December 9, 2016
Leave Miley Alone! Are The Media And Music Divas Bullying Miley Cyrus?

Miley Cyrus has become a victim of bullying, according to a recent accusation which blames her for thinking all African-Americans look alike. Do you remember the video "Leave Britney Alone," the one in which we could not determine the sex of the youtuber, and then we found out it was a man, Chris Crocker, who has been accused of acting the video? Nicki Minaj, Pink, and now Vince Staples may give Crocker a chance to defend the besieged Miley Cyrus who has been criticized for her comments regarding Kendrick Lamar, the Compton Hip Hop Rapper. Staples blasted Miley's comments at the 2015 VMA awards.

"Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he's cool. I do it and I'm a druggie whore."
In response to Miley's statement, Staples corrected Miley.
"Kendrick Lamar doesn't have a song about LSD. That's A$AP Rocky. So is it either you don't know what you're talking about or is it all black people look alike?"
This most recent spat is in a long line of complaints against the young pop star of the hit singles "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball." Miley is known for her antics of Twerking with Robin Thicke, spontaneous tongue projection, comments regarding the stress-relief qualities of masturbation, the free the nipple campaign, apparently ripping off a brand name for one of her costume changes at the 2015 VMAs and now confusing two hip-hop rappers in her claim she is called a whore when she sings about controversial subjects.

Of course, some critics point out that Miley could just be part of the plan for increasing the ratings at the VMAs, which have been steadily declining, perhaps due to the vitriolic repartee, gratuitous wardrobe malfunctions and what some see as the self-confidence-damaging sexualization of women.

Miley has her supporters. Singer Rita Ora, with whom Miley shared a kiss at the VMAs, "applauded" Miley Cyrus for her on-stage nudity.So, is Miley Cyrus being bullied? People forget that many of Miley's critics engage in their own headline grabbing exercises. Nicki Minaj recently spoke about her bedroom antics, proving that those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
"I've been told that I'm like a guy. Like, 'Why do you always have to climax?' Uh, because I do. We're both doing this for the same reason. We both want the same feeling at the end, so if I can't have that feeling, I'm going to make you feel like [censored]."
Of course, discussing the rights of women to enjoy a private sex life could be said to be different than sharing bedroom fashion with an audience. But the point is that all pop stars have controversy in their lives, which they push through or simply use to sell more records. We call it an act for a reason; like pro-wrestling, the sport is not as important as the presentation. Just like Britney Spears' tragic mental health breakdown and going to a mental hospital resulting in hate from her fair-weather fans and the tabloid media. And so all the personal and emotional struggles of celebrities -- especially music divas -- keep us questioning and debating as boundaries are pushed, or in the case of Miley Cyrus, broken through lie a wrecking ball, giving Miley the award that wasn't presented at the VMAs, which I now confer to her, in absentia, for "best lived life in accordance with a music single metaphor."

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