Miley Cyrus broke my heart last week.
All four of my daughters loved watching Hannah Montana before we got rid of cable. Even after dumping cable they still watched reruns on Netflix. I have always thought the Disney channel destroys young female actresses, but I guess I was hoping deep down that Miley would be different than the many other female child stars who graced Disney.
As of the date of this blog post thousands of teens are being exposed to Miley’s barely covered bust on the current issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. While I am trying to explain the value of modesty to my four daughters, one of their childhood icons is running around baring as much as she can in the waiting lines of grocery stores all over America.
I realize, of course, that raising my daughters is not the responsibility of any celebrity. Her fame was gained from my dollar, so expecting her to maintain some kind of proper example to the girls who grew up idolizing her is not asking too much. I believe it is her duty. A way to “give back” if you will.
Maybe it’s the pressure being placed on her by society. “Stay young, beautiful and naughty” seems to be the requirement for success after years of playing innocent. I really hoped Miley would be able to find a different path than Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, but it appears that the call to fame, and a long lasting singing career, cries louder than the responsibility to be a positive example to those who helped you get started.
If I were speaking to an audience of men with pre-school girls, I would advise they dump the Disney channel as quickly as possible. It’s a lot easier to hear your daughters say, “Who is that?” than it is to hear them say, “Wow, Miley looks hot.”