In my dreams, Miley and Sinead decide to be grown ass women who, at the end of the day, respect each other’s work, go out for a beer and have a cool, smart, healthy debate about sexual expression/exploitation in the music biz. Then they head to the studio and record a song together and it is awesome. I am losing hope of this actually happening in real life, so Robin Skouteris‘s excellent mashup of Sinead’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” will have to do. [via Jezebel]
“I have to say that I’m disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualized performances and videos. You know the ones I’m talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment. As if the tidal wave of sexualized imagery wasn’t already bombarding impressionable young girls enough. I believe in freedom of speech and expression, but the market forces don’t give a toss about the notion of boundaries. As long as there’s booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold. It’s depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.Their assumption seems to be that misogyny — utilized and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it’s all justified by how many millions of dollars and YouTube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It’s a glorified and monetized form of self harm.”
’80s British singer Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics wrote a post on Facebook this Saturday clearly directed at Miley Cyrus (“You know the ones I’m talking about”). A skeptical Lennox hopped aboard the same bandwagon as Sinead O’Connor, who last week alleged that Cyrus is being exploited by the record industry and needs to have better handlers. Cyrus was rudely dismissive of O’Connor’s open letter last week, comparing the singer who has struggled with mental illness to Amanda Bynes.
It was classy of Lennox to write these comments without calling out the twerking singer directly — but nevertheless, she found herself adding more commentary on Sunday:
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Alright, I think it’s time to start a petition to ban Matt Lauer from interviewing young famous women on “The Today Show.” It rarely doesn’t tread into uncomfy territory. (Remember when he asked Anne Hathaway about her vagina?) This morning, in between singing her hit songs “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” Lauer interviewed Miley Cyrus about her new album, Bangerz, that whole Sinead O’Connor mess and, of course, her performance at the MTV VMAs last month, and it got … yucky. Watch above.
I have been feeling complex emotions about Miley Cyrus lately — I begrudgingly love her new album, Bangerz; I hate that she made fun of Sinead O’Connor’s mental issues — but she earned some points back with me with this spoof on “Saturday Night Live.” A raunchy remix of “We Can’t Stop” about the government shutdown, starring John Boehner and Michelle Bachmann? Perfection.
The only reason I feel any sort of sympathy or human compassion for Miley Cyrus today, or ever, is because her dad just performed a song alongside Fred Durst on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Worst nightmares realized. Like, I would be so embarrassed if my dad were to so much as breathe the same air as Fred Durst, especially if my dad were already Billy Ray Cyrus. I thank god every day that my dad is my dad and not Billy Ray Cyrus.