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While the world has been making a lot of noise about what a weirdo Miley Cyrus has become, I am one of the few who has been loving every minute of it.
The dislike for Cyrus comes from different quarters and in most instances is uncalled for. Okay, so what if she has reinvented herself? At some point the Disney kids have to grow up and this is how Cyrus has decided to go about her transformation.
At the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) the Wrecking Ball singer pulled a stunner when she twerked with singer Robin Thicke. The press went to town for weeks on how this was inappropriate, with some people from black communities saying she was disrespecting black women.
As a free thinker who believes no one owns any form of art, I feel Cyrus has received unnecessary negative reviews concerning the twerking issue. We’ve seen Solange Knowles throw shade (give attitude) at her for apparently “acting black”, but is that the issue at hand, or is it simply jealousy? We’ve never spoken about Solange as much as we have about the popular Cyrus, yet they are both performers.
However, there are people who think there is nothing wrong with the new Miley. Take Jay-Z, who makes special mention of the young singer on his new song, Somewhere In America: ’Cause somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerking. Twerk, Miley, twerk. And this song was written before the MTV VMA’s incident.
Another point that makes it obvious Cyrus is a victim is that when she danced raunchily with Thicke, he did not seem to mind at all, yet no one said a word about his participation. The man is married to the beautiful actress Paula Patton who, interestingly, went on record as saying she was shocked by all the controversy as she found nothing wrong with the performance. And Paula is black. So what is really going on here?
Methinks it is just the usual industrial beef. Everyone boxed Cyrus in a Disney milk carton and never saw her leaving that. She, on the other hand, lost the baby fat, cut and dyed her hair and exercised her pelvic muscles. You can’t be Hannah Montana forever now, can you?
Before we knew it, she had her first No 1 track on the Billboard 100.
While the word “twerk” was largely used in strip clubs and the porn industry, Cyrus became the first singer to openly perform the sexually suggestive dance routine and, in turn, added the word to the popular culture lexicon.
But you have to wonder who Miley Cyrus really is and what is driving her transformation. Enter Miley: The Movement, a revealing new documentary from MTV through which we will learn about the controversial artist and why she made the choices she is being criticised for. For the past four months, MTV’s camera crew has had full access to the star and viewers will get an idea of what turned the sweet little girl into a highly sexually expressive woman. The footage is an hour long and seeks to show the entire metamorphosis of Cyrus’ image, as well as ideals.
With her new album Bangerz releasing next Tuesday, the documentary airs at the perfect time to prepare us for the music.
We see the star’s ups and downs at home, in the studio and on the road. We’ll see how she handles the negative publicity on the VMA incident among other things, and she’ll explain why she felt the need to “change”.
She has almost taken over from Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber combined so it is interesting to step into her shoes and hear what she has to say for herself.
We also hope her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, has something to say about all the attention directed at his offspring.
Watch the documentary and see how a star is born – whether for the right or wrong reason is debatable.
Miley: The Movement airs tomorrow at 8.30pm on MTV (DStv channel 130).