When I was a kid, my mom and I used to watch All In The Family as a nightly ritual. By 11, I had finished all the episodes and developed a slight dependence on Archie Bunker. He mirrored my own dad in a lot of ways — gruff but kind, and a little racist.
So when I realized that his name was not, in fact, Archie but was instead, Caroll—a girl’s name?—I was devastated. Worse, I found out he was actually on very good terms with the actress who played his wife. The illusion was shattered, and I had to deal with the hard-learned lesson that what you see on TV isn’t always reality.
So it’s no surprise that Miley Cyrus can’t catch a break. You show a little side-boob 10 or 15 time in your late teens and early 20s and everyone gets all sensitive about it.
After performing this past weekend at a “Christmas Creampies” concert in Hollywood, Cyrus got in some hot water for her barely-there outfit. Her high-waisted pants were paired with a body chain, snakeskin boots, and a bra with cut-outs.
Unfortunately for Cyrus, once you’re a celebrity at any age, you become the property of the people. Cut all your hair off? Weird outfit? Unacceptable! You are our puppet.
It’s nothing new for celebrities who are marketed to young girls to get heat when they start acting their age. Cyrus is going through the common rebellion of budding adulthood. The only real difference is that she has a lot more money, and has the unblinking eye of the camera on her whenever she’s in public.
But ultimately, this fury over the “inappropriate” behaviour of former Disney stars is exclusive to the girls. When boys become men, it’s expected that they’ll change, wear different clothes, sleep with girls, drink in public.
For the girls who become women, however, there’s still an expectation of piety and innocence. So poor Miley, no matter how old she gets, is still expected to be a well-behaved tween girl. The fight for girls to grow up the way they want is more of an uphill battle than it is for the boys.
Parents are often outraged by this development, and the fear of hyper-sexualizing young girls. What’s forgotten is that Cyrus’ audience has aged with her and are probably far less concerned about seeing her sternum.
Not that her outfit wasn’t insane. Those boots just look uncomfortable.
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