It’s gotten to the point where all you have to do is mention Miley Cyrus’ name — even the first syllable or sometimes just the M sound — and the person you’re talking to will immediately have a response. Even if that response is just an eye roll, which if we’re being honest it usually is. At least, based on my experience spending time with my own eyeballs and making those eyeballs read articles about Miley Cyrus. Articles like this new one in Harper’s Bazaar. Even though Anna Wintour and her icy bob gave a firm “no thank you” to Miley regarding her being on the cover of Vogue, she’s welcome at the Bazaar, probably because her behavior embodies the very definition of that word’s homophone.
Miley’s proving herself to be the new Gwyneth Paltrow when it comes to giving instantly classic quotes in interviews, but in this case, everything that comes out of her mouth sounds like it was constructed on a PR assembly line in a factory somewhere. Take this gem about how none of us will ever be as “fashion” as she is.
“I feel like every girl is trying to have a beauty shot and prove that they’re ‘fashion.’ But I can be in white leggings and a white sports bra and I’m on a whole other level of shit that those girls don’t even get yet because they don’t know how to do it.”
Well it’s clear that modesty hasn’t been worked into her PR brain chip yet. I guess they’re still working out the kinks. But I think the question we all have to ask now is when will this calculated controversy end? Will she ever get tired of the constant, self-admitted manipulation of fame? Or has it gotten to the point where she just believes it now? Like in all those ’90s teen movies where the people pretend to date each other and then it becomes a real thing. Is it getting to the point where there’s no calculation or premeditation involved at all and she actually believes in all this? When will someone come up with a Being John Malkovich-style experiment where regular civilians can spend a few hours in Miley Cyrus’ brain and get some insight into who and what and where and when and why she is? Once that’s a thing, sign me up as the first volunteer.
(Image: Terry Richardson, Harper’s Bazaar)