The latest is that Miley’s 5 year Disney Hannah Montana contract has not been renewed, in spite of her following of 5 million viewers. It could be something to do with Miley Cyrus’s un-Disney “pole dancing” routine in super-short shorts to her “Party in the USA” hit, and various other slips. Many were up in arms about her shocking example to her teeny-bopper audience. And rightly so…
And yet, walk into any middle or high school in Summer, and what will you see? – shorts so short, there’s hardly anything to distinguish them from the panties (or g-strings) that are hopefully underneath. The question is, “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”
Sure, stars like Miley, have a startling influence on the way kids act and dress, but then again, why should she dress differently from any other American teenager? Are her short-shorts a worse example than those of big sister, or the cool girl next door?
And when those little neighborhood girls perform in their local jazz concert, what do they wear? A little bit of nothing, tights, and tons of makeup. Do parents complain? Probably not – it’s a theatrical performance. Well, isn’t Miley putting on a theatrical performance on a grand scale? Is she supposed to wear bloomers?
Consider what “grown up” performers wear – Jennifer Lopez in her frankly embarrassing New Year “gecko-suit”. The way that outfit clung to crevices left many viewers scarred for life – including all the kids watching the New Year’s Celebrations. And how about Rihanna in her ridiculous Micky Mouse get-up? Or Beyonce in her “single ladies” playboy-bunny leotard.
Agreed, Miley’s promoters should ensure that her performances present a more innocent image in future – leave out the “pole-dance” ice-cream cart for a start. Okay, she had to hold onto something to keep her balance, but next time, how about something a little less suggestive, like … um… a giant ice-cream, or a teddy-bear perhaps.
And what about our teens? How does a parent tell a teen that she can’t wear make-up and sexy come-on shorts and tank, when everyone else is doing it? That’s like allowing athletes to take steroids and then saying “no” to one sorry loser.
Shouldn’t our middle schools in particular, be a little stricter when it comes to dress and makeup? Enforce the rules, not just play lip-service to them – and give us poor guilt-burdened parents (and Miley), and the hormonally- driven teen guys a break. Then more school work might get done, more kids will excel and become part of a skilled work-force, the economy will pick up and…and….nuf said! (And you thought the recession was caused by the Fat-Cats).