It’s been trending on instagram and twitter, it has 451 thousand views on Youtube, and it’s even been remixed into a club song. There’s been a recent surge in the pop culture scene surrounding the “Miley, what’s good?” incident, and skyrocketing interest surrounding Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus. If you’re not familiar with the incident, here’s your opportunity to catch up:
Since the awards, the celebrity scene has dramatically shifted, most notably in favor of Nicki Minaj.
What’s interesting to me is the Tumblr scene surrounding the subject, since Tumblr has never, in my four years of using it, ever failed to astound me at how vocal and opinionated the users are, especially when someone is being offended by something else.
The popular opinion has shifted in a way that’s been day and night; one day everyone was praising Miley for breaking out of the Disney Channel mold, and the next, chastising her for pretty much every move she makes. And though I’m not particularly partial to either celeb, both have been known to act questionably, especially Miley Cyrus as of late. Is she a revolutionary icon or an offense to up-and-coming female vocal artists everywhere? That’s a judgement you can make for yourself.
The general problem with celebrity obsession is that either “side” you choose -or choose not- to take, our culture is becoming invaded in every way possible by celebrity activity. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, you name it, it’s crawling with familiar faces.
Miley has done lots of positive notable things post-transformation from her innocent Hannah Montana persona, including starting a homeless LGBT charity, claiming to be “one of the biggest feminists in the world”, and promoting openness and acceptance of sexualities. However, she also has been accused of some blatant racism (more than once), wants to promote Satanic fashion choices, and looks at herself as practically revolutionary for promoting marijuana. Sorry to say Miley, but you missed the “weed revolution” by about 50 years.
This isn’t to say Nicki is a saint either. While she is probably most known on social media for promoting to stay in school, and her willingness to write songs about gender equality and feminism is admirable and even inspirational, she also uses profanities, drug references, and sexual innuendo in her lyrics and performances, similar to Miley.
And here’s the issue with this: for the older generation, the teens and twenty-somethings of today, it’s fine to overlook these things and continue with whatever lifestyle one chooses to live. But for the children then inevitably look up to these women as role models, it’s not so great.
Because no matter how beneficial it is to support feminism, anti-racism, and opposition of judgement or violence in responce to someone’s sexual orientation, children as little as 4 or 5 are listening to these songs on their own, the most popular of which tend to be the “party” songs. It’s not anything these women are doing wrong exactly: it’s the celebrity obsession that engulfs daily life that drives these kids to worship everything these women say, to memorize every f-word and sexual innuendo in their lyrics until they can sing it in their sleep, to think that drugs will solve all their dramatic problems later in life, and be a fun thing to do at a party.
And trust me, when you hear a 7 year old recite every word to “Anaconda”, you’ll get why this celebrity obsession has to be curbed.
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