Let’s talk about Miley Cyrus. Actually let’s NOT talk about her, instead, why don’t we listen and watch her in this video where Miley along with her charming band find their musical home in a garden.
This is on repeat when I get home.
I love listening and especially watching her get lost in the songs she passionately sings.
While she closes her eyes, I see the scenes she gets captured in to evoke the emotions the songs asks from her.
The comments of this video on YouTube resonate the same message: “Miley, you should be doing this.” “Stick to this stuff. This is so beautiful.”
Nothing. But. Praise.
Her Backyard Sessions isn’t a spectacular show with lights, costumes or even dancing. Even so, there is much beauty. The beauty is in its and her rawness. Her impeccable voice. Those searing emotions. The Undeniable gestures. And Simple Sincerity.
This Backyard Session was posted in 2012.
As we all know, this year, she’s decided to use the shock factor instead of move souls.
During the VMA’s, she shocked the audience members – her fellow colleagues at that – with her (man, I can’t even describe it) performance which allowed their reactions to speak way louder than words.
Today, Sinead O’Connor to whom Miley Cyrus based her rebellious look from, wrote Miley an open letter [profane words used] which overall message warns her not to fall for the exploitation of the music business.
About Sinead O’Connor’s Open Letter to Miley Cyrus
Well, no one can really say that Sinead O’Connor is the best role model on earth. Her past mistakes are more highlighted because of the media and one offensive gesture of hers, I found out about pains me to know (but moves me to forgive)… and to see how much she’s grown and understood the music industry. The very fact that she began the letter with: “So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love” and her advice, I believe, isn’t just for Miley…
Here are some excerpts I found most thought-provoking:
You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever … Don’t be under any illusions … ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty … which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.
Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted … its so not cool Miley … its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers … that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career.
The news and blogs are ganging up on O’Connor’s letter. Each have their different philosophies based on the analysis of O’Connor’s points.
These writers are extremely intelligent and insightful that their relation of a single event to a phenomenon would seriously make anyone think.
I really loved these practically academic points of what the author calls the “pornofication of its female stars.” (Note: I decided not to include the link of this article because of the provocative images that can be such disturbing distractions from the insights of the article.)
- Much of the sexual allure promoted by the music industry and seemingly endorsed and performed by its female stars relies on the dissolution between the public and the private.
- When Sinead O’Connor warns Miley Cyrus about prostitution she does so from two type of angles: alluding to the act of prostituting her body for the gratification of a male audience, but perhaps more significantly, her talent as a singer prostituted solely through the objectifying lens of sexual allure.
The author then raised a very awesome question:
Does the success of a female artist relate to the extent of which she is willing to undress on stage, in videos or photographs?
That same question can be reverted:
Does the success of any female relate to the extent of which she is willing to undress?
That leave me to…
Going back to watching my Miley Cyrus Backyard Sessions repeatedly now.