People are blowing up over Miley, for several different reasons. Inappropriateness, cultural appropriation, racism---all of these have been heard in relation to her recent performances and videos. Now, do I like to see her tongue out all the time? No, not really. And I do feel bad for her young fans who knew her as Hannah Montana and feel like they've lost a role model and may not understand her actions in the way she intends. However, that picture on the web of her nude underwear halfway up her butt? Yeah, that's not okay. That's called slut-shaming, and we do it all the time: "She was half naked, so she should expect that we, as fellow human beings, will critique her body and judge her..." NO! It is true that she was not wearing very much clothes at the VMAs and made some pretty sexual gestures, but that does not give anyone permission to claim her body as an object to be humiliated or possessed. On the other hand, posing topless on the cover of Rolling Stones does not aid the fight against objectification of women's bodies... Why must our society perpetuate this? Oh Miley.
I don't think she's truly conscious about the effect she is having on ALL of her fans, despite her obvious desire for change in the world toward a more accepting and loving community. Without realizing the implications of "using black people as assecories to look cool and hip" (see article below), she just thinks of them as friends and doesn't realize that while race shouldn't matter, it almost always does. Good thing she is recognizing her privilege in life, but she needs to also recognize that directly because of that privilege, she needs to take more care with what she claims as her identity, and in the end, her product.. And that is why we create dialogue and discuss these issues..create consciousness!
To give her at least some props, at least she's trying, in her own way, to promote equal love. She's getting caught up a bit along the way, but let's hope that eventually she gets there. Read more here: http://jezebel.com/miley-cyruss-antics-are-being-encouraged-by-black-peop-1377352058 and watch another of her videos here: http://vevo.ly/HoHisv
Peace out! -C