By now, you’ve most certainly seen Miley Cyrus‘ new music video “Wrecking Ball,” in which she makes meaningful eye contact with the camera (or, perhaps, with the surely masturbating director behind the camera, Terry Richardson) while crying, licks a sledgehammer, and takes her clothes off. Yesterday, Shenae Grimes got all uppity about Miley needing to shower and also maybe girl needs a hug, and I accused Grimes of concern-trolling Miley, who I thought was just being Miley. As it turns out, Cyrus does need a hug, because she’s experiencing a lot of feelings. Shenae Grimes, I owe you an apology.
As The Daily Mail puts it in a comedically shame-filled way, Miley’s “attention-seeking display of flesh” actually “has a deep and very personal message to communicate to her fans. Cyrus told New York City’s Z100 radio station that “her overtly gratuitous display is symbolic of where she is in her life right now.”
Now, in her words, as opposed to The Daily Mail‘s shame fiesta:
“I think the video is much more, if people get past the point that I’m naked and you actually look at me. You can tell that I actually look more broken than even the song sounds. The song is a pop ballad. It’s one of these songs that everyone is gonna to relate to, everyone’s felt that feeling at some point. If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination a little bit and see kind of what the video really means and the way that it is so vulnerable.”
While the music video isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Cyrus is obviously more than entitled as a musician to use her raw emotions as fodder for her songs. That being said, I’d be more inclined to believe that this was a true exploration of emotions and vulnerability if the face of exploitation himself wasn’t attached to it.
This video may have been more powerful had it not seemed so much like we were watching Richardson’s latest wet dream come true, but good for her for being up front about what she’s going through. Is this what “art” is?