It explains accurately how it feels to experience a relationship break up. The hurt, the vulnerability, the anger and the overwhelming desire to beat the crap out of them. You were so willing to love them. You had so much love to give and gave it willingly. You won't make that mistake again. Next time you'll hold back. You will never forgive them for that. They got the best of you and they took it for granted and broke you. The worst part of all is that there is still a lust there, still a longing. As much as you hate yourself for it, you still want them.
I think Miley's new video is beautiful. I think she does well. She has a lot of emotion to offer. And she emotes well.
Sure she gets naked and yes she rides the wrecking ball naked. But is that really so wrong? If she was a curvy chick we'd all be saying "Good on ya girl! What great body confidence!" But because she is skinny she is a "skank" and a "bad role model"? How is that fair? Is nudity not beautiful? Is body confidence not encouraged for young, thin girls? I think the nudity shows vulnerability in this context. The lustful groping of the wrecking ball chain symbolises to me the lustful desire for someone/thing that has caused her pain. Even the licking of the sledge hammer (which I must admit I at first found a little vulgar, I mean who knows where it's been, right?) is emotionally and symbolically valid. Above all, the collection of imagery paints a beautiful picture of feminine heart break and emotion. As a video, and even as a song, I like it. It's artistic, watch-able and I can relate to it.
However, that being said, I am unsure about what kind of influence this video would have on Miley's Hannah Montana fans. Would they be confused? Perhaps. Would the be influenced? Highly likely. Would I, if I had daughters let them watch the clip? I'm not sure. I did let my 5 year old son watch it over my shoulder for a few seconds, until she started licking the sledge hammer and riding the wrecking ball, then I paused it. I'm not sure why though. It just gave me a weird feeling in my tummy letting him watch it. I guess it was ahead of his years. He wouldn't understand the context, so it would confuse him. So I guess no, I wouldn't let my potential daughters watch it. Funnily enough though, my son didn't comment on the naked lady on the ball, nope, as we have a naked house he probably wouldn't even blink at a naked lady. The thing he was confused about was..."Mum, is she hungry? Why is she eating that dirty hammer?" So clearly the hammer licking thing grossed him out too!
We do tend to put a lot of pressure on creative people these days. Especially young musicians who were once child stars of tweenage shows. We seem to think that by being cast in a T.V show that they suddenly have an obligation to behave the way we want them to in order to show our kids right from wrong. When they decide to grow in to their own person and make their own creative choices we think we have a right to say "Hey, what are you doing? You are being slutty! What will little Suzie think? Do you want little Suzie to become a porn star? Is that what you want Miley?" When who's to say that is what Miley thinks she is doing at all. For all we know, Miley is just creating a piece of art and being herself.
I think it is important for parents to educate their kids to understand the difference between real life and art. Films and music videos are not real. They are a farce. The beauty. The anger. The love. All of it is smoke and mirrors. When they don't realise that, that is where problems start.
Michael Hann of The Guardian writes of Miley's new Video: "Cyrus does send a message: that the best way for young women to be noticed is to sexually objectify themselves. And, in this case – sadly – it seems to have worked."
I'm unsure if I agree with Hann's statement. I would like to think that Miley is not sexually objectifying herself in this video. Well what is sexually objectifying yourself anyway? I mean if you give some some guys a boner because of they way you look, is that your fault? If you arouse people, should you be dammed? That seems a little backward. If you are comfortable with your body and other people like looking at it, should you cover it up, just to make sure you don't offend people? Is that what we are saying here? Sounds a little silly, huh?
I hope Miley's intention with this video was to tell a story of heartbreak through the mediums of music and film. I hope wholeheartedly that her objective with this video was not just to get noticed, using her naked body to do so. I hope the nudity was her idea and not that of the video's director Terry Richardson. I truly hope it was done for a creative reason.