Miley Cyrus: Tool of the Left Wing Establishment?
By Allison Stewart
Earlier this week, conservative website Big Hollywood published the most fascinating Miley Cyrus takedown in the long history of Miley Cyrus takedowns. Written by Brian Cherry, awesomely titled "Remember the Maines: Is Miley Cyrus the Next Leftist Trojan Horse Into Country Music?" the piece can, and really should, be read in its entirety.
Its basic argument holds that Miley Cyrus could corrupt country music, (should she ever develop an interest in its existence), because she has un-American values, and her theoretical success as a country artist could pave the way for other liberal types to conquer Nashville.
The piece has provoked a lot of eye-rolling throughout the blogosphere, and while you could drive a semi-tanker through the holes in its logic (for one thing, Cherry seems tragically unaware of the existence of "Party in the U.S.A."), its ideas deserve an airing.
Let's unpack them!
(Read more, after the jump.)
Liberals are angry and smell. They want to take over the radio airwaves, but have been unable to do so in the popular talk and Christian formats. "Country is a family friendly format they still think they have a chance of corrupting," Cherry argues, "and Miley Cyrus may be their perky little Trojan horse into that industry."
Advantage: Cyrus. No one really cares about radio anymore.
Cyrus is Disney-approved and "seemingly harmless." But! "[H]er image is a well manufactured myth and the truth is that this young lady brings an entire suitcase of San Francisco values," Cherry argues. Once Cyrus becomes a country sensation, it's Katy-bar-the-door, because "shrill" Natalie Maines types can now follow her lead.
Advantage: Cyrus, unless Cherry has some sort of time machine. Maines has been famous since Cyrus was five years old.
Miley has done some not-so-wholesome things (the Vanity Fair photo shoot, et al). She may call herself a Christian, which is "the official religion of the entire industry," according to Cherry, but she read about Buddhism one time, and likes Michelle Obama. Both these things are un-Christian.
Advantage: Cyrus. Come on.
Cyrus may not demonstrate any interest in being a country star now, but she will eventually, because Nashville is where all the washed-up pop singers go, and her father will help her.
Advantage: Cherry. This could totally happen.
If Cyrus does want country stardom, elite media types in league with Saul Alinsky will embrace her like they did the Dixie Chicks, who everybody else hates, by the way. That said, "there is probably no conspiracy to use her in this way," admits Cherry, rendering the whole theory of his piece, that there is a conspiracy to use her in this way, moot.
Advantage: Cyrus. For the first time ever, we actually feel sorry for her.
April 23, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
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