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Why you should care what Miley Cyrus does
Miley Cyrus’s deplorable “twerking” at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) a couple of months ago, and the subsequent backlash from feminists, conservatives, black feminists, parents and even teens has been harsh but telling. In case you’re steupsing and/ or saying, “Miley who?” I think you should care.
Remember a song called Achy Breaky Heart? You must, if you’re over a certain age. It was a No 1 hit worldwide in 1992. Its singer Billy Ray Cyrus had a daughter named Miley and she would grow up on TV. She played the eponymous Disney TV show character Hannah Montana, the pop star alter ego of a teen girl named Miley Stewart.
Hannah Montana was the standard “tween” TV fare: quirky, precocious and cute, Miley was super-talented and managed to have a huge stage career as Hannah Montana while her father and friends kept the “real” Miley grounded and normal.
Given the ubiquity of Disney, even if you don’t know or care who Miley Cyrus is, your children sure do. And this is why it’s important for you as a parent to not only give a fig who she is, but to also be well-enough informed about her shenanigans to be able to have a conversation about them with your own children.
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