So the much hyped New Miley is here (or sort of – Comcast keeps taking the video off YouTube, but you can watch it on E!’s website). Spoiler alert: she looks and sounds a leeetle like another sexpot circa “Womanizer.”
As you know, Kara, I like Miley a lot. I think “Party in the USA” is a great song, even if in interviews she has undercut it by saying she has actually never listened to a Jay-Z song. I even like her queer-theory-rich movie and her bonkers Disney show. And I think she’s been a great, fun-loving role model for tweens. All that talk about her “pole-dancing” made me crazy, because all she did was hold onto a pole so she wouldn’t fall off that ice cream truck.
ANYWAY. I even kind of like her now in crazy-serious, self-involved, “we are deeper than most people,” first-serious-grown-up-boyfriend-dourness mode (see smug joint interview). Who among us did not spend at least part of our late-teens, early twenties feeling superior to “most people”?
BUT. I find her bird hands in this video pretty silly. See if you agree.
From the LATimes. Kara, we need to pose like this the next time someone wants to take our picture. Also, is it just me or is Selena Gomez the hottest of the tween stars?
Hey Kara, long time no talk.
I just wrote this piece for the LA Times called “Is Tween TV Skewed Toward Girls?” about how tween entertainment is super girl-centric.
But what all the Nick and Disney execs I spoke to insisted was that boys are just different now. They LIKE watching shows about relationships, and have no problem identifying with a female lead character.
Ironically, I have been advocating for this idea for a while, that in this regard at least, 90s women triumphed, but lately my confidence in the Great Co-Ed Revolution had flagged. I think it was the Super Bowl ads.
Anyway, I’m still not 100% sure what’s going on here. I really loved the writer Peg Tyre’s thoughts on the subject. (She wrote The Trouble With Boys.) She made me see that a lot of boys need traditional “boy” stuff for their psychological development. And that is why my three-year-old son has so many awesome plastic swords and knight and pirate costumes right now. Peg, Oliver says, “thanks!”
I guess it’s just another extension of the “did we win” question… When it comes to having TV execs pay attention to girls, the answer is yes.
“The world isn’t so bad, and not everyone is a jerk. Here’s some evidence in the form of a room full of hardcore punk types singing and dancing along to Miley Cyrus’ “Party In The USA”. (Thank you, Mildred!)”
That’s what fluxtumblr says, and I want to agree.
I feel like this is the palette cleanser we need before I post depressing thoughts on the State of Gender Relations among Cliche Middle-Class Couples I May Not Even Like in Real Life (or something) tomorrow. But until then, enjoy!
PS. There might be some gender imbalance at this particular hardcore dance party. I can’t fucking worry about it, okay?! I am not going to let my being a feminist stuff get in the way of enjoying the Cyrus-loving tattooed guys!
i got this picture from the globe and mail. i wonder if i can find one with the crotch grab?
Um, Ada, I can’t believe what I just saw.
I was watching her, thinking about how amazing she looked, and how cool it is that she chose to sing “If I Were A Boy”—super-interesting feminist song!—when she launched into Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” It’s like everything we have been talking about came together in a Super Important Cultural Moment.
As the NYT blog said, “90s women stand up!”
kesha, looking kind of 90s and kind of hot, in esquire
Ada, MMM-Bop is totally on my ipod! So is Party in the USA, which I saw Miley perform live. She was so bad. But so fun!
As you note, so were a lot of performers in the 90s. Like Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer who, by the way, I saw in concert–TOGETHER–my freshman year of high school. Not to brag or anything.
Okay, now, let’s talk about Ke$ha. I just saw that “Tik Tok” is the number one song on itunes right now. Which is cool, because I like Ke$ha. Partly because I am in my 30s and so I find a party anthem with the lines “Ain’t got a care in the world, but got plenty of beer” and “Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack” to be hilarious. HOWEVER. This song would have made me cry when I was 15, significantly more earnest, and dreaming of getting away from girls who just wanted to party and drink. (In NY, I imagined, rightly, I would be able to party and drink…while discussing feminist theory. We’ll bring the whiskey on the 13th!)
Over Thanksgiving weekend I found myself in a Walmart, specifically the Miley Cyrus Max Azria display.
There I found outfits for our new career as feminist performance artists whose work revolves around Pre-Internet Teen Bedroom Culture.
I got the purple in my size and the red in yours. And yes, duh, leggings to go with them.