Another day, another Billy Ray Cyrus attempt to defend? explain? rationalize? Miley‘s behavior. Guys, I’ll be honest — I don’t understand the first thing about this family. I get the impulse to stand by each other in support, and I get the impulse to give tell-all interviews kind of selling each other out, I just don’t totally grasp where and how those two overlap for the Cyrus family.
Because the thing is, I don’t really need to hear from Billy Ray Cyrus on the topic of Miley. You’re her dad, so unless instructed otherwise, I’m gonna assume that you love her and are proud of her no matter what. That’s kind of the definition of being a father. But I also find it incredibly hard to believe that you didn’t have any niggling feeling of awkwardness whatsoever while watching her rub her gyrating body down with a foam finger, hearing her admit to including lyrics about the drug molly in ‘We Can’t Stop’, or watching her slow-motion sail through the air while nakedly straddling a wrecking ball. I don’t buy that, because it made me uncomfortable, and I’ve never changed a single one of her diapers.
I understand the need to shelve some of your personal feelings a little bit when your daughter is famous, because celebrities end up having to take on a persona to keep the parts of their lives separate. But what I can’t wrap my brain around is your assertion that, as her father, that doesn’t make you the slightest bit uncomfortable, when crazies all over the internet were able to write out full diatribes about why it wasn’t even fit for the airways.
But Billy Ray continues to refuse to admit even a ‘yeah I mean it’s tough on an old dad sometimes, but I have to trust her judgement’, getting effusive recently in an interview with Piers Morgan, where he fails to convince me that he’s even spoken to her in the past year:
“She’s just Miley. She’s an artist. She’s real. I think that what’s happened over the years, Miley has been reinventing her sound. She’s evolving as an artist herself. I think that all of what everyone is calling controversy now, that’s still my Miley.”
Okay, but no one’s talking about her music. Her music is not the controversial thing here, and I don’t think that’s what anyone’s responding to. I just need you to stop pretending like it is, Billy Ray, or that all this erratic, meltdown-y behavior is just Miley caring about the music, like, really hard.
“Miley’s smart enough to know that to come out of the shadows of Hannah Montana, it really takes something extremely drastic, which when you go to that level, it creates passion, and passion is either love or hate. But there’s no middle of the road for passion. She has risen to a whole new level. I thought I had seen it all — until these last couple of weeks.”
Putting aside the whole drooling over her passion and commitment thing, I just have my fingers crossed that we’ve all seen it all at this point.