WASHINGTON – A few weeks ago, a friend of mine shared the elevator with a young girl and her dad, both on the way to claim their prize at a local radio station for being caller No. 10.
The reward? A pair of tickets to see Miley Cyrus in concert.
When my friend asked the young girl if she was excited to go to the concert, her father quickly chimed in.
“She’s not going. No way.”
Cyrus’ 38-city Bangerz tour has been met with mixed reviews, parental complaints and empty seats, as reported by Forbes. Although, her concert promoter Live Nation says ticket sales are fine.
Family and relationship expert Jane Greer says the hesitation seen among parents of young children is that Cyrus’ image just isn’t what it used to be.
“I think the risk for parents is that their children are no longer able to identify in the way they could when [Cyrus] was Hannah Montana,” Greer says. “Then, she was a role model because her behaviors and her values really flowed in a positive way.”
Some parents are calling Miley Cyrus’ concerts inappropriate and are comparing it to porn. (AP Photo)
The “new” Cyrus is an adult whose show reflects her age, her musicality and her fondness for shock and awe. A parental advisory is issued in the show to warn of explicit content — and Cyrus does not go back on her word.
Cyrus’ show has been labeled inappropriate by many. Some parents have gone so far as to call it “porn,” as reported on Music Fix.
“If parents are going to let their kids go to see her, it has to be on a very short leash with very clear boundaries in place,” Greer says.
Greer suggests explaining to your kids that this is a role Miley is playing. Her public performance is a character she has taken on. It is not a role with which to identify or copy.
These days, teen pop idols are getting more play for their mug shots, their twerking and their bad behavior than for their talent.
In previous generations, Elvis’ hips were X-rated and rock