Friday, August 28, 2009

Miley Cyrus is NOT Hannah Montana

As I was watching Miley Cyrus perform on the Today show this morning, I couldn't help but think about this girl. She -- Miley Cyrus -- does not have the best of both worlds. Miley Stewart is the fictional character portrayed on the Hannah Montana show on the Disney Channel who manages to have it all. Miley Cyrus herself has only the "Hannah Montana" personality. She's a superstar and a marketing machine. Her family is there supporting her, and she's taking advantage of the opportunities that are before her right now, and I hope it works out for her.

Matt Lauer explained that this was by far the largest crowd that has built up for one of their Summer Concerts in the Plaza. The people spanned several blocks (many of whom could not even see the stage), and waited and waited on a cool and rainy morning. He asked Miley Cyrus if she could even understand it. Of course she can't. But she seems to have a decent (if very calculating) head on her shoulders.

She was singing songs from her new CD The Time of Our Lives, which as a strong rock influence, and she stated outright that they weren't really the kind of songs that were really "her." She said that the CD came out to help promote her new clothing line at Wal-Mart. She's got the image down -- the rocker hair, the head-banging and everything.

If you've been in Target or Children's Place, you've seen this British rock style that's stocking the children's departments this fall. I don't mind the look (although pleather leggings at Target -- really??). This is along those same lines.

I think that Miley is trying to live up to the idol status that she's earned. But just because Hannah Montana is a fun character for our kids to follow, that doesn't guarantee that Miley Cyrus always will be, especially if our kids are much younger than the 16-year-old star.

Miley Cyrus is not Hannah Montana.

Miley Cyrus poses on the cover of Elle magazine in a cleavage baring shot.

Miley Cyrus pole-dances, not Hannah Montana, although it did happen at the Teen Choice awards, where she landed because of her role as the Disney princess she is (I was tipped off to this story by redblog, one of my new favorite movie sites, after I did the interviews with Erika Olsen for our 5 Minutes for Books Books on Screen column).

I didn't even know that Miley Cyprus had a CD Breakout from 2008, and that a new one was coming out (available exclusively at Wal-Mart apparently). This summer we've been enjoying Hannah Montana, Volume 3 and the Hannah Montana: The Movie CD. Hannah Montana and Miley Stewart, not the real teenager Miley Cyrus.

Amanda didn't start dipping her toe into that tween media frenzy until she was almost 9 -- a genuine tween. When she was a preschooler (and an only child), I fed her a preschool-friendly diet. Now her much-younger brother is fully immersed in what his tween sister watches, so I'm not pointing fingers at those of you with Miley/Hannah-crazed six-year-olds. But I am saying that we have options.

As parents it's our responsibility to decide what our children will be exposed to. We are Hannah Montana fans (Yes "we" all enjoy her -- the 11-year-old, the 38-year-old, and the 5-year-old boy). But that doesn't mean that we need a steady stream of Miley Cyrus as well.


heather said...

My niece (9 years old) adores Hannah Montana. In some ways, it's natural in our culture, this rock star love. I loved Cyndi Lauper and Tiffany and Debbie Gibson.
But she also watches all the Disney channel shows (my sister finally had to limit this) and gets this attitude that the show presents as cute.
Not so cute.
And it bothers me that it's about the image, not about the music (which I suppose you could say about my Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany days). That Miley made an album that's not her in order to sell clothes--the artist in me revolts! Ack!

Crimson Wife said...

If Billy Ray Cyrus actually cared about his daughter's well-being instead of about riding her coat-tails back into the spotlight, he would have kept her out of showbiz until she was an adult and able to choose it for herself.

It's very sad to see the self-destructive path she's on. If somebody doesn't help her, she's going to end up like Britney Spears did :-(

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

We watch HM, but I'm also trying to give my daughter better role models. Selena Gomez & Demi Lovato (so far) seem much better choices. It's sad that there's nothing on network TV worth Disney really is the only family-friendly alternative.

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

I have to admit, I get a feeling of near-dread when I see these incredibly popular, very talented, pretty young girls... because I fear they will go the way of Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. I sincerely hope Miley chooses a better path.

But good for you (and other moms) for being aware of what your kids are into, and what the people they like are up to.

amy said...

it concerns me when i see stars such as miley cyrus bringing her adult oriented things into the lives of kids who look up to her. talyor swift and selena gomez are an exelent role models for kids and miley has the chance to be but miley just needs to bring herself together. i hope that miley will be a good role model because she has somthing that other stars dont: a chance to change. i hope she takes the correct path.

Mark said...

She is definitely the best of both worlds. She looks like a nice person, who only tried to give a happy time for all her fans. However is difficult find info about her, you only find viagra online in all the blogs.