If you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, then you didn’t know that Miley Cyrus released a new music video for her latest single “Can’t Be Tamed.” And what would the world be if Miley Cyrus did something and there was no controversy? Insanity, of course. So parents and bloggers are attacking the video because it’s “inappropriate.” No Miley isn’t pole-dancing on an ice cream truck, but she’s writhing in black corsets in a cage.
The buzz around Miley’s video is nowhere near as crazy as the fallout surrounding her pole-dance or Vanity Fair photo shoot. Still, The Huffington Post has a poll to see just how many readers think it’s “great” or “too sexy for 17.”
Cyrus is breaking free of her bubblegum image (if she ever had one), and going for a more adult, sexy persona. To make sure she’s seen in a new light, Cyrus made it a point to have full say in the creative direction of the video. She told MTV News that she didn’t want it to look like any other video because she, “[sees] videos all the time that [she’s] just like, ‘Yeah, it’s a great video, but I’ve seen it before.'”
Unfortunately for Miley, everyone is comparing her totally groundbreaking video to Britney Spears’s “I’m a Slave 4 U” video. (Of course, Miley should be flattered with these comparisons. She’s not being heckeled like XTina Aguilera who’s new video is such a rip-off of Gaga and Madonna that it cries desperation).
In fact, those who hate the video for being so gosh darn sexy can’t help but point out the similiarities between Spears’s dancer orgy, complete with grinding and face rubbing, and Cyrus’s caged dancer thingy (it has to be called a thingy because it’s not really sexy).
Parents hated when Spears tried to be adult and sexy, and they hate that Miley’s doing it too. Cyrus has said the video, “isn’t about being sexy or about who can wear less clothes. It’s about explaining the song and living the lyrics.” Of course, I don’t remember hearing anything about Miley being a half human, half bird circus attraction, but whatever.
While this again brings up the argument of whether or not teen stars are role models, I can’t help but wonder what all the fuss is about. In all honesty the song isn’t bad (it’s not good either). And the video is the most tame I’ve seen Miley Cyrus since season one of Hannah Montana! Parents should be pleased.
“I’m a Slave 4 U” featured a half naked Spears, dripping in sweat with a thong over her pants, and insanely sexy dance moves. Not to mention a Neptune produced track that exuded sex appeal. “Can’t Be Tamed” is catchy. It has an OK beat. But Miley is fully clothed, she’s not sweating, she doesn’t dance very much (or very well) and she never gets any part of her body licked by a dancer a la Spears. Instead she has feathers. And a museum. Both of which scream “wild” and “dangerous.” Oh how she can’t be tamed with her creepy bird’s nest!
Of course the biggest difference is that Spears was 22 when “Slave” came out. Cyrus is 17. And for a 17-year-old girl trying to streamline into the adult music scene, this was actually very appropriate (This is about as dangerous as Spears got at 17 too. Remember?).
Will Miley’s attempt to be adult work? Who knows. Feathers were never the equivalent of independence in my high school. It may have been more effective to nix the nest and strip in the cage in front of 40-something men before setting a fire and rolling around with two sweaty male dancers. That’s what Britney Spears would do!
But Miley Cyrus is still a kid. She’s trying to be sexy and controversial. And for once, it didn’t work. Perhaps she tried too hard? Maybe we’re just done with being shocked by Miley? Maybe she should have taken off her make-up, put on khaki pants, a blouse, and glasses to shock us?
What do you think about “Can’t Be Tamed?” Boring or brilliant? Is Miley an adult now or still just a teen? Should parents be mad? Personally I’d prefer some buzz about the upcoming “Alejandro” video or Beyonce’s “Why Don’t You Love Me?”
Here’s the video. Yawn.