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Although I think that Chelsea's article about Miley raises some good points, overall I have to respectfully disagree. Miley is totally cool in my book.
It is seriously unfair for people to place this "role model" label on her when the girl has clearly been trying to shed that stigma since she quit Hannah Montana, if not even before that (hello scandalous Vanity Fair shoot.) She is practically as inked up as Weezy (maybe a minor hyperbole there), obviously enjoys a good bong rip, and has even taken to smoking cigarettes. Insert exaggerated, sarcastic gasp here.
Furthermore, to place this label on her as a role model and then claim she's not acting like one is a little ridiculous. Girl is just acting like the majority of other 19 year old girls in this country, whose brains are not even fully developed yet I might add. She is essentially a college freshman, except her university's campus is the globe and the administration is TMZ and Perez Hilton. But in her defense she is not stumbling wastey faced out of clubs, has not had sketchy "close to the star" sources claiming they saw her with a mysterious white powder, and has not gotten in trouble with the law like so many other young celebs. All in all, I'd say Miss Smiley is doing a pretty damn good job considering she essentially has unlimited money and resources to do whatever the hell she pleases. If whatever the hell she pleases involves multiple tattoos and a little salvia or weed, more power to this chick. Stay true to yourself babygirl, go do you.
What really bothers me though is that people actually consider her a role model. Let's examine her accomplishments for a second. She is the biggest star to come out of the Disney Channel. Boom, done. She became famous for lip-synching bad songs on television and then being an awkward teenager in her dual roles as Hannah and Miley. The only awards she's probably won are either from MTV or the Kids' Choice Awards. Sorry but surfboards and moon men do not an admirable entertainer make.
Can we please start teaching our tweens to idolize people who have done great things in this world. Even if you choose to have your role model be in the entertainment industry at least make it someone who accomplished something huge. Halle Berry, first and only black woman to win the Best Actress Academy Award. Meryl Streep for simply being, in my somewhat informed opinion, the best actress ever. Woody Allen for being a great director and having the balls to divorce his wife and marry his stepdaughter.
We should not be idolizing Miley or turning her into a role model. Instead we should try and encourage young girls to look up to people who have accomplished more than just becoming a brand.
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