In the wake of the MTV/VMA awards where Miley Cyrus abased herself in front of millions to the gods of modern Hedonism I, at best a reformed libertarian at heart, have some thoughts about Miley. In short, age has taught me that society needs some rules to survive. Miley Cyrus, at best an average singer, is famous, not unlike the Kardashians for being famous or perhaps infamous depending on your point of view. Her cache and attraction is simple a loved teenage image going from adorable teenager to soft porn in a few years is an interesting although meaningless story as so many have done it before her.
I believe she is free to do what she wishes with her body and her life as long as it does not impinge on other’s freedom to pursue happiness and success. Whatever she does on stage is hers and the businesses that promote it while at the same time it is definitely the business of America to determine if they will watch. Just as it is the business of American parents to control the influences on their children through control, example , personal ethics and explanation.
Another Question that bothers me is Why Robin Thicke is getting off scot free from all of this? Was he not a willing participant? Is it because he was not a Disney star or because he is male?
One of my most hated commercials at the moment speaks to the problem of parenting when it says ” use the parental controls to tell your children when they have been on the new Kindle long enough. We built the new Kindle to tell them so you don’t have to.” Ah perhaps that’s the rub we don’t have to parent anymore, let the schools or your Kindle do it for you and if it doesn’t work then it’s not your problem.
Perhaps the more troubling fact to me is like the canary in the coal mine is Miley Cyrus warning of what is to come. Am I so far out of the mainstream that I don’t know that I have washed up on shore and can’t see the fact that the Miley Cyrus performance was in fact mainstream.
Janis Joplin, another sad teenage story, sang that , “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.” Is it possible that like Lord Acton’s “power,” that absolute freedom corrupts and freedom corrupts absolutely?