So. I finally watched the “Wrecking Ball” Video by Ms. Miley Cyrus.
If you haven’t seen it- click here:
How did we get from this:
With over 183 million views, the comments on the YouTube/Vevo pages are pretty much the same. People are horrified that Hannah Montana has turned into this…I’m not really sure what to say.
But it happened to Britney….
My thoughts: Yes, I understand trying to shred the former Disney illusion, I do feel like she is over killing the sex- but honestly, who isn’t in this industry. Sinead O’Connor, put it best in her open letter to Miley. She said that this industry was “pimpin her out.” TRUE 100 PERCENT. I mean listen to “Magna Carta Holy Grail” when Jay-z is GIGGLING OUT LOUD SAYING “TWERK, TWERK, MILEY, MILEY.” People are trying to play her! But, to play devil’s advocate, in this industry how many artists- both female and male- have been “pimped out?”
Open Letter to Miley from Sinead O’Connor- Sinead O’ Connor’s Open Letter to Miley Cyrus
I appreciated the letter that O’Connor wrote, but what keeps racking my brain is what about the other artists? Where are the letters to them? Who is writing a letter to Lady Gaga? Or to Rihanna for the “Pour it Up ” Video. Or to Nicki Minaj for the “Beez in the Trap” video. Is it acceptable for these ladies because they were not former Disney employee’s? I understand what O’Connor was saying about being a role-model to younger girls. But, we have all watched that episode of Ellen when those two little princess eight year old girls came on the show just for Nicki Minaj.
People are so riled up, but if you are worried about what your children are watching on television or what they may be doing online- there needs to be entertainment boundaries. When I was little we didn’t have cable until I was thirteen and my mom and grandmother always monitored what I was watching. I mean who remember’s trying to flirt with someone over the phone and your mother or father picking up the other line telling you to “HANG UP.”
I think people are upset at Miley, because she has thrown a curve ball in the industry- and yes she is a mess. But, most artists are. Kanye West wore a leather skirt and a mask with white dreads attached in concert! Miley was the girl next door and I think that is what is upsetting people the most. She was the girl that everyone brought their kids to go see at the Wachovia Center or Madison Square Garden- and now parents feel like their concert money has been spent in vein.
Music videos, nowadays, are moving more and more towards porn, little by little. I do not know what the hell will happen when I have kids. Jack and I will probably have no television and keep the internet with all parental controls. It is difficult for kids now to be kids. Playing outside is taboo- unheard of. Food is filled with hormones and all kinds of terrible things. Times are not the same and how to we adjust? How do we raise children in the society of sex driven music artists and pop culture? How do we teach our children and young adults that whatever they see on television they are better than that? How do we explain to our daughters the decision making process that must occur when selecting a wardrobe? My mother always said “People will treat you, how you dress.” First impressions go a long way. My mom said this to me when I went to school in Philly, because I was the queen of wearing a headwrap, my temple owl sweatpants and a gym shirt. But, now, married, and as a professional actor- I have to make sure I do not send people the wrong messages. You do not have to be naked in order to be sexy. There is no suspension of disbelief and I think with some pop music that is what is missing.
Why in this industry to be an artist do you have to get naked.? It is happening all over in music, film and even theatre. I have a conversation with a lot of my actor friends, a lot of them are cool with nudity. Other friends I have, do not mind getting nude, if their salary is high. I know for me, I am not getting nude on stage. I am not ashamed of my body, I just won’t do it. I am from the old school, where your body is a temple and sacred. I know for a fact there will be people that disagree with me on this, but your body is your body appreciate it and do as you want and I will do the same with mine.
I really do feel sorry for Miley. I hope she can read O’Connor’s letter and really take it in. I am sorry that she does not have one person in the world, a friend, a true friend to say Miley sit the hell down and you don’t have to get naked to be a music icon. It really makes me thankful to God for the people in my life that have always had my back and that will continue to. But, I guess in this industry when you are surrounded by fame, wealth, people and paparazzi you begin to get clouded. You feel as though you are a GOD and that nothing can harm you. But, the thing is, if you do not stay grounded and focused and realize how you got to the top, there will always be someone behind you waiting to take your spot in fame. Keep yourself grounded, no matter what field you are in. Appreciate and know your body is a temple. Treat it with respect and care about it.
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Danielle Pinnock- Wallace
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