A lot is being made of how Miley Cyrus looks in her feature for W Magazine. But not a whole lot of fuss is being made over what, exactly, she has to say in the interview accompanying the photos. Which is a problem. No, she's not bandying about saying shocking things, exactly. But she is spouting forth advice to the youths in her fan-base, and what she has to say might not be a message you want your teenager to adopt.
It's hard to worry about the celebrities your teenager looks up to and not feel like an ancient fart. It comes with the territory. But sometimes it's crucial to listen to what these celebrities in our teens' lives (for better or worse) are saying and how it might impact them. In the case of Miley's most recent words of wisdom, we get a double-shot of hypocrisy and shallowness.
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Miley's not being deliberately malicious or trying to cause her young fan-base to stray into poor behavior. Quite the opposite. She's trying to share the pearls of knowledge she's picked up along the way in the hopes they'll make life easier, especially for her female fans. The problem with that is that Miley herself is still so confused, and the message she's sending is a mixed one that could cause more harm than good. Miley says:
Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I'm trying to tell girls, like, 'F--- that, you don't have to wear makeup. You don't have to have long blond hair.' ... That's not what it's about. It's, like, personal style. I like that I'm associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock s--- where we just don't care. Like Madonna or Blondie or Joan Jett.
Moving quickly past the thought that most teenagers aren't gonna know who Vanna White is, let's talk about what Miley's actually saying here. She's preaching a message of self-acceptance ... based on what you look like. Our individuality is formed inside, what happens on the outside is the end result -- not the means.
Also "makeup and blonde hair"? That is basically describing herself! By being so contradictory, she's bound to be confusing her fans. It's one thing if she's all nude-faced and wearing baggy clothes, but she isn't -- she's not practicing what she preaches, she's practicing less is more and an adult look that many teenagers don't have the emotional maturity to understand the implications of.
Do you think Miley Cyrus should be giving advice to teens?
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