Many of the people in America and across the world hate Miley Cyrus. If you’re reading this, you might be one of those people, but today, I’m here to tell you why you shouldn’t be.
Before you get too far in reading this, I want you to take a quick second and think about why it is that you actually hate Miley. I’ll go first: I used to heavily dislike Miley for no other reason than the fact that she changed from cute, little Hannah Montana to naked pothead. See, even my own reasoning was pretty dumb. She grew up. She’s not 12 anymore, so she must be an awful person, right?
Well, she obviously couldn’t stay Hannah Montana forever. And to be honest, she’s doing a hell of a lot better than some other child stars we’ve seen. So she’s naked all the time and she smokes marijuana, what a terrible influence to the younger generation (I sincerely hope you caught my sarcasm). In reality, I think she may be the best influence to the younger generation, and here’s why:
Miley has a strong sense of individuality.
If you hadn’t noticed, which I’m sure you had and this is why you’re here, Miley doesn’t conform to societal standards in the sense that she is still successful, happy, prosperous, and giving even though she dresses out of the box. So she had her boobs out, does that make her intellectualism any less valid? Absolutely not. She doesn’t just lose IQ points because she took her shirt off. According to Miley, “I see a lot of people with their clothes on, and they’re kind of assholes, I don’t know if it’s the clothes that turn you into an asshole…”
Miley was asked what her father thought of her wearing the clothing she does, and she responded, “I’m sure he’d maybe rather me not have my tits out all the time, but he’d rather me have my tits out and be a good person than have a shirt on a be a bitch.”
I’m sure we can all say that we’ve seen some crazy outfits from Miley, some crazier hair cuts and styles, and some questionable actions on stage, which are all reasons people dislike her, but why is the shaming okay? Facebook praises the common person for standing up for what they believe in, or doing something out of the norm, but when it’s a celebrity all of a sudden it’s not okay. Although that doesn’t only apply to Miley, it is more prevalent where she is concerned because of America’s uneasiness with sexuality.
She wears less clothes than she did as Hannah Montana and you think your child shouldn’t look up to her anymore? I thought the same about my nieces and nephews for a while, but now I think Miley may be their best role model. So she wears less clothes than the average person, but she shows that she’s unique, that she is her own person and no one can change that, not even a decent percent of the population that thinks she’s a slut, a whore, needs to wear more clothes, etc. She’s not worried about what others think of her, and that’s pretty admirable, considering the large amount of hate directed at her.
One tumblr user noted that she posts pictures to Instagram of her having zits as a way of showing that she too has imperfections.
Look, it’s been a long time since she acted the way she did on stage with Robin Thicke, and some people make mistakes and regret them. She can’t go back in time and change what happened that night, but it’s pretty clear that she’s not acting the same as she once did.
Miley gives TONS to charities.
Miley donated $500,000 to AIDs research just under a year ago. She is set to perform in October at a charity event hosted by Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, where she will headline their Fourth Annual Variety Show: James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah. Hilarity for Charity raises money for Alzheimer’s Association, which helps families struggling across the nation and funds research.
Miley recently decorated a yoga bag for the Libby Ross Foundation’s fundraising event. The Libby Ross Foundation helps women whose lives are burdened by breast cancer. Miley is involved with Musicians on Call, which brings music to patient’s bedsides.
In 2008 she told Time Magazine,
“If you pick up a guitar when you’re 8 you’re really good at it by the time you’re 20. It’s the same with giving back. My family has been visiting Kentucky coal-mine towns since I was little. We take clothes, gifts, and school supplies. It’s an eye opener for me, seeing families here in America living in Third World conditions. And it makes me want to make a difference. The truth is, it’s never too early to get involved. Someday today’s kids will be running for President. Now is our prep time. We need to get some practice in before we save the world.”
When she won her VMA for “Wrecking Ball,” she sent a young homeless man on stage, Jesse Helt, and he began to tell his story and his struggle. Homelessness is the reason for her starting her own charity, the Happy Hippie Foundation, which aims to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.” The Happy Hippie Foundation helps by using art and animal therapy, something Cyrus practiced, too. In an interview with Paper, she said,
“I can't drive by in my fucking Porsche and not fucking do something....I see it all day: people in their Bentleys and their Rolls and their Ubers, driving past these vets who have fought for our country, or these young women who have been raped...I was doing a show two nights ago, and I was wearing butterfly nipple pasties and butterfly wings. I'm standing there with my tits out, dressed like a butterfly. How the fuck is that fair? How am I so lucky?”
Miley doesn’t just give money to charity, she gives time. She spent time helping children hear for the first time.
The looks on the faces of those children are amazing. I admire her more after watching that, honestly.
Miley is an advocate for LGBT rights, while keeping other’s rights and choices in mind.
Miley has come out saying that she identifies as gender fluid. She told Paper,
“I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me," she says. "I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."
In the same interview she said,
"I remember telling [my mother] I admire women in a different way. And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys...And it was so hard for her to understand. She didn't want me to be judged and she didn't want me to go to hell. But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has."
She started her own Instagram event, #InstaPride, so she could show support for people who may be facing harsh realities due to their gender.
She’s also an advocate of feminism and the #FreeTheNipple campaign, which is a movement inviting people to stop looking down upon breasts and the showing of breasts, and fighting for the right of women to go topless, should they desire.
Miley can handle criticism.
As a star, she obviously needs to be able to handle criticism, but not even most people can handle harsh criticism when it’s said directly to their face. Miley can, and she can also help teach you or your children that criticism isn’t bad, and if others just blatantly dislike you, it’s no reason to not be yourself. See what I mean here,
She handles the comments directed at her in a fashion I don’t think many others could. She doesn’t get upset at other’s opinion, because that’s exactly what they are: opinions. She knows what is true about herself, so what should it matter what others think? Clearly, she’s doing a lot of good; an advocate for animal rights (as a vegan), an advocate for women’s rights, an advocate for LGBT rights, donation of large amounts of money and personal time to a variety of charities.. need I say more? She’s a great human being, and I really hope next time people think twice before they try to downplay Miley’s work.
She said once in an interview,
“When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that's what I had to ask myself a lot...It's like, I know you're going to look at me more if my [breasts] are out, so look at me. And then I'm going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you."