If any of you watched the recent broadcast of the Video Music Awards, or VMAs, you undoubtedly have increased your vocabulary by at least one word – twerking.
I won’t get into what it means. It’s raunchy and isn’t worth the ink. I will, however, direct my commentary to Miley Cyrus, whose singularly disgusting performance still has tongues wagging a week later.
I wasn’t going to write about it, but then a friend of mine posted the following on Facebook: "Is it just me or does anybody else have this worry in the back of their head that Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus will one day marry and spawn a race of mutant humans that will one day overthrow civilization?"
My response? This thought will haunt my slumber.
But back to her performance. Cyrus, um, danced – I use that term loosely here – with dancers who bore giant teddy bears, and she kept sticking her tongue out and groping herself. This is entertainment? Oh yeah...she sang, too. Sort of.
Wasn’t it just five minutes ago that every little girl in the country was watching Cyrus perform on television as Hannah Montana and wishing they could be like her? Here’s hoping those same little girls, now older and I hope wiser, have changed their collective tune.
So, Ms. Cyrus, I’m directing this at you...
You already know you have fans all over the world. Many of them have been fans since your Hannah Montana days, and many of them are young girls who are quite impressionable. They look up to you, and want to dress like you, talk like you, walk like you...they sing along with your music and they know every word to every song.
And you can bet they were watching when you were, um, dancing at the VMAs.
So my question is this, were you thinking of them at all when you put together this performance? Did you consider at all the fact that you are a role model for them?
A mother in Texas, who watched the show with her 13-year-old daughter, wrote her daughter a letter, which you can read in its entirety on her blog, “Roadkill Goldfish.”
The mom wrote, “Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you...” She ended the letter by writing, “Dear daughter, I am going to fight or die trying to keep you from becoming like the Miley Cyruses of the world. You can thank me later.”
When interviewed by the media, who had criticized her for pointing a harsh finger at Cyrus, the mom said, “If I could say anything to Miley, I would say this: ‘Honey, you are beautiful, you are valuable, you are loved, and you don’t have to do this for attention. This is not who God created you to be.’ ”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Young ladies, remember, who you are is not defined by the things you say and do, but it certainly is reflected in those things. And there is always, always, always someone watching you. Someone who wants to be just like you when she grows up.
You can reach Angye Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.