The other day, I posted my opinion of a certain celebrity who has recently been all over the news because of her recent descent into a rather inappropriate side of culture that is glamorized, even though we don’t want to admit it. Harsh as it may of been, it’s clear some misinterpreted what I meant when I said this person had become the definition of trash. While she, herself, is not a pile of garbage, her actions, and the message she is telling girls around the world, certainly is.
It’s no secret Miley Cyrus is the topic of many discussions circulating the world of social media right now. Starting with her recent “We Can’t Stop” video going viral and culminating her recent lap dance involving Robin Thicke at the VMAs, she has drawn a lot of attention. Perhaps the goal of her actions is to stir up a lot of attention for her among our culture which, she has certainly succeeded.
But my biggest problem is that she has gone from this sweet role model to this trashy character with no respect for herself, or those she may still have influence over. She certainly is doing “whatever she wants” and she definitely does not seem to want to stop anytime soon.
All this leaves me wondering exactly what it is our culture is changing into. This can’t be really what we want, is it? Do we really want to become a culture where we are okay with girls dressing down, grinding men and allowing themselves to be regarded as nothing more than toys for senseless entertainment, even televised for all to see?
Sure, we can teach our daughters to respect themselves, be independent and dress in a “lady-like” manner but at the drop of a hat, we let slide by the Miley Cyrus’ and say, “It’s so sad”. What is even more sad is the fact we just stand by and let culture keep telling girls that they can do whatever they want and if they want to grind some chauvinistic dude-bro, go for it.
I can guarantee parents are talking to their daughters about this. But is that all there is? One conversation in hopes it will deter them from winding up just like Miley? Where are the hordes of upset people marching on MTV, demanding change? Where are the hordes of upset parents, calling Miley and imploring her to rethink how she uses her influence? If we just say, “Poor thing” without doing anything else, we’re just letting this one slide by. What we’re really saying is, “This is kind of offensive but I don’t want to do anything about it”.
Where have our voices gone? Where have our passion fled to? Are we slowly letting morality slip from our grasp?
We would be wise to take Ferris Bueller’s advice, “If we don’t stop to take a look at life every once in awhile, it’ll pass us by”. I fear that where we stop to finally take it all in, it may be too late.
If you’re a girl reading this, I would encourage you to not follow in Miley’s foot-steps. You are worth so much more than what this world is going to tell you. You are far more than just some guy’s play-thing; as a matter of fact, you are not a play-thing at all.
You’re a human. You are a life. Your opinion matters.
You may not get much respect from this world but you certainly deserve it.
Don’t let this world tell you anything less.
And despite all the millions of voices in your head right now, you are awesome. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You have the beauty the world wishes it had.
But, then again, I’m just a guy married to an amazingly beautiful woman who constantly teaches me about respect and integrity daily.
What do I know?