Personally, it’s not surprising to see child stars grow up to be edgy at best or full-blown disasters at worst anymore. It’s hard to imagine it going any other way seeing as society on the whole is their primary parental figure. Everyone else is allowed to grow up in a goal-structured environment where we’re free to choose our interests, friends/associates, and careers. Child stars like Miley Cyrus don’t always have that.
While it may appear that they can do whatever they want to do, the fact is they can, but everyone will be watching them do it. So a lot of the time, there are people in these kids’ lives monitoring every bit of it as a means to either keep them raking in the money, or to protect them from the anxious public’s judgement and cruelty. Child stars’ circumstances are far from ordinary, so it’s kind of a stretch to expect them to be ordinary at any point.
So when I checked out the video for “We Can’t Stop,” I figured it was coming. There’s nothing wrong with it in my eyes, but judging from the YouTube comments on the video and a few blogs, some fans are falling out of love with her over it. I can’t understand why some of the same people that claim to be adoring fans contribute to things like this happening. Take Justin Bieber: nowadays, people are making a stink about his outbursts at paparazzi, speeding through his neighborhood in sports cars, and the discovery of marijuana on his tour bus in Sweden. I can remember when Biebs first came around and how there was actually a website that ONLY featured a counter that counted down the years, months, weeks…all the way down to the second in anticipation of his 18th birthday. Girls (and grown women) actually kept up with his age down to the second so they would know when it was okay to throw themselves at him. It can’t get more “rock star” than that, can it?
So what are we really expecting here? In Miley’s case, people did the same thing. In the song “Every Girl” by Lil Wayne (2009) [Ed.: technically a Young Money joint, but yeah, same difference], featured artist Mack Maine remarked “In about 3 years, holla at me Miley Cyrus.” Three years later when she turned 18, they had a flirty exchange on Twitter. So hearing the racy subject matter of “We Can’t Stop” was frankly something I’d be expecting if I was a fan of hers. Being more into hip-hop, the only issue I have with it is the inevitable blame that hip-hop will probably get for Miley’s new style.
She’s been hanging out with rappers quite a bit lately, snapping pictures with everyone from 50 Cent and Lil Kim to Wiz Khalifa and Tyler, the Creator. “We Can’t Stop” was produced by Mike Will Made It (who is most famous for his work with Future, Rihanna, and Meek Mill) and features some of the latest “flavors of the month” in terms of rap slang (I don’t want to know what “turned up” means and anxiously await its fizzling out.) There’s even a remix featuring rapper Khia, most famous for the song “My Neck, My Back” (which makes just about anything Miley could come up with seem appropriate for a Disney show.)
To me, “We Can’t Stop” is harmless. It doesn’t sound very good, but I wouldn’t say Miley has gone off the deep end. She’s put away the childish things with this one, but that’s fine because she’s no longer a child, right? All of the attention and scrutiny makes it difficult for child actors/musicians to always be who we’d like them to be. For the sake of example, let’s say you and I were at a party; we’re having a great time, not a care in the world. Someone tries to leave this party and discovers all of the doors are locked from the outside. Once this announcement has been made, it’s reasonable to assume that panic would be created. The party goes from being fun, to frantically searching for a means of breaking free.
As far as child stars go, fans can unknowingly lock these kids into a box. Once they realize this, you should expect them to try to break out. Most recently, Jay-Z remarked on his latest album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ “Cause somewhere in America, Miley Cyrus is still twerkin.” He later elaborated on this via Twitter saying that Miley is “an old world’s worst nightmare.” She readily agreed and got #twerkMileytwerk to become a trending topic. That doesn’t shock you, does it?
Jonathan started writing as a supplement to his artwork as a child, drawing and supplying the dialogue for comic books that he would make from scratch and hand out to friends and family members. He continued writing fiction into his teenage years, but steered toward engineering in college. He maintains the love for reading and writing.