Probably not something you want to hear, nor someone who you would imagine in the role of a role model. But hear me out here. I am fascinated and inspired by Miley Cyrus. Since her ‘coming out’ with the unfortunate (unfortunate because Robin Thicke was there leering) twerking incident in 2013, to her being naked on a wrecking ball video, to her weird and I’m assuming wonderfully crazy shows etc., etc., Miley has just gone out and done whatevs. She never bowed down to the shaming the media wished to give her. Never changed her tune to calm the ‘worried’ mothers of the Internet writing her open letters. She never fucking apologized.
And to up the ante, in her recent interview with Papermag, Miley had this to say about her sexuality and gender identity:
“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that’s legal, I’m down with. Yo, I’m down with any adult — anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me,” she says. “I don’t relate to being boy or girl, and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.” She says she’s had romantic entanglements with women that were just as serious as the ones (Liam Hemsworth, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Jonas) that ended up in Us Weekly. “I’ve had that,” she admits. “But people never really looked at it, and I never brought it into the spotlight.“
Yass!! My girl representin’!
It is refreshing to see a celebrity pop star not conforming to whatever is projected on her. While there might be other ‘rebellious’ pop stars, their rebellion seems to be a carefully manufactured variety, rebellious enough to be cool and ‘anti-parent’ and ‘anti-rules’. Even the ‘bad boy’ is only bad in a way that makes him cool. There is no real rebellion going on. Miley’s rebellion is awesome because she is rebelling by being accepting. Her rebellion is inclusion. Her rebellion is literally shouting, “Here, this is me. Now you do you! All are welcome!”
Everyone is going bat shit crazy because she is not playing by the rules. It looks for a second that maybe she’ll be the silly girl only known for her ability to be in the tabloids then she turns the tables by doing a soulful duet with Melanie Safka proving that she does have a voice and some talent, then she starts the Happy Hippie Foundation to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations. It might sound erratic but isn’t that how we all are?
I love her campaign for inclusion. Love it. It is exactly what we need right now. So maybe her music isn’t what you’re used to listening. But that’s not what I’m asking you to listen to. We so easily shoot down our youth forgetting that we used to be that young at one point too. So for now, I for one am happily going to support Ms. Cyrus in her campaign for acceptance!