Chiming In on the Recent Hannah Montana “Scandal”

Last week I was driving from one job to the next listening to Talk of the Nation on NPR. They were talking about Miley Cyrus and her photo session with Vanity Fair magazine and famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz. And they kept talking and talking and talking about it. All I could think was, “Wow. This photo must be pretty bad for NPR to be so upset about it.” They are not exactly known for their conservative mindset.

The host of the show asked one of the commentators who was to blame for this photo shoot and I thought she made a great point in her answer. She explained that the problem is in the hands of the adults who were in charge and felt it acceptable to ask a 15 year old girl to pose in such a fashion. Should Hannah Montana have known better? Maybe. Should her parents have been there to protect her? Definitely. Should any adult – artist or not – ask a child to pose for such photos? Absolutely not.

One caller on the show said she didn’t see anything wrong with the photos, that they reminded her of “18th Century portrait art.” The problem with this is that most of Hannah Montana’s fans are not familiar with 18th Century portrait art and all they see is Miley Cyrus wrapped up in a bed sheet with her back exposed.

I don’t know much about Miley Cyrus. She seems like a sweet girl…not really a Lindsey or Britney type. But there is something about our culture that would love to see her fall into the same category as other teen stars. I highly doubt that Vanity Fair was surprised by the uproar these photos cause; my guess is that it was their intent to gain this attention and thus, sell more magazines. Because it really is all about money.

I am sure growing up in the spotlight is difficult but all of this just reminds me that being a teenage girl is difficult. So many mixed messages, so much pressure to be “perfect”. I often tell people, “There is not enough money you could pay me to go back to high school.” I’ve had perfectly beautiful girls tell me how fat they think they are and heard terrible stories about how girls talk about and treat each other. The message I want to communicate to girls is that they are made in the image of God and He is a God who loves and accepts them. It does not really matter who rejects us because we are accepted by the creator of the universe. Such a simple message but it is so hard to wrap our minds around when everything around us is telling us differently.

Anyways, those are just my thoughts. I would love to hear any thoughts anyone else has on how to deal with this and also, any Christian books that deal with the subject. I’ve yet to find any good ones.

Links:
Here is the Talk of the Nation segment I mentioned.
The Body Project – a fascinating book I read in college on the history of female adolescence in America. You are welcome to borrow my copy if you are interested.

If I Was on American Idol…

Last night, the contestants from American Idol were asked to sing a song from their year of birth. Dan and I opened up iTunes last night to see what songs were released in 1982 (D) and 1983 (K). We (well, maybe more “I”) scrolled through the list of songs and kept clicking on the 30 seconds clips saying, “Oh, I would totally sing this one!”

Here are a few I chose from 1983:
Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers
Faithfully by Journey
Africa by Toto

For Dan, I think these choices from 1982 would be good:
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls
Don’t Stop Believin’ or Open Arms by Journey

As for last night, I still think Brooke White is awesome. I was actually pretty upset last week when she didn’t do all that well. I voted for her a ridiculous amount of times last night. I also think Syesha is great.

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My Favorite

I’m a big fan of American Idol. This season I like Carly Smithson, Michael Johns, and David Archuleta. But my absolute favorite (and if you know me you could probably guess) is BROOKE WHITE! I am easily won over by an earthy girl who sings Carol King and Carly Simon songs. Enjoy!

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I Heart Coach Taylor

D and I have Netflix and he suggested a while ago that we check out the tv show, Friday Night Lights. I was skeptical. I mean, I see enough sports in my house anyways…did I really want to watch a tv show about football? The answer was: Yes! This show is so great but not very many people are watching it. D and I especially love the dynamics between Coach Taylor and his wife.

Right now, you can watch all of Season 1 and Season 2 online. And since there is literally nothing on right now because of the writer’s strikes, I recommend checking this show out.

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