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Miley Cyrus has that song Wrecking Ball, the one that has received so much attention because of the provocative video that was released along with the song.
Yes, that one.
The one where she’s naked on a wrecking ball. And licking a sledge hammer.
Yes, that one.
The one that has, most likely, become the first sexual experience for post-pubescent boys who have a computer, smart phone or tablet and have had three to five minutes by themselves.
I’m not even going to link to that video because I really don’t want to promote any more views on it.
Funny thing, though, the song isn’t actually bad.
I was in the car with Rene and we were listening to the radio and suddenly this sad pop love song came on. Rene said, “You have to listen to this!” So I listened to it and I enjoyed it. I didn’t recognize it and, sure, it’s a pop song so it’s maybe not the deepest most introspective bit of musical poetry in the world – but it’s not a bad song. Like, this is going to be the love anthem for junior high and young high school relationships this school year.
So I ask Rene who it is and she gets excited and her eyes get big and she starts pointing at the radio and the only thing she can get out is, “This is Miley Cyrus! I wanted you to hear this!”
So I’m like, “Is this Wrecking Ball?”
And she nods and says, “Mm hm,” with a big “can you believe it?” look on her face.
This got me curious and Rene and I had a long conversation about it and Miley and… well that’s what the rest of the blog is about. When I got home I decided that it might be worth a look at the video since the song seems to be pretty vulnerable and sincere, even in its poppyness, and that must mean that there’s a reason why she’s getting all crazy on the sledgehammer, right?
No. Not at all. The video everybody knows about really is just sloppy soft core.
However, when I was searching, the first thing I found was a director’s cut of the video and it looked like this:
And here’s a link for those looking on mobile devices: Director’s Cut.
Now this makes much more sense for the message of the song. Here, lets take a look at the lyrics courtesy of AZLyrics.com:
Here’s the most ironic thing for me about the fact that this is the director’s cut – the director is Terry Richardson.
Yes, that Terry Richardson.
The Terry Richardson who is a very talented photographer…
…but has also been called out as a perv on many occasions.
So, when you see all that, the naked video with the licking falls right into form…
…but again I point to the actual raw vulnerability in the director’s cut and suddenly you start to wonder how these two things were made by the same guy.
Here’s what i’m getting at: we have two creatives who are both at high points in their careers. Both have talents that are appreciated by the general public and are looked up to by people young and old – but the story with these two is all about sex. Sex has become the conversation, not the songs or the pictures, and that’s a shame.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of sex. I understand why it is used and exploited and I do believe there are times when using sex and/or sexuality can actually be a strong statement in art. But when it becomes schtick or a crutch it’s very obvious and that, more than any moral reason, is why I think both of these artists – and yes I will use the word “artist” and not feel bad – get as much backlash as they do.
We, as the listening/viewing public expect more because they’ve both shown that they can do better. There’s disappointment when you watch someone phone it in or try to force you to believe them as they flail out of character. With Richardson in particular, I personally believe that he’s let his persona get the better of him and it’s drowning out the actual person who takes good pictures.
So I turn to you, what do you think? I look forward to your comments.
See you next time!