What comes to mind when you hear “Miley Cyrus?” I’m sure some of the first words are crazy, wild, and some may even say atrocious. When I think of her, all I have to say is: hilarious, talented, and daring. Why? I’ll tell you. It’s not because of her ‘weed-leaf onesie’ costume, openly taking drugs, or spitting on her fans, but for the more subdued message she’s giving us all: CHILL. OUT.
I’m not saying I agree with all the things she’s said or done, because there are things I definitely don’t vibe with, but I do think we should cut the girl some slack, because she actually has some things she could teach us about life.
1. She’s A Supporter of Equal Rights.
To show her support for same-sex marriage, Miley tattooed an equal sign on her finger to remind herself and everyone else, “All LOVE is equal,” as she wrote on her twitter. In Glamour Magazine, Miley was asked to respond to comments asking what had happened to the innocent, good Christian girl she ‘used to be.’ She responded with this brilliance:
“If you were a true Christian you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.”
“I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalized same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?”
~ Huffington Post
2. She’s Hilarious (and intelligent).
If you watch her interviews, it’s like sitting around talking to a best friend. I think she’s really chill and down-to-earth from what she shows to the public, and she definitely makes me laugh. She also knows her music, knows the industry, knows how to work hard, and knows her fan-base. She’s really intelligent about all that.
3. She Doesn’t Care What You Think.
By far my favorite part about her is that she is outspoken and doesn’t care. I think it’s time we all stop being so UPTIGHT about what everyone else thinks of us. If she wants to twerk in a onesie or show up on stage dancing around with teddy bears, so be it. As I said above, I think she’s hilarious, and she even says herself that none of that is ‘serious.’ She isn’t trying to be sexy or whatever… she’s playing off of people’s stereotypes of her, what her fans like, and what she thinks is funny, original, and “dope” (her words, not mine :P)
How can we hate someone for that? I definitely can’t.
4. She’s A Feminist, In The Best Sense of The Word.
Miley talked about her reasoning for bringing Sky Ferreira and Icona Pop on her Bangerz Tour. Her response was that she felt inspired to have an all girl-group come along because she feels that there’s not enough woman-to-woman support these days. I couldn’t agree more.
The other thing about Miley is that she isn’t supporting the idea that women should run the world. No – she just wants equal rights in all meanings of the word.
“I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything,” Cyrus said. “For me, it’s not even that I’m a feminist. I’m for anybody. I’m for everybody, for everything. I don’t care what you wanna do in your life, or who you wanna be with, who you wanna love, who you wanna look like.”
~ Huffington Post; BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat interview.
The main thing I love though is that Miley is creating a new idea of what it means to be a woman. I’m sick of hearing that a proper woman should be quiet, motherly, always polite and well-mannered. How boring. As Marilyn Monroe said, “I’d rather be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Really though, can you imagine how much more fun it would be if women could act the way they wanted to, not the way society told us we should? Being a woman doesn’t mean you have to birth a child, do household chores, or make less money than your husband. I want to live in a world where women aren’t shamed for being loud, voicing their opinions, or making ‘inappropriate jokes.’
5. She’s Extremely Passionate.
When you listen to her talk about her music, her fans, equality, even having fun .. there’s one thing underlying it all, and that is: PASSION. She has a passion for life that a lot of people have lost in their efforts to conform to what society tells us is “the right way to be.” The number one thing that attracts me to people, personally, is passion. About something. Anything. I love people that feel deeply, learn all they can about something, and throw their heart and soul into it. That, to me, is beautiful.
So while there are still things I strongly disagree with (calling weed the “greatest drug on earth” in Rolling Stone as well as discussing experimenting with coke and molly), I choose not to judge her but instead, learn from her. For the good and the bad, you’ve got to admit she has people talking (and has you reading this article about her!)
So before you judge, call her horrible names, or bash her music.. you’ve got to admit she knows what she’s doing and she’s having fun doing it. Can’t we all learn from that?
Let me know what you think,
until next time…
Lots of love,