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The Moral of the Miley Story: Sex Sells

April 29, 2008 03:35 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Critics view the Vanity Fair photos as part of the deliberate sexualization of a 15 year old.

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“Fame, in these times of nano-second communication, has become less about talent and all about sex and bad manners, the more the better,” according to The Vancouver Sun, which asserts that no one should feign shock about Miley Cyrus’s apparent fall from innocence. Rather, the young starlet is simply getting in line with a trend that rewards bad behavior and relies on provocative images to capture public attention.

Even Bonnie Fuller, former editor at Us Weekly and the woman dubbed “Queen of the Tabloids” by Forbes magazine, criticizes the Cyruses and Hollywood for turning Miley Cyrus into a saleable sex object. She warns, “Exploiting and Lolita-izing your teen daughter for fame and fortune runs a high risk of leading to heartbreak for the very one that you claim to love and cherish.”

Most of the attention is on the topless photo, but Newsweek says the photo of Cyrus and her country music star father Billy Ray Cyrus is equally, if not more, inappropriate and further accentuates the marketability of the Lolita image. 

Although Cyrus was once praised as the antidote to teenage disasters such as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, it seems that she too will be jumping on the “bad is good” bandwagon.

Headline Link: ‘A Billion Dollars Worth of “Bad”’

Opinion and Analysis: ‘The New Lolita?’

Background: Miley Cyrus is ‘so grounded’

Related Topic: Sexualizing Teenage Girls


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