ByStephen Adamson, writer at
I love the game. I love the hustle. MP Staff Writer and Retired Rapper. Twitter: @_StephenAdamson
Stephen Adamson

Twerking isn't a crime. Being true to yourself isn't either. But for some reason, Miley Cyrus, who has done both of these things, hasn't been as well-received recently as her child-star persona Hannah Montana was before. It's interesting to think about why so many people who were thrown into the entertainment industry at a young age suffer once they grow into the adults that they were always destined to be.

In fact, a lot of these child stars - even the ones with legitimate talent, like Miley - grow up and lose their fans. Like a lot of celebrities, they often experience a fall from grace of sorts. It's difficult to imagine having millions of dollars and fame at a young age, when it's only natural to want to explore and find out who you even are.

I know for damn sure when I was a teenager I was a much different person than I am now, in my early mid-twenties. Miley grew up, just like the rest of us, finding out what she wants out of life and what her identity is going to be. The only difference is she is the daughter of a country legend who has known nothing but stardom, money, people telling her yes, and attention her entire life.

Because of this unique upbringing that she had, and the pressure that comes with it, I think she has turned out pretty damn well. She's pushing boundaries, but my argument here is that, while she may not be a perfect role model, she doesn't have to be. It's her right to just be... Miley. And as a society, it's not really up to us who Miley becomes.

The Robin Thicke twerking incident outraged people... but why?

Now, I'm not here to argue that this wasn't outlandish, over-the-top, inappropriate misappropriation of urban culture... and kind of skanky to boot. It was probably all of those things. But at the end of the day, it's entertainment. I've always thought entertainers are held to some unrealistic standard, which leads regular folks at home to saddle-up their high horse, judge, and disapprove at times.

There are countless musicians who I think fall into this category of "yeah, they do crazy shit, but they're talented". And I think that category is just fine, honestly.

  • Kanye West
  • Justin Bieber
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Chris Brown
  • The Kardashian family
  • Etc

My question is, what do they owe us as entertainment consumers, other than something to talk about in order to get through our day and able to connect with one another? Nothing. They are giving us something, often for free, to feel a little bit of stimulation. I don't know any of these people personally, so I thank them for that rather than spewing hate towards them.

Miley is legitimately helping people, which a lot of her haters might not be able to claim themselves

A lot of people think Miley is just seeking attention and money, and doesn't care at all about anyone other than herself. I would certainly argue that those people are wrong, based on the amount of charity work she has done in her life. Most recently, she's developed the Happy Hippie Foundation, using her platform for good and not just personal gain.

She promotes positivity, and that's something I think a lot of us could use some more of in our lives - myself included. It's a rough world and while good vibes can't necessarily fix everything, it's a really good place to start. Plus she raises a lot of money and awareness for issues she cares about. Here's the mission statement:

The Happy Hippie Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Miley Cyrus. Our mission is to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.

Using her network of famous friends and the influence and money she has, she's touching people throughout the world.

She's much more self-aware than anyone gives her credit for

Miley Cyrus has a lot of people fooled. She promotes herself sexually at times, yes, but does that make her a whore? Have you seen her in a sex tape? No. And even if she had one, she still wouldn't be a whore. She's pressed a lot of haters' buttons throughout the past 2 years and makes a lot of people angry.

I urge you, if you aren't happy with her, to stop paying attention to her. It's literally that simple. I wouldn't even consider myself to be her biggest fan, but I'm a definite supporter. Anyone who is original, gives back to the community, talented, hard-working, and just overall a fun and positive person is cool in my book.

I guess, the bottom line here is that she knows what she's doing.

Why do we hate this chick?

Why is this the face we make when we see Miley shining?

Our society needs to stop getting so riled up by Miley and either respect her... or leave her be. It's really that simple. Why is the 'default setting' for us always hate? YouTube comments will show you that our culture is very judgmental. I'm not saying you have to love Miley or that she's even a perfect model citizen. I'm just saying she's not a criminal, she's done nothing wrong, and you aren't forced to pay attention to her. So get over yourself if you aren't feeling this chick, honestly.


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