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Editor's column: My, oh Miley!

One-time cutie Miley Cyrus sank to new lows to prove she hasn’t fallen off the face of the earth. Is there a lesson to be learned here? Gotta look hard, but it’s there.

August 31, 2013
By Per Peterson , Marshall Independent

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

Slugs and snails

And puppy-dogs' tails,

That's what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice

And everything nice,

That's what little girls are made of.

I would like to thank Miley Ray Cyrus (with credit to Satan if he was the driving force behind her performance at the recent MTV Music Video Awards Show) for showing us all what can happen when little girls lose their cute.

Cyrus, a teen celebrity, has quickly become the poster child for falling from grace - you could hear the crash from here. BTW: That's the last time you'll see the words "Cyrus" and "grace" in the same sentence.

Proving that she's now more slugs and snails than sugar and spice, Cyrus showed us last weekend she has entered womanhood. Her performance at the awards show was ... well, use your own adjective(s) - disgusting, inappropriate, gross, stupid, demeaning, pathetic...

But instead of joining the Cyrus bashing, I've chosen to think outside the box and use what she did as a teaching moment for my 11-year-old daughter, a one-time fan of the Hannah Montana TV show.

If you haven't seen it (be glad, for starters), Cyrus took to the stage wearing some skimpy, two-piece ensemble for her eeew-inspiring performance. She had the customary make-up painted on, of course, and her hair was wound tight, which, to be honest, made her look a little like the devil himself. She jerked and twerked while showing off her Gene Simmons-like tongue throughout the show, which happened to take place on her daddy's birthday.

Her on-stage whatever you want to call it, made us all wonder: Who are you and what have you done with our favorite teeny-bop idol?

Doesn't matter now, Hannah appears to be gone for good because Miley said so, and she got exactly what she was craving: attention. Everyone's attention.

Weeeeeeeeeee! Miley's back on the map!

I know, girls will be girls, and Cyrus isn't the first teen sensation to go from cute to cringeworthy (see Britney Spears) and won't be the last. She went from someone little girls look up to and want to emulate, to someone parents look down on and want to eradicate.

But before you take a Zippo to those Hannah Montana posters in your daughter's room, before you return that Hannah Montana lunch box, or the backpack, or that T-shirt or that pair of tennis shoes, stop! Go ahead and show your daughter the video of Cyrus' memorable twerk-filled performance and let her see how poor decisions can affect them and ruin their reputation.

Don't bother trying to shield your little girl from it because in today's age of technology, it's all over the Internet. You want to keep your daughter from seeing it? Fine, then don't let her go to a friend's house, take away her computer privileges, remove all TV sets from your home, make her wear a blindfold and lock her in her bedroom.

Doing all this might, juuuust might, keep her from catching a glimpse of the new version of Hannah Montana. It could also get you arrested.

I say, go ahead, let your daughter see there are really, really bad ways of getting attention and that attention works both ways. Cyrus, who I hear still hasn't put her tongue back in her mouth, certainly turned heads at the show, but she also provided parents of young girls with a teachable moment, as in: "This is what you DO NOT do to get attention, sweetie!"

It's easy to rip on Cyrus and all the other young entertainers who make questionable career choices, but there's really no point to it. Instead, let's take the new Cyrus with a grain of salt and use what she did last weekend as a opportunity to remind our daughters to stay cute. Maybe something good can come out of this, and if it does, we owe Cyrus some gratitude.

So, thank you, Miley. And shame on you.

I guess now we know "sugar and spice" have a shelf-life.



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