After a bunch of hoopla in the general media, I decided to watch the video myself.
Honestly? I think 98% of the video is absolutely gorgeous. Her staring at the camera, pale face with red lips and that hair? Beautiful, with and without the tears. Her swinging on the wrecking ball? It’s metaphorical, and it’s powerful.
Yes, I could do without the licking the sledgehammer and some of the more overt sexy moments…..but let’s not forget – she’s 20. She’s at that age when many women want to feel they are sexy and wanted, and want their femininity and sexuality acknowledged.
She is beautiful, and I never really thought that before. Her video reminds me, to some degree, of Gwen Stefani in “Underneath it all”. It also reminds me of the ground-breaking artists before Miley – Britney and Madonna kissing, Madonna’s early career, Shania Twain’s ‘daring’ midriff-baring, Lady Gaga’s….entire public life.
She’s a young woman, testing boundaries and exploring herself. If you aren’t interested, don’t watch. If your kids see it, use it as an opportunity to discuss the differences between artists and real people, media and real life, and your expectations of them.