I’m not going to write much about this, as I think the excellent blogger and journalist, Emily Heist-Moss, has said it all here.
However, here is what I will say. I just watched the video of Miley’s performance with my head in my hands for exactly the reasons Emily Heist-Moss talks about in her open letter.
The only difference between me and her is that I don’t feel that sorry for Miley. She acted just like Robin Thicke in his disgusting video and she deserves to be told it’s not OK, just like he was. But have you noticed how many more people are telling her than told him?
Claiming that she did this because of her screwed-up upbringing and the equally screwed-up society she sees around her is fine, but if we’re claiming that for her, then we should claim it for him too. There has been a lot of talk about the misogyny in “Blurred Lines”, but very little of the feminist commentary (including mine) has pitied him for the way he was brought up or the effect society has had on him. In fact, we’ve lambasted him for not standing up against it. And Miley Cyrus deserves that too.
We’re all a product of this society and our upbringing, but that doesn’t mean we should be pitied when we do something as disgusting as Miley Cyrus did. She should know better. We all should.