Miley’s ‘Means To Ends’ Is Questionable

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Miley Cyrus-PZH-000280Justin Bieber lately you get a temporary pass from me buddy… at least until the Miley Cyrus phenomenon, machine or whatever it is ends. I’m hoping it ends soon, for all of our sakes.  My new favorite person to scrutinize for irresponsible actions is Billy Ray’s daughter, and rightfully so. Basically, all the criticism and jeering is justified.  Miley Cyrus is going through a ‘shock’ phase to get attention and the saddest part is that it is working and that is sad.  I understand she needs attention to give her a decent stab at a comeback, particularly after Can’t Be Tamed was pretty tame in sales from start to finish, but still, she’s taken it to a new level.

Sex always garners attention, so Cyrus has decided to sex up her image.  Fine, seems the natural course of action for any teen star… good or bad.  Add some hip-hop culture to the mix and now Miley has ‘swag’ (“We Can’t Stop”).   Perform given breakout single at VMAs, wear provocative clothing, scar children’s minds for ever by destroying the sanctity of the teddy bear, spank someone’s butt, strip, twerk on Robin Thicke and change the purpose of a foam finger forever…Hmm…Okay…  Then throw in tears, a wrecking ball, a sledgehammer, nudity, and plenty of tongue action, and you have a number one single (“Wrecking Ball”).  Well, the song’s good at least.

miley-cyrus-67Now Miley has taken a page out of Green Day’s book at the I Heart Radio Music Festival by making it more buzz worthy on internet traffic than it would’ve been.  Congratulations, maybe? I dunno.  Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong had a breakdown on the 2012 festival that led to a stint at rehab and certainly didn’t help propel sales of the band’s trio of albums released in the fall of the same year (they basically bombed). At the 2013 edition, it was Miley’s outrageous outfit that drew attention, though certainly didn’t have quite the disturbing effect that Billie Joe’s um issues.  Still, the outfit seems so unnecessary.  Why does Miley have to go so, um, trashy?  That’s the aspect of the new Miley I just can’t wrap my brain around.

PHOTOS: Miley Cyrus performing at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival

WATCH: Miley Cyrus is brought to tears on the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village stage

Miley Cyrus25-20130917-26I mean, Miley has a song I actually like in “Wrecking Ball” and I didn’t mind “We Can’t Stop” that much (could’ve done without all the processing and that “molly” lyric).  So why can’t Cyrus’s endeavors be about the music and promoting it in a more refined manner? Why does everything have to become sexual innuendo?  What makes it worse is that it’s clumsy and awkward at that.  I mean there’s nothing wrong with a little naughtiness, but Cyrus’s ‘means’ to achieve a successful album and reinvigorate career seem a bit irresponsible to me.  Maybe it’s just hunger for stardom or renewed stardom, but still, the shock value is offensive, at least in my opinion.

Rant: Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Nothing Short of A Hot Mess


This post was supposed to be my review of Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, or even analyzing Lil Wayne’s uninspired year, or even catching up with releases from August 20 be it TGT’s sensually-propelled Three Kings or August Alsina’s EP Downtown: Life Under A Gun. But NO, this is a post about one who truly “can’t be tamed” and proved it to the upmost on MTV’s once more controversial Music Video Awards Miley Cyrus more than extinguished her teeny past – she made herself look like…choose a word of your preference (skanky, etc.).  I mean, was this sexually driven performance really courtesy of the same girl who sang that incredibly annoying song about climbing a mountain?

Miley Cyrus-PZH-000280My thoughts on Miley Cyrus? I have never been a fan – I promise you that.  And after watching the spectacle that was called a ‘performance,’ I highly doubt  I will ever be one.  Let’s keep it simply musical to begin with.  Cyrus sounded like a pitchy trainwreck on both “We Can’t Stop” and “Blurred Lines”.  I mean, “We Can’t Stop” is certainly more appealing than most of her singles, but such an inaccurate performance just welcomes the skeptics.  And she should’ve avoided “Blurred Lines” like the plague, for realz.

Oh and her dancing…CHILD! That was nothing short of atrocious to the nth effing degree. Stop dancing Miley, please! I’m begging you with all my heart! Oh and Robin Thicke, you’re my bro and all, but you certainly did yourself no favors… NADA.  Those live vocals (specifically them  runs) was not popping any way, shape or how.  You have less to prove than MC, but still it’s hard not to point the accusatory ‘studio singer’ label.  I prefer my live vocalists with some sense of relative pitch while performing.  Sex doesn’t atone for musicianship. #SMDH.

Miley Cyrus-JTM-064938While I have no problem with Cyrus trying to break away from her past, Sunday night was also an artistic disaster from top to bottom. I mean, fuzzy teddy bears? Foam fingers?  Provocative tongue action? That god-awful outfit? Cuss words, cuss words, cuss words!  And then the strip tease just made it even more sluttier… pardon my French.  Oh and to return to bottoms, I think it’s way, way past time for Cyrus to quit twerking.  She should’ve never started.  And should never ever go there again.  Can we cancel the upcoming album Bangerz? She should save herself from the surefire criticism before it happens.  I would – I’m just saying.

Ultimately, Miley Cyrus has probably done herself more PR damage than she intended. I think she wanted to shock by all means, but shock value also has a fine line that can be incredibly detrimental to a career.  If I were her, I’d be ashamed.  That was nothing short of tasteless, period.  You know how Jay-Z urges Miley to “keep twerkin’” on the Magna Carta…Holy Grail song “Somewhereinamerica”? Hov, that was hella irresponsible man!