Miley Cyrus, you just spoke out about the intense criticism of your VMAs twerking in a revealing new interview with ‘Rolling Stone.’ You were subject to a torrent of nasty remarks about your joint performance with Robin Thicke. However, there was no negative backlash against Robin; only you — the female partner in the act.
Miley Cyrus — you deserve a high-five for speaking the uncomfortable truth about your Robin Thicke VMAs performance! You were dismayed with the tweeters and media commenters who dissed and mocked you for your sexy twerking at the VMAs, and you called them out for having a “double standard” in your Rolling Stone cover interview.
Miley Cyrus: Criticism Of VMAs Twerking Wouldn’t Happen If She Were A Man
Miley, in your interview, you noted how sexist it is that not one word has been said about Robin and his part in your controversial dance together.
“No one is talking about the man behind the a**. It was a lot of ‘Miley Twerks on Robin Thicke,’ but never, ‘Robin Thicke Grinds Up on Miley,’” you told the magazine. “So obviously there’s a double standard.”
You know, Miley, you’re absolutely right. Just because you’re a woman — and a young and beautiful woman at that — you’re on the receiving end of different treatment than any man would get. When women are comfortable with their sexuality, and are having fun with it , they’re not taken seriously. But when a man exploits his sexuality as part of being an entertainer, it’s applauded.
Miley Cyrus: You’re Right — Backlash Over Your VMAs Performance Amounts To A ‘Double Standard’
Just think about Channing Tatum, 33, and Matthew McConaughey, 43, who portrayed male strippers in the 2012 hit summer movie Magic Mike. Did any media take them to task for showing off their perfect abs and pecs or for their highly suggestive stripper dancing in the film? Absolutely not. In fact, men had nothing to say, and women hooted and hollered while they watched Channing and Matthew strip down in movie theaters. They were applauded for good-naturedly exploiting their own very on-display sex appeal.
And how about actor Scott Eastwood‘s recent Town & Country topless photo shoot that was so popular it hit Google Trends for two days in a row. Scott, the son of Clint Eastwood, wows women with his chiseled chest and I heard no outcry on any front about his manly sexuality being over the top. Furthermore, Town & Country‘s feature story about Scott very much focused on his serious acting chops, soon to be seen in the new war movie drama, Fury, in which he stars alongside the original poster boy for topless hunky men in Thelma & Louise, Brad Pitt. No one mocked Brad Pitt either, for going topless. Hmm. Do I sense another example of the double standard?
Then there’s all those infamous firefighter calendars that women love to buy. Firemen heroes are never the victims of any critiques, even though they’re putting their bodies and sexuality on display — sometimes for charity, but sometimes not.
But back to Robin Thicke. He had a huge summer with the success of “Blurred Lines,” and wasn’t his hit song promoted with a video that showed Robin surrounded by nearly-naked women dancing provocatively? I don’t think I heard any criticism about him exploiting either his own or their sexuality. But again, he’s a man — not a woman!
Miley, I think you’re absolutely right for having pointed out your dissers for using the female double standard to attack you. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller