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Miley Cyrus: Punk of the Year? Almost. (Seriously.)

She's no Patti Smith, but are we sure Miley Cyrus isn't spoofing our sexed-up pop culture rather than embracing it?

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Kathy Shaidle

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December 12, 2013 - 8:00 am
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I knew nothing about Miley Cyrus before she twerked her way into my consciousness the day after her duet with Robin Thicke on the MTV Video Music Awards.

Frankly, I haven’t been able to tell any male or female performers under age 30 apart for at least ten years now.

All the guys are identical blurs of scruffy facial hair and skinny suits.

The girls are even harder to distinguish, with their character-less faces and clone-ish hair cuts.

The morning after the show, I kept puzzling over the ubiquitous photos of Cyrus in her ugly rubbery two-piece, with her tongue stuck out and her hair just… weird.

I’d seen that get-up before, or something like it.

But where?

Google let me down. I dug through dusty stacks of old books before I found it, in Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Style.

The book came out in 1981, so the photo I was looking for is at least that old, obviously. I’d file it under “very late 1970s.”

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As far as Miley and Gaga are concerned, I'm going with another poster who said that professionally, the costume and choreography departments of these manufactured stars are dominated by angry gays who are hateful at the world and just want to do their part in tearing down the culture that refuses to embrace them. Gaga might know what she's doing but Miley comes off as being a manipulated pinhead.
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"Now if any other former child star were up here in skivvies doing a really bad simulation of a dance that really badly simulates sex, THAT would be vulgar pandering. When I do it, however, it's an ironic real-time deconstruction of the commercial voyeurism than now characterizes our popular culture."

And that, of course, is the reason for the millions of YouTube hits - probably all from postgraduate students of Derrida.
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The problem with rock is that, when it puts on its rebel face, it's selling you a bill of goods more often than perceptual tools to fight societal paradoxes. Who's Patti Smith to measure anything against? Do you mean the one who attended haute couture shows or the one who couldn't change her grungy uniform any more than a marine can change his?

The famous "iconoclast" Laurie Anderson, and I use the word "iconoclast" in the sense of conformist redneck, has had the same hair-do for decades while of her ostensible opposites, Doris Day and Cary Grant, Day had a wild life and many changes of hairstyles and Grant dropped acid.

If the "art" and music of a "rebel" depends on something as shallow as hair and clothes, who's the redneck and who's the redneck? Doris Day could change her frickin' fashions, Anderson and Smith could not. If one wants to engage ironic, engage and then marry the idea that appearances don't hide the fact that our eccentrics are often staid conformists and our staid conformists are acid-dropping nymphomaniacs. The fact one sells Pepsi and the other Marx shows that being outside the box and in it are a question of how naive you are.

The idea Cyrus is being ironic is silly. Cyrus is the sequel to Rebel Without a Cause redux, 2.0 in spades and with bells on. In fact Cyrus rates even below one of art's greatest performance/con artists, the aforementioned Laurie Anderson, which means Cyrus is so intellectually stiff she should be wheeled onto stage on a dolly.

As for O'Connor, she's another who's been locked into a bald head, so "real" is her music. That's aside from her being an insane politically correct moron.

As for Nina Hagen, she was a true satirical voice since she never took herself seriously or claimed to be otherwise, although it's possible she's also nuts. At least she had some rebel cred growing up in E. Germany and can be said to be a pioneer who predates Madonna's antics by years.

What you put your finger on was even more irony that the true rebel today would be the one laughing at all the recent past ones for their conformity to political correctness. The problem is that you can't sell that because those oldsters never become oldsters and grow up. Bono will be selling human rights for dolphins when he's in his black leather wheel chair. The only direction left is the same old now empty highway with billboards of leering faces and tongues and damn that Doris Day anyways.





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This is what happens to a society that believes that sexual morality is not a virtue and that everybody should be free to explore their sexuality. It loses the benefits of sexually imposed monogamy. [http://humancivilizations.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/the-benefits-of-socially-enforced-monogamy/]
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Simple, Ms. Cyrus and her patina of "fellow travelers" are merely articulating a well conceived, well defined and extremely well oiled distribution and presentation machine. Its sole purpose is to redefine American culture and morality to a lowest (read: LOWEST) basist denominator... destruction of america's Judeo-Christian heritage and implementation of a secular, pagan, religionless, education less, nothingness national paradigm of "whatever you want, you do!" Common Core, teaches this new paradigm. Progressive New Left Activist NEA tied teachers and school districts and their principles are on board with Bill Ayers "school manifesto," and Van Jones' "top down/bottom up and inside out" manifesto contained in his "Storm" diatribe. Wake-up America. See what's happening to your communities. Cherish your church, pastor and congregations. God Bless America. Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party.
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Ms. Shaidle;

I rather like you, so I'm telling you this as a "friend".

You're putting ENTIRELY too much thought into Miley Cyrus and her schtick.

She wore what she wore and styled her hair and chose her shoes most likely because that's what her "fashion consultant",(as such), decided would be the most "un-Hannah Montana-ish" thing she could do.
And the most likely that would get people talking about....Miley Cyrus.

You must admit that the entire plan was stupefyingly succesful.

Now for your own sake, excise the very concept of "Miley Cyrus" from your mind for at least a month. At the end of that month, Amanada Bynes or Victoria Justice or Selena Gomez will have skanked out and Miley will have a lounge gig in the off- Vegas casino circuit.

Look what happened to your countrywoman, Shania Twain...and Shania has more talent and musical ability in her belches than everything that has ever come out of Miley's soup-cooler,(including her tongue).
Easier on the eyes, too.
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"If she really wants to do something “radical,” would be to take a few lessons from O’Connor and her contemporaries about how to combine sexuality, humor, brains and musicality." But Smiley Virus doesn't have any of those things.
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Miley Cyrus is either a lot smarter than people realize or she has a very smart manager. Probably both. I reached the conclusion after the VMA awards that her public persona is mostly an act.

I could go into detail about why I believe this but here's one key point: there is a lot of money tied up in her antics. The music industry is big business, and nobody would risk that kind of investment in an out-of-control drug addict.

Despite what you might see in the tabloids Miley is working very hard performing and making appearances. She and her sponsors are cashing in quite nicely on her notoriety.

I'm not saying that I think she is a good role model, but I wouldn't mind having the interest on the money she is making.
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Is she embracing or spoofing our oversexed culture? There's no difference. Hollywood takes your hatred of Hollywood, re-packages it, and sells it back to you at a profit. How would Che feel about Walmart and Fruit of the Loom making money off his unwashed mug on t-shirts? Who cares? Many people hate business, and that makes for good business.
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Miley Cyrus doesn't know Nina Hagen from Rosemary Clooney. Her knowledge of music barely reaches back to Madonna - and to her, that's ancient history.

Maybe one of her handlers saw the direction she was taking and dolled her up like Hagen to ridicule her on the sly...but Miley is blissfully unaware.
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Punk of the year? Good grief, if you want true in your face, take no prisoners, off the charts punk you have to go with Wendy O. Williams (who passed away in 1998). Compared to her, Miley is a talentless, gyrating robot. Wendy would have probably cut Robin Thicke in half with a chain saw. None of the new "shock talent" even comes close to her.
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Studied commentaries addressing pop culture? Sifting sawdust. Analyzing rabbit dung.
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-or- "picking fly poop out of pepper."
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Great line. If you see it published please don't sue me cuz i'll be repeated it so often I'll think it was mine. [no mine! - the Futon]
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Bjork authentically doesn't give a sh*t. That's endearing.
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