Miley Cyrus’ new video for her song, “Who Owns My Heart?,” is out — and you’d think she had filmed herself stripping or simulating sex or doing heroin or something. It seems that many are upset, according to the Hollywood Gossip and other media outlets, over the 17-year-old’s provocative look, her sexually suggestive scenes on a bed, her wearing of a blindfold, her skimpy attire. But is there really anything wrong with “Who Owns My Heart?”?
One would think that Miley Cyrus had prepared the world for her sexual coming-of-age long before the new video. In fact, one might think she was sending a message in the first single — and video — and title track released from her latest album, “Can’t Be Tamed.” Instead, most seem to have forgotten that the young megastar is nearly 18 years old and has been attempting to act older than her years for … well, years.
Miley Cyrus has posed in topless pictures for Vanity Fair, tangoed with a stripper pole at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, was caught on video grinding with producer/director/So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman, and simulating a very Madonna-like girl-on-girl kiss on Britain’s Got Talent. And that is just a few of the things she’s done that has been considered scandalous.
And all of those actions caused mini controversies — except the Vanity Fair pictures, which caused a major controversy. Too revealing, some said (one picture showed the then 16-year-old topless, a sheet pulled up to cover her front, her back bare). Much ado about nothing, others claimed.
Miley Cyrus has been way too young, growing up too fast, and betraying her fans — predominantly little girls and tweens — since she was an early teen herself — or so her critics say. Some, however, believe that the young singing star has carefully orchestrated her every move, her “scandals” all just part of a marketing blueprint that seems modeled after the very successful career of Britney Spears.
At least she stopped apologizing for her more controversial “scandals”…
The conservative Parents Television Council took issue with the video as well. They issued the statement:
“It is unfortunate that she would participate in such a sexualized video like this one. It sends messages to her fan base that are diametrically opposed to everything she has done up to this point. Miley built her fame and fortune entirely on the backs of young girls, and it saddens us that she seems so eager to distance herself from that fan base so rapidly.“
Although the last part of the statement (where Miley Cyrus’ fame and fortune derives), the former smacks of willful blindness, noting that the video “sends messages to her fan base that are diametrically opposed to everything she has done up to this point.” Apparently the Parents Television Council did not see the Vanity Fair pictures, the Teen Choice Awards stripper pole dance, or her video for “Can’t Be Tamed.” Not being diametrically opposed to the image she presents in the “Who Owns My Heart?” video — and the subsequent scandals that that non-opposition has prompted — is part of the reason why Miley Cyrus has become the teen icon she is today.
But is the video too racy? Did the 17-year-old cross the line of inappropriateness? Or does she have the right to be as sexy as she wants to be? Does she have a responsibility to her fans, especially the younger members of her fan base, to be a better role model?
Or is the video just a video, a marketing tool to sell downloads of her single? As for sexual appropriateness, the age of consent in every state of the United States is 16 years of age. In many countries, it is 15. Miley Cyrus will turn 18 on November 23.
Can’t Miley Cyrus now act her age now that she is of age?