In her latest video, "Wrecking Ball," she has no problem in cementing the fact.
Even though the music video has caused some controversy as Cyrus rides around on a wrecking ball completely naked, I do ask all of those who have seen the video the following question: Why does it shock you?
Well, watch the video first. Afterward, read my thoughts on the subject.
So, after viewing her latest video from her upcoming album, "Bangerz," here is how I feel.
Let us start with the song itself. It is your typical breakup song. A woman leaves her man and now she feels completely vulnerable. She is dealing with the breakup and it is practically tearing her apart.
Courtney, who is a very dear person in my life, put it like this: "The song is a break up song but it's also about vulnerability; and being naked in the video is one of the best ways to show it. Stripping naked is [as] vulnerable a person can be. It's like she's baring her soul, [her] everything. I think it's an artistic approach."
This is a very true point of view.
I am sure there are people out there who have seen this video and might be upset by the images. Perhaps some may have seen it as vulgar or tasteless. I disagree with these viewpoints because this is no more appalling than watching Lady Gaga videos where she has been naked a few times.
I honestly would like to know why people are still disgusted by images of naked people. I can possibly understand parents would want to shield their children from certain images on television and movies which are deemed too adult and inappropriate for minors. However, from my perspective, I would rather show two people making love than two people trying to kill each other. Think about it for a moment. One scenario sounds more pleasant and enjoyable while the other seems frightening and distressing.
If this does not help drive in both points, then I submit the following:
Would you rather see this?
|A very disturbing image, indeed.|
Maybe I am looking into it more deeply than what it is. I just find it unacceptable for people to look at something beautiful and criticize it at the same time. Miley Cyrus is a very beautiful woman. She has a lovely voice and is very talented. While there are still some who objectify her raunchy appearance at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, we should all remember there have been other artists who have done similar acts on stage or in their music videos.
"Wrecking Ball" is a very powerful video with just as much of a powerful message. If the only thing people can take away from the video are the images of Cyrus naked and nothing else, then they have not fully understood what the video was trying to convey. We have come a long way since Michelangelo's "David." People really should relax. Above all, if you do not like it, then do not watch it. It is so simple.