Music & Culture
Is It Ego or Insecurity that Guides Miley Cyrus?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | September 13, 2011
Have you seen Miley Cyrus’ music video, “Who Owns My Heart?” You can see it below. Recently, one of our readers prompted us to watch it. She wrote, “So sad that [Cyrus] feels that she has to behave that way to sell music!”
The video was released last year and includes scenes with Cyrus on a bed, dancing on a table, grinding with a crowd on a dance floor and flaunting her legs in a limo. The dress of choice is mainly underwear and she sports a sexy disheveled hairstyle.
As I watched this video, I felt both joy and sadness. Joy for the gift she has been given — her voice, her charisma, her opportunity — and sadness for the way she is using it.
1 Peter 4:10 -As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Then, I wondered why young celebrities throw their modesty out the window and present themselves in such suggestive ways for money and fame. I came up with two main reasons: ego and insecurity.
Ego can lead a person to do things in a desperate attempt to remain the center of attention. There was a time when it was all about Miley Cyrus. Well, now everyone is talking about Selena Gomez. After Gomez (whom you may have noticed is slowly undergoing her own transition), there will be a new attraction and then another and another. It will never end. In the meantime, many of those that came before will do everything they can to be in the spotlight for as long as possible, even if it’s done in a shameful way. The ego leads many to destruction.
If it’s Cyrus’ insecurities that guide her, then I’m guessing it’s because of the same reason as her ego. She’s insecure about new talent entering the celebrity scene behind her. The new talent is fresher, and in an attempt to stay in the spotlight, she needs to reinvent herself so the eyes and fans don’t leave her.
It’s such an old school belief that you need to shed clothes and be provocative to remain interesting. I mean, I’m sure she has gained a lot of new fans, but let’s be honest about who the majority of these fans are.
I honestly don’t know the reason why celebrities use their bodies to determine their worth. All I know is that this type of behavior does not glorify God or justify His unconditional love for all of us.
I pray that God opens Cyrus’ eyes to her destructive behavior. I pray for all artists who resort to sexualizing themselves in a desperate attempt to stay popular.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 -What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Do you think Miley Cyrus would be just as successful if she were modest?