The Oxford English Dictionary, or the OED, used to fill a room until it shrunk to two volumes with a miniscul font, and now it's online! As is its new entry: "Twerking!" Former child star Hanna Montana has done a strip club demo of this phenomenon at the recent VMA awards, much to the consternation of her fans and even the Will Smith family. (See Photo.)
Admittedly I am a news junkie, and when a story gets carried in all the major media outlets, it's really hard to avoid. While Miley's stunt is categorized under performing arts, the real performance is about a kid (or young adult) discovering sex as an outlet. But what is it an outlet from? Let's review:
- The young lady has tweeted that she's miserable and needs drugs to sleep. (Shades of Michael Jackson and the unhappiness of children made too famous too soon!)
- She's in therapy with her father about their faltering relationship.
- Her father has an on-again-off-again marriage with Miley's mom, and has possibly had an affair. (Hell hath no fury like a child feeling betrayed!)
- Her dress (or lack of it) and her escapades, make it obvious that Miley wants to shed the "girl next door" image.
- Papa Cyrus has expressed his undying support wanting to be "there for her always,"but worries about Miley's entourage "putting her in danger." He wants to "shelter her from the storm," and "stop the insanity for just a minute."
- Miley seems to want none of this, so she continues to act out.
Acting out can be quite addictive, as addictive as sex, and it sometimes makes the actor feel better, temporarily. But what's the real problem with acting out if it doesn't hurt anyone? Just glance at Jaden Smith's face and the answer is plain. However, this child star will probably be involved in a Smith family meeting explaining the back story here.
Never having watched the Hanna Montana series, I searched for it with my remote. I found a show that was devoted to the oppressive life that a child star lives, without privacy, and sometimes without guidance or true values. No one can know the truth of any celebrity's life and all the psycho-babel in the world (mine included) will never help stop the unhappy screech of gnawing that we have all experienced. This particular episode featured Miley Cyrus, avoiding the Hanna Montana limelight and hiding away in the bosom of her family to sort out her values in her grandma's home. Miley tries to find true companionship here and does eventually learn to trust again. Her song says: "It's all about the climb . . . sometimes you're going to have to lose. . . .Everybody knows you'll find your way back home."
We sincerely hope that when the real Miley Cyrus shows up.which is the best Miley that she can be, she will eventually find her way back home.