In a break from New York posts, I wanted to touch on something today here on the blog that has been bothering me, something that has had many blog posts and news articles written on it already.
But nonetheless, I think something still worth talking about as a society.
Today's post is part on Miley and part on the state of our world,
(so keep reading because it's not just about her.)
Yes, Miley Cyrus and that raunchy performance of her's Sunday night on the VMA's.
I actually didn't even see the performance until I landed in Seattle Sunday night heading home from New York. And upon landing Twitter was abuzz with it and it wasn't until Monday morning that I actually sat down and watched the performance on YouTube after seeing still shots from it.
And truly, what bothers me the most about it is that she has the whole world talking about her,
society is so upset with her grotesque performance that we're not talking about the things that matter,
we're not talking about the genocide in Syria,
the thousands of people in body bags from gas attacks.
We're not talking about the horrific things still happening in Africa or Asia or the many other places in our world where horrible things happen on a daily basis.
We're not talking about the important issues in our own country, the things that might save another group of school children from being slaughtered like at Newtown,
we're not talking about education for our children,
we're not talking about climate change and the impacts of global warming,
we're not talking about women's rights and healthcare.
Those are the things we should be talking about,
those are the things that we should be clicking on the news headers.
Truthfully, I could care less what Miley Cyrus does.
And while I thought the performance was ridiculous and raunchy,
it really only reflected back on her,
and showed us all who she really is, that's on her, she has to live with it.
All it really did, in my eyes, was make her reputation go down the toilet, both for singing
(which was horrible) and for the ugly outfits and raunchy dance moves
that have become part of her repetoir.
I think if anything, the backlash has showed us that,
contrary to what people want to say about her influencing our younger generations,
we aren't okay with what she's promoting.
No one came out and said they loved it, no one is coming out saying that we want our kids to act like that, because in short we don't, but that's Hollywood.
And we have to know the difference between real life and celebrities.
That's what we need to teach our kids, that there is a difference,
so that when they see Miley or Lady Gaga or Katy Perry taking their clothes off on stage,
that's not really real, it's for show, it's an act.
I won't pretend that I don't like these singers or that I don't like reading the celebrity news,
because I do.
I own many songs by all three of those singers and many more like them.
But we are pretending that this is the first time anything like this has happened,
how about when Britney Spears was dancing provocatively in a school girl outfit,
or Christina in her tiny leather outfit faze.
It's just an act, it's a show, it's a persona.
We've always known that, so why now are we spending so much time giving Miley
the attention that she so obviously is craving?
If we spent just a fraction of the time and energy we've spent tweeting about her performance,
and clicking on news links with photos from it,
we could find out a whole lot more about the things happening in our world that actually matter.
I guess at the end of this, I want to solidify that I'm not singling myself out.
I do this too and I want to make an effort to move in the other direction.
So maybe today, instead of clicking on that celebrity link,
click on the one that talks about the conflict in Syria,
or the uprisings in Egypt.
Click on the link that matters because at the end of the day,
we are part of this world too and there is more that truly matters than Miley's act,
there is more that matters and that we need to be aware of and act on than Hollywood.