Defending Miley Cyrus: Cher, Tegan and Sara, and Charli XCX…

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Everyone and their mother has weighed in on Miley Cyrus’ career. Sinead O’Connor’s open letters gave advice “in the spirit of motherliness”, such as: “you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you” and you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself.

Replies from the likes of Amanda Palmer and Gloria Steinem said ‘don’t hate the player, hate the culture that objectifies women’.

Some of Miley’s fellow female pop stars are coming to her defense:

Cher: “Sinead O’Connor has a very different sense of herself than Miley Cyrus, so I don’t think it’s as dire as people are warning.”

“You’re talking to someone who’s done that kind of stuff and I never did anything I didn’t want to. I was pushing an envelope that I wanted to push. I felt that looking the way I wanted to look made me more empowered.”

”I don’t think the naked part is the problem. Unfortunately, what happens now is that kids are exposed to everything that’s too old for them. You know, since the internet, since horrible PlayStation … I think maybe that is worse than seeing Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball.”

Charli XCX: “I don’t find nudity a big deal. I don’t find what Miley’s doing offensive. I actually think it’s really punk.”

“I don’t care if she’s taking her clothes off as long as she’s in control of it and it’s not a decision made by some guys fully dressed in suits at her record label. I think it’s fucking cool if she’s in control as a huge pop artist on a major label.”

“If you’re naked you’re selling sex and a stupid slut. That is not true as you can be an empowered female who’s proud of their body, owning it and completely in control.”

Tegan and Sara: “She’s this generation’s Madonna… A hugely talented pop star with agency over her body and sexuality, which terrifies people.”

“Back to being mad at/fake worried about Miley Cyrus? I’m a gay feminist prude and I’m feeling okay with her choice to work it. Lets move on.”


Cher quotes from The Guardian. Charli XCX quotes from Gigwise. Tegan and Sara quotes from NME magazine and Twitter.

One Response

  1. jw

    It’s impossible to have read anything Miley Cyrus has said about her music or image & buy the Sinead O’Conner, outside-looking-in line of thinking.

    What’s interesting is that Miley always openly said she didn’t care for Party In the USA or that post-Montana image, & now that she seems in control of & genuinely happy with everything, people want to pity her. There’s a lot of projecting going on there.

    A lot of female pop artists have been taken advantage of, certainly. But I don’t get that impression of Miley Cyrus at all.