“… Shaking it like we at a strip club. Remember only God can judge us, forget the haters cause somebody loves ya.”
Just a few lyrics from Miley Cyrus‘ new single, “We Can’t Stop.” While some might find some disgust and disapproval of this new mature content that the former Disney star sings of, I must say, this song has made me think twice about all the judgement that Miley has received the past few years.
Even more controversy and disagreement followed the song after the official music video was released on VEVO. Whether it was excitement, support or curiosity that brought viewers to watch the music video, the rush was in a large number that it was able to break VEVO’s record of most views in the first 24 hours with 10.7 million views.
Now that being said, if anyone knows me personally, you would know that I have never been a huge Miley fan, nor did I ever bash her either. I’ll admit to watching a few Hannah Montana episodes and even the movie in theaters. I too jammed along to “Can’t Be Tamed” in my car when it came on the radio. And I’m guilty of having “Party In The U.S.A.” on my iTunes at the moment. So I guess you can say that part of me is a Miley fan… or a “Smiler” to be exact. (Are they still calling themselves that anyways? Who knows.)
Anyways, back to where I was getting to about the music video. I watched the video and kind of didn’t get it. I criticized it quite a bit. I watched it again and laughed at her attempt at twerking. But it took me a few more views to realize that my opinions are just that, my opinions. They aren’t going to change the fact that Miley has taken ownership of her body, sexuality and is not afraid of sharing it with the world.
The video is not meant to be portrayed as a negative thing. On the contrary, it’s a celebration. A celebration of acceptance and freedom of a woman’s sexuality. Because of the stereotypical opinions that the media has gotten us used to, we see Miley’s embrace of sexuality as a bad thing. We view her singing of partying and having a good time as something we see sluts and hoes doing, but in reality, it’s probably a typical Friday night for most teenage girls and women alike. I mean really… how many of us have seen most of our girlfriends attempt to twerk or dancing on tables for fun or just to get a laugh.
I believe that the stereotypes and the portal of women need to change, especially in the media and the different entertainment mediums. With so much change coming in society with equality and women right’s, I believe that our views of women and men should be equal. It’s so easy for us to shrug our shoulders at a men doing the same things in the media and music videos, but we are quick to talk when we see a women dancing all provocative on our screens.
Of course, I don’t want my words to be taken out of content or be misunderstood. I’m all for seeing ladies conduct themselves as classy ladies but I also believe that a classy lady needs to shake her hair out once in a while and embrace the freedom of being a women without being judged or criticized.
You’ve read my opinions and thoughts, so take the time to watch the video below and come up with your own. Is Miley taking it to far with all her ass-shaking or is it a fun filled video?