Ask Miley. Or Don’t.
|by Zoe Sandvig|
"I want to be a role model," Miley Cyrus told the L.A. Times. "And my job is to be a role model. But that shouldn't require me to be a parent. I'm going to make mistakes. While your kids are growing up, I have to grow up too."
Jesus loves you and your partner and wants you to know how much he cares! That's like a daddy not loving his lil boy cuz he's gay and that is wrong and very sad! Like I said everyone deserves to be happy. I am a Christian and I love you — gay or not. Because you are no different [than] anyone else! We are all God's children!
Of course, at this, everyone's hands fly in the air. Here we go! Another teen star gone south (or, at least, liberal). Another one who's lost forever.
Since when did we ask the 16-year-olds in our lives--pop star or not--to offer an authoritative opinion on gay marriage, or really anything, for that matter? Furthermore, Miley's comment to Hilton was not offered in an official interview or public statement. It was over Twitter!
Now, I'm not saying that I agree with Miley's position or that she should have offered it. I am saying that we ought to examine whether a Twitter sent from a teenager ought to achieve newsworthy status, and whether we ought to give gravitas to a 16-year-old's opinion on the issue anyway. Nor can we conclude that this opinion is Miley's hard and fast stance on the issue from now until the grave. She's 16, folks.
I just took an 11-year-old friend to see Miley's new movie (yes, I was silently kicking and screaming), Hannah Montana: The Movie, and walked away pleasantly surprised. It was a girl-rediscovers-her-roots-and-what-matters-most-in-life saga. Nothing too profound. Mostly edifying and family-promoting.
Like Miley of the movie, real-life Miley is living out the bumps and inconsistencies of a teenage-hood. In my opinion, she's a wholesome girl, a little naive and unthoughtful, who has a long way to go in growing up, like she, herself, puts it.
Let's give her the space to do that!
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