Why is it that we always have to go from this:to this:
Deep Sigh. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. My almost 8 year old daughter is a big Hannah Montana fan. She is not obsessive like some girls, but she likes her music, reads her books, and watches her show. I am very vigilant about the TV shows and movies that my kids watch and have treaded very carefully with this particular one because, Hannah/Miley is a teenager and her show is starting to deal with boyfriends and kissing. Thankfully, Lindsey is repulsed by that stuff and will turn it off without me having to say a word. And I'm not kidding. As the parent of a targeted fan, I now have the above picture to contend with. As the parent of the star, Billy Ray Cyrus should be ashamed at permitting his underage daughter, whose legions of fans still believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus, to be photographed without a shirt, draped in satin, in a provocative pouty pose. When you agree to a photo shoot with one of the edgiest, albeit talented, photographers alive in a magazine that is geared toward adults, not the mouseketeers, you're putting your child at risk. The only clothing Miley should have been permitted to remove were her shoes and socks. Psst. Here's a little secret, if ya keep your clothes on, you can't get into trouble. Period. Alas, we find out today, that Ms. Cyrus and her parents are embarrassed by the photo. My guess is that the Disney marketing machine realized that their billion dollar marquee brand, known as Hannah Montana, might be at risk when they caught sight of it. To quote one of Hannah's trademark phrases, "Ya think?" Do I think this was a misstep? Absolutely. Do I think Miley Cyrus is headed down the Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears path. No. But I blame her parents for not protecting her. They know better. This is business, and she is the best selling product out there right now. Everyone wants a piece of her including the likes of Vanity Fair. The Cyrus's pride themselves on Miley being a role model for pre-pubescent girls all over the world. How they respond and rebound from this will be very telling. We are either headed down the crazy Jessica/Ashlee Simpson path with a father who was previously a youth pastor now turned major exploiter of his grown daughters, or the Cyrus's can be who I think they are and handle this misstep with grace, not blame, and continue to blaze the trail for modesty, respect, and decency. It's sad that her parents have put her in the position of potentially crushing under the pressure of businessmen who care more about the product Hannah Montana than the young girl, Miley Cyrus, who made the product so successful. We've seen it happen before. Shame on all of them.