent youngster, you'll think Miley is singing about dancing. If you're older and wiser, you'll know she's talking about Fun Times With E. And these two groups of people live on completely different planets so it's all good. Glad we sorted that all out. Now let's draw a Venn diagram.
I'm serious, if you were to draw a Venn diagram of "10-year-old Miley Cyrus fans" and "people who know what Miley is singing about," it would look something like this:
Hmm, I see some overlap there. In fact, I'm probably being conservative with that overlap -- it's probably a lot larger than that. The thing is, there's not a whole lot you can shelter from a 10-year-old these days. Your innocent little child IS going to find out what Miley is really singing about, and she doesn't even have to know what Ecstasy is or does (though she probably knows that, too).
Now, I happen to think that while it would be nice of Miley to feel a sense of responsibility toward her younger fans, she is absolutely under no obligation to shelter your children for you. She's more or less an adult now and can do whatever the hell she wants to do. This is on us, parents. This is just another reason why we need to pay attention to what our kids are listening to and have conversations with them about it.
Miley likes to do drugs. Miley likes to sing about doing drugs. Miley likes her songs to play on the radio. This is how rock and roll has worked for the past 70 or so years. I think we can handle it, right parents?
Do you think it's irresponsible for Miley Cyrus to sing about taking Ecstasy?
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