It seems that everyone wants a piece of Miley Cyrus these days, and that there is no stopping some people when it comes to taking advantage of the situation. Now it’s alleged that racy pictures depicting Cyrus in just her underwear have hit the internet, sure to garner her negative publicity that seems to follow young girls in the industry. It’s not the first time this has happened to Cyrus, and it probably won’t be the last, as media outlets around the world will keep clamoring for pictures that can grab headlines and sell magazines.
For those who don’t know her, Miley Cyrus is best known for her role as Hannah Montana on the television show of the same name. The show turned her into a film and music superstar, and she has recently been touring around the country to promote both her character on the show, and her own singing career. Called “The Best of Both Worlds Tour”, it serves to blend her talents with that of the on-screen Hannah Montana, and millions of fans have done everything they can to get tickets to these shows. People have even gone as far as lying to win contests in an effort to get tickets, and the Miley Cyrus juggernaut has not appeared to be slowing down anytime soon. Right now she is at the peak of her popularity, and serving as a role-model for millions of little girls, these rumored pictures could not have come at a worse time.
The 15-year old Cyrus is more mature than a lot of girls her age, but with that youth also comes the disadvantage of not completely understanding the real world. It’s most likely not her fault that these “racy” pictures are now out in the public, as most of the time things like this are just paparazzi invading on private or innocent moments. For all we know these could have been pictures taken by a close friend or an invading camera-person, but regardless of why they were taken, they are most likely the type of pictures that would never be made public if she wasn’t so famous. In that regard Miley is going to suffer simply because she has been so successful, and only because of the reality that “sex sells” in the entertainment industry today.
In the world we live in, it is extremely unfortunate that such a great role-model like Cyrus has to go through things like this, and only time will tell if her image can survive more of this. It doesn’t appear as though this would really hurt her immensely because she is viewed so positively, but there will, of course, be references to actresses like Lindsey Lohan or Britney Spears who have really gone from good-girls to bad-girls in a matter of months. Everyone also remembers the drama that Vanessa Hudgins (from High School Musical fame) had to go through when private pictures of her were also released to the public.
It’s ridiculous that teenage sex idolatry has taken center stage like this, and it forces every young starlet to even more careful with their own personal lives. Hopefully this serves as a lesson to Miley Cyrus, and that she is even more careful in the future about potential places where this could happen. But don’t be so quick to blame her for this situation, as she could be simply a victim of the entertainment machine that far too often profiles underage girls as sex symbols. Maybe instead of placing blame on Cyrus, an eye should be turned towards an industry that insists on selling its stars as objects rather than people.
1). http://www.transworldnews.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=34550&cat=2 — Transworldnews
2). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1415323/ — Miley Cyrus IMDB page of career roles with included biography
3). http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22441846/ — MSNBC reports on first scandalous photographs