September 04, 2013
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MILEY Cyrus’s raunchy performance at last week’s MTV Video Music Awards has dashed her Disney image, and that’s why many people are so upset, says an Australian academic.
Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne, says Cyrus’s hip-thrusting, foam finger-humping performance was a calculated move to appeal to a new and different fan base.
She calls the display a “sexing-it-up rite of passage” in her latest opinion piece for The Conversation.
And this all-grown-up, twerking and tongue-twirling Miley is something Hannah Montana fans, and their parents, still can’t come to terms with.
And that’s why social media exploded over Miley’s nude underwear and not Lady Gaga’s seashell thong.
“Miley was a child star and that many in her audience are unable to let go of the image of her as Hannah Montana and thus the image of her in her underwear seems particularly controversial,” Dr Rosewarne told APN from the US.
Dr Rosewarne, who has written on the subjects of sexual perversion, gender and sexuality and the politics of popular culture, said Miley’s on-stage twerking with Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke would make for difficult dinner conversation.
“Certainly some people – some parents, notably – want Disney stars to stay forever young rather than having to have a potentially difficult conversation with their child as to why Hannah Montana is stripping on stage,” she said.