Nothing says role model for early teen girls more than lying on your back in black leather thigh-high boots.
If that hasn't convinced you, you should check out Miley's latest music video, "Party in the USA". Here's a hint on what it's like - the lyrics "movin' my hips like yeah!" are in the oft-repeated refrain. Also, in the opening verse, she sings "Hoped off the plane at L.A.X./ Welcome to the world of fame excess", followed by an interestingly placed "Whoa!". When I listened to the song for the first time, I thought she actually said "fame and sex", which would definitely fit arriving in Los Angeles, as well as the intriguingly timed "Whoa!". Maybe I'm reading into too much here, but listen and see what you think.
In the recent weeks we've seen another addition into the "kids are growing up so damn fast" file, this time on the male side - or more correctly, the boy side. Enter Justin Bieber, a youTube sensation recently signed by megastar Usher. His first video entitled "One Time" has just under 7 million views on youTube, and his buzz rating has been through the roof.
Acknowledging the overall hilarity that is a 15 year old boy singing about his "one love, one heart, one life", some of the remaining lyrics are just ridiculous. My personal favorite is "Shawty right there/ She's got everything I need/ And I'ma tell her one time/ Give you everything you need down to my last dime."
That's right, this kid is rolling in so much cash that you can forget about daddy, the one Justin Bieber will keep feeding you that sugar now. Oh, and don't forget that your bedtime is 10:00pm and you have Junior Varsity soccer practice tomorrow afternoon. [sarcasm alert].
Point to note - normally you have to have 1) gone though puberty; and 2) be able to get into a rated R movie without mommy or daddy's permission before you can start signing about "shawtys".
Shifting back to Miley now, perhaps the most disheartening thing about her is that she is priming young girls (in some instances, really young girls) to be 100% style and 0% substance. Let's be real, no 16 year-olds watch Disney channel. So instead of being one of her audience's peers, she's being their cool big sister they never had. You know, the one who got to stay out late and wear clothes more suitable for a 21 year old than a 15 year old.
All of this emphasis on the perfect body, hair, make up - perhaps there shouldn't be any focus on this no matter what age you are. OK, that's being naive, but can we at least shield our little sisters from this world until they're old enough for a driver's license?
You would think that somewhere companies wouldn't exploit 16 year old girls, turning them into mini-sexbombs in order to meet quarterly estimates. Of course I was joking on that statement, that would never happen. In case you forgot, "Cash Rules Everything Around Me, C.R.E.A.M. get the money, dollar dollar bill y'all."
During "Party in the USA", Miley sings that her "tummy's turning, feeling kinda homesick". I think if I ever have a daughter, my tummy's gonna be turning forever knowing she'll eventually have to deal with all this craziness!