This is an adaptation of a post I made for Facebook earlier today. I figured I’d share it here since I haven’t been paying attention to Tumblr like I feel I should be. My bad! So, here we go.
I asked the question, “are we still talking about Miley Cyrus’ “performance” on the VMAs”? It became obvious to me within a few minutes of asking the question and looking around Facebook and Twitter that yes, we are. Some people are shocked that she has changed so drastically, so suddenly. After all, she was such a sweet little girl not too long ago. Now she’s airing out her lady parts on stage and backing it up on someone’s husband and smoking funny things and doing these awful things that young women and men without nearly as much attention or money do around that same age only not on a national stage. What is going on and is she going to be okay?
Here’s the thing: she’s not the first person to do this and she definitely won’t be the last. But based on the stories of others who made a quick stop by the weed man’s house on the road to maturity and personal growth, she’s gonna be just fine. So, here’s what I see happening for little Destiny Hope: we’re gonna get at most one more album of “experimental music” that involves Diplo and/or Switch, then after that it’s meticulously crafted pop-rock courtesy of people like Linda Perry, Greg Kurstin, Dr. Luke, and maybe Martin Terefe for a folksy feel. Add longer, darker hair (because you go longer and brunette when you’re being a serious female artist), more clothes, and some music videos directed by Sophie Muller, Johan Renck, Jonas Akerlund, or Floria Sigismondi. Maybe even a brief marriage and a child. And all of this cultural appropriation under the guise of youthful indiscretion will be an unpleasant afterthought.