All due respect to our PC, faux-modest, alarmist society, but Miley Cyrus is simply giving us what we were all secretly asking for when she turned 18.
It is unjust to publicly vilify her without us all sharing in some of the blame.
We don’t need another scapegoat to hang our cultural ills upon. We need some mass introspection.
Those in the media, particularly those in entertainment, will tell you that the prime directive behind creating new content or product (and entertainers, like all commodities, are ultimately product) is not finding the fresh new thing and hoping it works. It is much more centred on surveying the culture, pinpointing what its wants are (whether overt or subversive) and feeding that thing back to it.
Our society is more sexualized today, or at least more provocatively so, than ever before. But it’s not because some marketing geniuses discovered breasts over Chinese food at a late-night pitch meeting. It’s because we want more breasts.
The one constant about media content of any kind is that as soon as something ceases to be effective, it gets dropped. The entertainment industry does not spend hundreds of millions of dollars on product that has a 25% chance of engaging its audience. There is a very sophisticated machine behind all of this and it doesn’t take many chances.
Trust me, the second we all stop wanting Miley to show us her breasts, the second she stops trying to.