Unless you’re living under a rock, I’m assuming by now you all have heard, seen, or read about Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance a while back. It was…interesting to say the least. Now while I will keep my personal opinions about her performance and new direction to myself (you REALLY don’t want to hear my old lady rant about that!) I do have a bone to pick about how her physical appearance has been attacked.
That’s taking things a bit too far in my opinion.
Now I get that she opened herself up for this ridicule by wearing the outfit she did. But why is our first instinct to instantly judge the imperfections of her body instead of judging the pieces of material covering (or not covering) it?
I’m going to be honest. I thought she looked disgusting in her outfit. The fit, the color, and of course how much skin she revealed was all in poor taste. In my opinion. But my thoughts never went to examining her body or comparing her body to anyone else’s. Her body is her body and she can do with it what she wants.
So why then are people using her physical appearance as motivation of what not to be? Squat so you don’t look like Miley! Hey there jerkface, did you ever stop to think that maybe she’s one of those people who were born with a pancake booty? Did you ever stop to think that maybe it was that plastic material that she was wearing that made her looked like that? I have heard she is a dedicated Pilates student, but because her booty didn’t look perfect in that outfit we automatically think she doesn’t work hard? I personally find Miley to be very skinny, and being in the business that she’s in, you don’t think that all these judgments being thrown her way give her self esteem issues? She’s a young woman, and I doubt she is immune to negative thoughts about her body.
I have a 9 year old sister and no, I don’t want her looking up to Miley. I’d rather she looked up to someone more conservative and less… naked. But I also want her to look at young women in a positive light. I don’t want her to judge them or compare them, after all, isn’t that what we women have been trying to fight against for years? If we ourselves don’t won’t to be compared to a Victoria’s Secret model, then what gives us the right to compare Miley Cyrus to anyone at all?
I just think that as women, we need to be lifting other women up and not tearing them down. If you don’t want to be as thin as Miley, then fine, say that you personally would rather have more curves. But to be so harsh about it…that to me is just another way to trigger body image issues. What do you think my little sister would think if she heard these comments? I can tell you what I would have thought at her age. I would’ve looked at Miley’s thin frame and instantly thought that if she wasn’t thin enough or good looking enough, then I certainly wasn’t either.
And down the ED rabbit hole I’d go.
What are your thoughts on the Miley body bashing?