We can all say whatever we want about Miley Cyrus -- including criticisms and praise -- and plenty has been said. But let's take a moment to remember that she is someone's daughter. Imagine how it must feel to be her mother or father and to hear the things that have been said. Now I get that no one wants to imagine that they are Billy Ray Cyrus (unless we're focusing purely on those mullet days because those were fantastic), but yes, I am going to go there and say I sometimes feel bad for Miss Miley Cyrus. And someone who has always come to her defense is her godmother Dolly Parton.
But thinly veiled in between praise for all that Miley has done is some words of caution from Dolly. Some very unexpected words coming from a gal who starred in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
First, let me make sure that everyone understands that I love Dolly Parton. I used to play Nine to Five (a reenactment game my friends and I made up when we were kids based on the movie) and I was Dora Lee. I love her music, her incredible style, and all that makes Dolly Dolly. I appreciate the wild, weird, and wonderful. Normcore isn't my thing. But I'd still sort of freak out over Miley's antics if she were my goddaughter. And Dolly admits that she has had moments of worry.
Dolly wrote about Miley for Time's 100 Most Influential People list (Beyonce made the cover) and said:
If I didn't know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her. But I've watched her grow up. So I don't. She knows what she's doing. She was very proud of the work she did as Hannah Montana, but people were gonna leave her there forever. And she was just smotherin' and chokin' in it. So she felt she had to do something completely drastic.
Dolly admits that the "something" that Miley does is drastic. And she adds, "She made her point, she made her mark, and more power to her. So I'm hoping that now she can relax and show people how talented she really is. 'Cause the girl can write. The girl can sing. The girl is smart. And she doesn't have to be so drastic."
That "drastic" word just hangs there. It's loud. And coming from Dolly, Miley's own godmother, that's a big statement. It says tone it down, Miley. Or maybe she's giving us a little preview into what's to come. Will Miley go the way of normcore? I really hope not because if someone wants to go around grinding in flesh-colored underthings with tongue wagging all the time, then more power to them. Like Dolly says, "I will respect her choices. I did it my way, so why can't she do it her way?"
Still, drastic. Wow. Dolly's just worried that people aren't taking her goddaughter seriously. Her talent being overshadowed by those antics. Who can blame her?
What do you think of Dolly worrying about Miley? Do you think Miley has gotten too out of control for people to take her music and talent seriously?
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