Now that I've gotten your attention, I am writing this piece with pure concern for this family that is not only in crisis now but seems to have been in crisis for quite a while.
About nine years ago a girl born Destiny Hope Cyrus changed her name to Miley. At the time that this happened, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why someone would want to replace such a pretty name with Miley? Her father said that was because that was his nickname for her, whatever.
When this little girl was 3 and 4 years old, her Dad would bring her out on stage sometimes with her baby brother Braison and sometimes not. She would pick up bras and roses thrown on the stage by his fans. Today, in Rolling Stone magazine, little Miss Miley revealed that this was her job, her chore for which she got paid $10.00.
At the time these children were on stage I thought it was wrong. They should have been home in bed, if not home with their mother than with a Nanny. There was plenty of money for a Nanny and in fact, these kids always had one. Why were they on stage?
I am starting to think that we all failed this little girl. Perhaps if someone had stepped up back then and said something some of this could have been changed for this child or these children.
I was backstage one time when Braison was about 6 years old. He was underdressed for the weather and shivering. I asked him if he had any other clothes with him, he said no. I covered him with a road gear tarp to keep him warm. I remember thinking then, why is this child here and not home? It was September, he should have been home and getting ready for his little school week ahead.
Miley’s behavior has been getting out of hand and the last three years, it has become increasingly erratic. She does what she does in the name of art but my personal opinion is that this all is a huge cry for help. Even if she doesn’t know it, it is.
Now today she also reveals in her Rolling Stone interview that she has and I quote “Her connection with Billy Ray, which has been famously strained at times, is much better — perhaps due to some shared recreational interests."I never knew my dad smoked weed," she noted to RS.”
Most of us have smoked weed, this is true. Some of us still do and for the people that want to do this, there is nothing wrong with that. What I do take issue with is if a parent is getting high with a child. if you're child is too young to drink in a bar, then then should be too young for you to get high with as well.
I am not a prude but in my own personal life I did not have a drink with my children until my children were of legal age to drink and I have never gotten high with any of them. That is just something parents don’t do or am I wrong about that? I really hope she is not inferring that she get's high with her Dad. Billy Ray does reveal he smoked pot in his younger days in his book, "Hillbilly Heart." Let's hope that is what she is referring to with her comment.
The article in Rolling Stone reveals much about both her parents. Her mother always wanting to be a star herself. It really does show us that there has always been more going on in that household and it gives a real insight into perhaps why Miley is the way she is.
Her family has always put out there that they are a true Christian family. That is what many of the long time BRC fans are finding so disappointing in all these revelations. Is Miley saying these things because she wants people to know her father is not what he portrays himself to be or is she just stupid or stoned and things come out of her mouth without thinking. How could she think it could be good for her father’s career or even her own to reveal these things?
I think we may have all failed her as a community. There had to be people around that knew what was going on inside that family and if there was, shame on you folks for not sticking your nose into their business and helping these kids. It takes a village to raise a child.
I think we all need to say a pray for this family and most especially the kids. They truly do need it.