Can you count all 100 WTF moments from Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” performance at the AMAs?
As I watch yet another “controversial” performance by Miley Cyrus I’m suddenly reminded of Rorschach’s quote from Watchmen about The Comedian: "Blake understood. Humans are savage in nature. No matter how much you try to dress it up, to disguise it. Blake saw society’s true face. Chose to be a parody of it, a joke."
Miley Cyrus has seen society’s true face. Oversexed, superficial, gluttonous. Yet we do everything in our power to dress ourselves up as a puritanical society that values hard work and kindness over fame and wealth. But we file in by the tens of millions to watch the Kardashians and the Real Housewives. We mock and deride them, but have turned them into multi-millionaires, while we attack teachers and police officers as “union thugs” tearing apart the fabric of our nation.
Miley Cyrus knows that she can bleach her eyebrows for 24 hours and it will be a bigger weekend story than the nuclear deal with Iran. She is attacked for smoking weed, partying, and exploring her sexuality. Things that we expect and even encourage from other 21 year olds who are “coming of age” during their college years. Society, however, decided that Cyrus should be held to a higher standard as a role model. Never mind the fact that if she were still running around in Hannah Montana bangs we’d be calling her a sad, talentless washed up former child star.
She’s never going to win in the court of public opinion, so fuck it. She instead has packaged all the things that Americans truly value: sex, drugs, rock & roll, and, in this case, kittens. And she’s selling it. Over and over and over again.
Which brings me back around to yet another quote from Watchmen, this time from Edward Blake himself.
"What happened to the American dream? It came true. You’re looking at it."