More Miley, more problems

Mary Anne Kavjian, Entertainment Editor

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The video opens to a young woman lying on a bed wearing a blindfold and very little clothes. Dancers at a party flash on the screen for just a moment, quickly returning to the girl rolling on the bed. If asked to name this pop singer, common guesses might include Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and maybe even Madonna, but few would jump to the correct answer of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus.

After wrapping herself up in her sheets, Cyrus gets out of bed in only underwear and gets ready to go party. She walks across the room to her bathroom, where she sits on her bathtub, still not wearing clothes, and puts copious amounts of makeup on her already dark eyes.

As the chorus begins, Cyrus is in the back of a limosine wearing ridiculously small shorts that covers little more than her underwear. After entering the party, Cyrus’s bare back is visible in the strobe lights. She is soon pressed up against much older men and women who grope her.

Following her new image that was revealed to her fans in her “Can’t Be Tamed” video last spring, Cyrus continues to raise eyebrows for the content of her videos. Her newest single, “Who Owns My Heart,” is filled with a similar sound and lyrics clearly not aimed at her Disney-age fans.

While the newest song off the Can’t Be Tamed album on is borderline appropriate, its music video cannot escape harsh criticisms. The Parents Television Council (PTC) president quickly spoke out against the video.

“It is unfortunate that she would participate in such a sexualized video like this one,” PTC President Tim Winter said. “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.”

Many of Cyrus’s fans are accustomed to seeing the modest and silly Hannah Montana on TV, who bears almost no resemblance to the racy and rebellious ‘new Miley.’ It is only natural that the parents of these impressionable young girls do not want their daughters to be negatively influenced by Cyrus’s new sexually-charged persona.

“She’s just trying too hard and it’s working against her,” senior Aya Ibrahim said.

With her tousled hair, heavy makeup and leotards, Cyrus looks like a mix between Lady Gaga and Ke$ha in both of her recent music videos.

With each new video that Cyrus puts out, the more attention from the press the pop princess gets. And after all, is that not what the music industry is all about?

Whether she gains more fans or critics, no one can deny that Miley Cyrus’s new sexy persona has gained her more press than any wholesome hit ever could.

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