Build them up to tear them down

I really didn’t want to write anything about the latest Hollywood scandal, but I’m annoyed.

Another day, another starlet being torn down by the press and the public. I have come to the realization that this is what we enjoy the most. You might think that we like stars and celebrity – the excesses and the glitz, but what we like more is seeing stars fall and all their riches lost. It’s sport.

I am of course talking about the Miley Cyrus scandal. Maybe I shouldn’t assume you know, because I could be talking about the latest Britney Lohan Hilton scandal. While the Cyrus pictures themselves are a little much for a fifteen year-old, it wouldn’t bother me so much if there weren’t adults involved. At the end of the day this is a young girl that is trying to please all the egos around her. And all these egos know there is much money to be made off of her image. Why would they care about the scandal and the harm it would do to this girl when the more scandal it causes, the more money that is made?

Where are her parents? Old “Achy Breaky” himself should know more about the industry and fame than most parents. Instead he’s taking creepy pictures with his daughter. And to this Vanity Fair: at what point does the quest for sales totally diverge with social responsibility?

We treat these girls like adults and complain that they “grow up to fast” when in fact we force then to. Last week Cyrus was apologizing for pictures that were taken while she partied in a hotel with a girlfriend. Thank god I didn’t have to apologize for things I did when I was fifteen. All these self-righteous, pompous, stick up their asses, people that turn a child acting like a child into news. How do we expect a child to act?

This at a moment when our country is in a recession, fighting two wars, and trying to choose who will be the next leader of the free world. The middle east is still the middle east. The third world is in a food shortage crisis. We have other things that should be occupying our minds. Is it a wonder why we’re in such bad shape? (I can talk because if you read this blog you’ll know I don’t spend much time thinking about this shit).

This all says more about us than I wish it did.

  • http://stillbaking.ca/blog suze

    I couldn’t agree more. You’re supposed to screw up at 15, that’s part of being young. Luckily most of us don’t have the world watching when we do…

  • http://www.merujo.com Merujo

    Personally, I think this was all amazingly orchestrated and calculated. The whole fakey “oh, goodness what have we done”/measured shame/disdain crap… it’s amazing publicity to keep the Miley/Hannah machine moving forward at full steam as she moves from tweener idol to the “not-quite-legal hottie” thing (which I find totally twisted.) I mean, she surely has a PR army, plus a cadre of lawyers and her parents pulling strings and watching what’s happening. Miley is too young to be legally bound to contracts, so grown-ups had to make this happen. (Grown-ups who might want to take the welfare of a kid over greed now and then.)

    Just as Disney turns a blind eye to the nearly nekkid young girl billboards advertising lingerie in China, their hands wrapped in Mickey Mouse puppets with the Disney logo prominently displayed, they feign outrage over a surely long-planned Annie Lebowitz photo shoot, but know this will keep the fires burning with that selling point of scandal for a long time to come. Of course, eventually, this all comes back to bite them all in the ass.

    They turned Britney from schoolgirl to skank, and we all know how well that turned out…

  • Sean

    Yeah, this whole thing does bear the stench of preorchestrated “controversy/publicity”.

    Frankly, I don’t find the pictures of her supposedly
    topless all that scandalous…I mean, she’s wearing
    a towel or sheet around her fer chrissakes…all you
    really see is some of her back…you can see far more
    than that at the beach these days(hello camel toe!).

    It’s the weird poses with her dad that I find disturbing;
    they kind of creep me out.

  • Spencer

    I agree with you guys – I really think this kind of helps get her out of the “Disney” prepubescent crowd, and into a more adult crowd. I just think it overly sexualizes a 15 year-old.

    The pictures aren’t all that much, just the fact that she’s so young. And yes, the pictures with her father are even more creepy.