Monday, March 3, 2008

Miley the next Britney?

I was trolling through the entertainment sites today during class (sorry I was bored!) and came across an article featured on's front page. It was titled, "Is Miley Cyrus the Next Britney Spears?"
MSN's Martha Brockenbrough slammed the tween queen saying she didn't deserve to appear on Barbara Walter's Oscar special, and that she is destined to become another botched teen star. The article got me a more than a little perturbed.
Apparently, "The 15-year-old has even ripped a page from Britney's handbook, publicly proclaiming her virginity while dressing for a hooker convention."
I admit, Cyrus' start to stardom looks eerily similar to that of former Mouseketeer Britney Spears, but that doesn't mean she'll follow in Brit's footsteps. Is it so hard to look at the glass half full and imagine and teen star that actually lives a respectable lifestyle? Why is everyone so out to put her down and make her into a celebrity hoar?
My favorite part of the article was the almost humorous simile Bockenbrough used when describing Cyrus' talent (or lack thereof)and the reasoning for not fueling kid's Miley fire.
"today she is a chicken nugget of a performer. If you ever want your kids to develop taste, you won't let them gorge themselves on nuggets -- even if all the other kids are doing it and your kids swear they'll never eat again if you don't give them what they want."
Is a chicken nugget the best she could come up with? Honestly.
Much of Bockenbrough's arguments come from the way Miley dresses and acts. Apparently she dresses like an adult but acts like a child. First of all, NEWSFLASH she's a fifteen year old girl! Of course she'd going to act like a child. It's just her childish mistakes (not wearing a seatbelt, taking pictures of herself at a PJ party with friends) get blown enormously out of proportion. As far as the dressing like an adult, don't you think that adults are making her fashion decisions for her? And in an interview with Miley's mom Tish, an example was given where Miley was forced to miss a meet and greet and was grounded because she argued with Tish who wouldn't let her leave the dressing room wearing an outfit her deemed inappropriate.
I'm not trying to hop on the Miley bandwagon here (although the more stories I read and write about the star the more it looks like I'm heading that way), but I see the impact she has on the younger generation. I babysit for kids who adore her and look up to her, and have modeled POSITIVE behaviors they've seen in their favorite idol. So maybe Miley will end up a Britney someday, but we don't know that for sure, so why don't we bask in the positive now while we still can?


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