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Watch the  VMA Performance Here: http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/942064/we-cant-stop-blurred-lines-give-it-2-u-medley.jhtml



Why Miley Cyrus is My Hero

Celebrity is nothing more than bank accounts, barricades, velvet ropes, asses with cameras invading your personal space, fleeting senses of achievement and more isolation than one person could reasonably handle. In the realm of cultural production, the paradigm of celebrity is suspect. It is the reification of the idealized life that closely resembles the false front that victimizers use to keep abuse secret. Abuse only thrives in the darkness of secrecy and celebrity uses velvet ropes, capped teeth, and personal assistants to help create a buffer zone as the public builds a cult of personality. This only compounds the difficulty in receiving useful assistance when dealing with life crises. The amen chorus only get you so far, when they are benefitting from your dysfunction.



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"Most people don’t even realize that much of the so-called ‘reality’ that’s sold to them is based on thoughts that are not even true, yet we can be locked up in nuthouses for not accepting ‘reality’ as it’s presented to us.” Sapphire-Angry Women

Today’s entertainment shows vividly display the dissipation of some celebrities’ sense of reality. To base a cultural production on rape culture engrains a self objectification expected by the fans and benefactors. To inhabit the roles of oppressor and oppressed drives out the individual’s sense of joy and pain replacing it with a numbness. We pour massive amounts of energy into celebrities like they're a billion dollar lottery ticket that we want to win. Once we don’t win, that ticket gets thrown in the gutter like all dreams that have rebuked us.



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Today is the I have a Dream 50 year Anniversary and there is still great injustice going on in America and it is not going to end until it is dealt with in the arena where it stings the most. The same arena that provides the philosophical underpinnings that inform the culture of America itself. 

The Media.

For the icons of current youth culture to turn their nose up to Miley is to be the fakest hypocrites that there are. They play coy with rape culture, overtly in the men’s case and subtly in the case of the women and then point their fingers at Miley. When they do this they are just falling into the game of separation and stratification leading to the objectification game of slut shaming. They are more afraid of Miley’s aggressive tongue and crotch grabbing than anything real. These stars that berate Miley should be pulled out of their Beverly Hills Mansions and roundly spat upon.

There are representations of life prevalent in the works of Miley Cyrus as a modern day artist rejecting the confining straight jacket of celebrity culture with its social strictures and rituals. Max Freely pointed me down this road partially when he wrote in his essay “The Trayvon Test", 

“I came to realize that all members of Western society are products (in one way or the other) of the ideological framework of SCWAMP. SCWAMP is Leslie Grimmer’s acronym for Straight, Christian, White, Able Bodied, Male, and Property Holding.”

He should have pointed out what an ideology is. When using the term “ideology” I am referring to the definition of the term in the sense of ideology as a paradigm embedded in culture that oppresses through distortion. Leslie Grinner has coined the SCWAMP acronym to describe an embedded ideology based on heterosexual (straight), Christian, white, able-bodied, male, and property holding. The rites associated with the class of property holder, male privilege, religious factionalism, youth and strength, and assumed heterosexual privilege should be pulled from culture and scrutinized for usefulness and potential to inflict pain through exclusion. 



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The structures of SCWAMP stratify human beings through experiential learning and ritual. As human beings we are drawn toward ritual and rites of passage. We must be mindful however in who is promoting the content, what it is that they are saying, and what (or who’s) purpose does it serve? bell hooks is one such writer who examines this question in detail in her famous 1981 book  Ain't I a Woman?

“The process begins with the individual woman’s acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization.” 

“It is obvious that many women have appropriated feminism to serve their own ends, especially those white women who have been at the forefront of the movement; but rather than resigning myself to this appropriation I choose to re-appropriate the term “feminism,” to focus on the fact that to be “feminist” in any authentic sense of the term is to want for all people, female and male, liberation from sexist role patterns, domination, and oppression.” Bell Hooks, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism.

Only through the phenomenology and epistemology of oppression can such progressive movements start to resemble the forms they were fighting.

Healthy communities are communities that end inequities by eliminating false categories of race, class, and gender. They are false constructs introducing stratification and false dichotomies in human relationships. 

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Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s was seeming to channel a Hindu goddess of sex. The media seemed horrified at the sight of her tongue and her facial expression and described her as “looking desperate” to which I would ask, desperate for what? Sex? OMG if she looks desperate for sex than that would make her a GASP! a SLUT! And there you have it, yet another example of the American Rape Culture attempting to shame women for being sexual beings. 

Enjoy your bodies, enjoy your lives, and don’t let the economic machine grind your sexuality into dust using the shaming techniques that they would have you submit to. You submit your sexuality, your life essence that is when they know that you are under other’s control and can place you in line to your beleaguered march toward being a mindless cog in the meat grinding machine.  

Yet what did Miley’s Dad think of all this?

US Magazine, Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 12:00pm (PDT)

… there's no telling what the "Achy Breaky Heart" singer, 52, may have said to Miley in private conversation, he told Entertainment Tonight that nothing's changed.

 "Of course I'll always be here for Miley. Can't wait [to] see her when she gets home," the "Hillbilly Heart" author told Nancy O'Dell of Cyrus' shocking, sexually provocative show inside Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "She's still my little girl and I'm still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change."

A swing and a miss to try and drum up family controversy from the jaundiced media whores. The reaction photo of Will Smith and family was actually during Lady Gaga's opening performance. 



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The structure of SCWAMP is made evident the forms of art that the embedded ideology promotes, always a economic hurdle for the less moneyed classes, exclusionary, and based in hierarchy. Often with “learned” appreciation, these expressions of art are always promoted by hegemony.

“Some people act as though art that is for a mass audience is not good art, and I think this has been a very negative thing. I know that I have wanted very much to write books that are accessible to the widest audience possible.  http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bellhooks186095.html 



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The spectacle of joy and mockery of outmoded structures of oppression is needed to deconstruct entrenched stratifications. The acknowledgment of pain and the politics of joy come from resonances and representations of life prevalent in works of true artists. 

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We witnessed Miley’s Carnival with the vibrancy of color, sexual lasciviousness, and a joyful disregard of authoritarianism.  This challenge to authority comes from a paradigm that puts joy in opposition to greed, anger, and the need to control. It also challenges victimizers and those who would stay in a mentality of un-empowerment and ceding control.   Any popular artist who criticizes her, just wait, your turn is coming next. 

Any artist from the Caribbean especially should understand the importance of this work. Miley Cyrus is necessary. The average person living in America needs to be shaken awake, but to engage those who are media saturated, change will have to come from the politics of joy.

“How do we make rebellion enjoyable, effective, and irresistible? Who wants the tedium of traditional demonstrations and protests – the ritual marches from point A to B, the permits and police escorts, the staged acts of civil disobedience, the verbose rallies and dull speeches by leaders? Instead, why not use a form of rebellion that embody the movements’ principles of diversity, creativity, decentralization, horizontally, and direct action? These principles can be found at the heart of a ancient form of cultural expression – the carnival.” Notes From Nowhere Collective November 1, 2004  http://www.narconews.com/Issue34/article1097.html

 As human beings we are drawn toward ritual and rites of passage. It is through making the making of meaning evident that a inspiring story can be told. Miley Cyrus is my hero. These are our storytellers and as such our avenues to healing.

 


Comments

sam
08/31/2013 8:26pm

very true its sad but is life

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Kimmy
09/01/2013 11:49am

While I agree you're absolutely right, no one should point fingers. I understand she's been cast this little girl "Hannah Montana" and is trying to let the world that she's not a little girl anymore. This is fine.. I just found her performance to be one more suited for a strip club. But that's just my opinion, not that it really matters. Personally I applaud her and her courageousness. Even Julie Andrews needed to break away from her sister Maria role when she did Victor Victoria. I just wonder if the televised performance stage was necessarily the place for her to come out with her sexuality or if she couldn't have done it a little more tastefully in a movie or something.
IDK
Maybe I'm just an ex exotic dancer who says.. "hey wait a minute she stole my act" LOL

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09/01/2013 11:51am

LOL, I think that the VMA's is not supposed to be child's fare. I think that people get mad that she seemed so CORNY but who hasn't tried to be cool and come off contrived at some point? I think that instead they tried to shame her for her sexuality and that is what pissed me off. I like to think I would be good on a pole

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Kimmy
09/01/2013 11:55am

I didn't watch it.. it's not my forte. But I did see it the next day posted all over the net. Amazing to me how viral it went. her sexuality is kinda expressed by the clothing she's wearing on Good Morning America and Kelly and Michael. Shes probably still a little confused about her sexuality, and feels it necessary to express it to the extreme. Maybe I'm a little opinionated on this one. I just think that when God gives you talent like this girl has.. why make yourself out to be a naughty girl. You know that usually the ones who act like a slut are the ones who are frigid. Every guy has a fantasy about their teacher or the librarian. God knows this child doesn't have the experience (yet). Think is.. even if VMA isn't for "kids" She was still Hannah Montana and adored by little girls all over the world. Which most of those girls aren't of age yet. Halloween costumes, and dress up clothes and toys all Hannah Montana. The world knows we don't need another Kim Kardashian.. no talent bish, shouldn't be allowed to have the same name as me. LOL

Kimmy
09/01/2013 12:01pm

maybe i'm jealous of her legs that seem to go clear to her neck.. LMAO
I still think she's a doll..She's young, and either didn't think she'd have the response she got. Or she didn't care. Either way.. It's her life.
People pointing the finger.. usually have 3 pointing back at them.
btw good piece you wrote.. I like it

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09/01/2013 12:04pm

Thanks! Check out my other articles and please leave a comment on the site, I need an icebreaker!

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Kimmy
09/01/2013 12:06pm

kk

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Kira
09/01/2013 12:13pm

I think being a role model is a privilege, but not an obligation. If you can make a positive difference then you get so much back in return, if you can't be bothered then go stand in the faceless crowd!

Kimmy
09/01/2013 2:30pm

Amen!!

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