As probably the majority of you know, Miley Cyrus’s performance at the VMAs last Sunday (25th August) has sent shock waves throughout the world of music, as well as the general public. A lot of people have criticised her for it, stating that for a 20 year old young singer, who has such a wide audience that is mainly made up of young girls, it was not an appropriate performance to do in her position of being a role model. This criticism Cyrus has received since Sunday has come from fellow artists, the media as well as members of the public, all whom have said that she has taken her edgy and doing-it-her-own-way attitude a step too far. In the past year or so, the former Disney star has made some significant changes to her image, with her cutting off her long brunette locks in favour for a short, cropped dyed blonde style being one of the biggest changes, as well as a number of tattoos gradually appearing all over her body. Another massive change that shows Miley is no longer the innocent eyed teenager that millions of young girls looked up to after she hit our television screens as Hannah Montana, is her music style. Her debut single We Can’t Stop, which comes from her latest album, Bangerz, is a complete step away from the happy go lucky pop tunes she was releasing just a few years ago, with the music video for the song being an even bigger transformation, though many have said not in a good way.
It cannot be denied that Miley Cyrus is going through a number of changes in herself and her music. In all honesty, I personally feel that what happened at the VMAs last week was inevitable. Something was bound to snap in her at one point another, and the repercussions would be something like what we saw in her performance last week. In my opinion, I think that Miley Cyrus is just another young artist in a long line that has come before her in she is reacting to having too much fame at too young an age. Cyrus was just 14 years old when she began the role of Hannah Montana, a role which launched her into stardom, and brought her mass popularity across the world. From this role in the Disney smash hit, she earned further television roles as Hannah Montana, as well as numerous film roles, and, most of all, a record deal. To have all of this fame and success thrown at you at the tender age of 14, that’s enough to send anyone off on a rocky path of development. Not only has she had film, television and music success as the title Disney role, but music and film success as herself, just being Miley Cyrus. That is a hell of a lot of fame for someone to experience while going through their teenage years, a time that isn’t easy for anyone. Hormones are raging throughout your body, you are trying to find yourself, find out what you want to do in life and just who you are as a person. For Cyrus to be going through all of these big changes within herself, at the same time of having to play a character like herself in real life half the time, and the other to go around and act as though she is the character of Hannah Montana, it is enough to confuse any teenager.
I think that the rebellion we are seeing from Cyrus in recent months is her trying to find who she is, to discover who the real Miley Cyrus is. She’s 20 years old, soon to be 21 in a few months I do believe, and for the past six years has had to switch between being herself and that of a fictitious character. It can’t have been easy for her to go through, and whatever your opinion is of her, you can’t probably imagine what it was like growing up in the way she did unless you have been through it yourself. She isn’t the first one to go through such a rocky transitional phase after experiencing fame at a young age. The likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, and most recently, Justin Bieber, have all come before her in rebelling against the fame that has found them when they are still in their tumultuous teenage years. She isn’t the first, and most likely won’t be the last. Lets just hope it is a phase, one that she grows out of, before things become a lot worse than they already are.