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Is It Ego or Insecurity that Guides Miley Cyrus?

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?

Image: gossipberry.com


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  1. bbgirl2000

    Posted by bbgirl2000 on June 3, 2014 at 15:18

    I never really watched Hannah Montana. Now my sis watches it on Netflix, and its hard to imagine that little show of innocence as the twerk queen of America. Its rather wierd

  2. Em91181223

    Posted by Em91181223 on February 23, 2013 at 19:12

    I looked up to her when I was younger and Hannah Montana was still on. Ever since the Can’t Be Tamed video came out and she started to wear immodest clothing, I don’t. It’s so Disappointing.

  3. Hockeygirl

    Posted by Hockeygirl on October 2, 2012 at 16:05

    I used to love Miley Cyrus when I was younger and I am so disapointed to se the path she has taken. I also know that she used to talk openly about her Christian values and seems to have completely forgotten about her faith and how to use the talents that god has given her for good instead of the way she has used them to do Darin’s work. Please pray for her.

    • Hockeygirl

      Posted by Hockeygirl on October 2, 2012 at 16:07

      Sory I meant Satin’s work, not Darin’s work. Autocorrect.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by js1225 on June 15, 2012 at 14:34

    1. That jacket was ugly.
    2. So was her ‘naked fashion sense’.
    3. It is VERY clear who owns her heart. The press. Not God.
    4. Miley used to be SUCH a good role model but she’s messed herself up.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ishyn on June 15, 2012 at 12:32

    eep! this is really creepy. i didn’t know she does stuff like this….

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Attie the Jesus Freak on June 2, 2012 at 06:45

    I saw some EXTREMELY sexual things in that video. A guy putting his hand WAY uo her leg, another guy kissing her neck, and some other GROSS stuff. I used to LOVE her art and her voice, not anymore. She’s changed. And yes, she would go farther. She’s lost in this. If you want more proof go to youtube and search “The Climb Backwards” it’s sad. I agree about Selena, you should do an article on her transformation to! (sugggestion not demenad) I downloaded a song and had been listening to it for weeks, I loved the song…. until I slowed down and listened to the lyrics. She actual cussed! I deleted that song, I’m done with all of these celebrity role models, you are my role model Nicole.

  7. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on June 2, 2012 at 05:30

    Miley Cyrus is going to end up like Lindsy Lohan. one of my friends knew it from the start,and i knew it sence Hannah Montana has been off-air and her video for Can’t Be Tamed came out. Miley used to wear more modest clothes,but as the years went by she went from modest to skimpy,almost in a snap. i hate Cyrus’ outfit,i think it’s gross,and way to revealing. my mom always has me wear clothes that are modest and comfertable. V-necks have to have a tank-top under them,no shorts that go beyond Bermuda shorts (in other words,no short-shorts),no short skirt,dress have to come down to at least the knee,and no low rise jeans unless i have a long enough shirt to pair them with,and no tight jeans either. i have always followed these rules with little to no complaining. this is just gross,Miley Cyrus is going going to end up like Lindsey Lohan. i feel it.

  8. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on June 2, 2012 at 05:13

    this is disturbing.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bmac on May 30, 2012 at 21:26

    The look she has is really creepy… looks like she’s gonna jump outta the screen and go all ninja!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kinya10 on May 25, 2012 at 18:14

    This video disgusted me. I seriously wanted to puke. Why would anyone do that? I mean I know why but it’s just revolting. I’ve never liked Miley Cyrus because of this. I’ve heard a lot about it but this is the first time I’ve actually seen some of it. What kind of fans does she want? I am definitely not one of them.

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bmac on May 16, 2012 at 14:18

    i’m not sure the hair is sexy just messy!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Bmac on May 16, 2012 at 14:17

    this video creeped me out!

  13. theoutsidersgirl

    Posted by theoutsidersgirl on April 21, 2012 at 15:27

    honestly, i wish i could say she would still have as many fans. but in this day and age, if u aren’t sexy ur not good enough to most people. i hope this changes.

  14. dancing4Jesus

    Posted by dancing4Jesus on January 4, 2012 at 09:08

    i honestly think she would be just as famous is she stayed modest. she already had so many fans and she lost alot of them because of videos like this ( i am one of them

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by 7iluvanimals on December 14, 2011 at 21:13

    My grandmas friend is cousins with Miley Cyrus

  16. Posted by on November 18, 2011 at 07:15

    its called OUR GENERATION. just because were different it means were inappropriate. no screw that. I don’t even like miley’s music. but people like these reporters are the people who really give these celebs bad names by trying to point out “flaws”. shes just expressing herself through her music. Shes a human being just like you…but you dont see people writing articles about how you dress or act.

  17. Posted by on November 15, 2011 at 14:17

    The first word that came to mind the first few seconds into the video was ‘sex’. I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of her, but it’s sad to know that this is what is happening to her- and others. I admit I didn’t have the sound on (I’d rather not get this stuck in my head), but I was revolted to see this- even before the ‘dancing’. Little girls who followed her as Hannah Montanna could be following her still, leading to them seeing this. It’s sad that this is so real in the world.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by morgan_edwards on November 6, 2011 at 10:28

    I would suspect nothing less than this from Miley. I smelled this coming from a mile away. Like the dead skunk on the way to school. YUCK. The most disturbing thing about this video is the fact that she gets so close to GIRLS. Like, ew. I could’ve swore she was about to get it on with all of them. Gross.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on December 6, 2011 at 17:37

      I think she feels that being risky will increase her fan-base.

  19. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 17:39

    i like miley, she’s talented and loves god, however, she is stumbling like most teens will. however i think she’ll be ok.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by morgan_edwards on November 6, 2011 at 10:33

      I Corinthians 13:4-7

      “4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

  20. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 11:46

    It is sad how Miley her talent for bad… with so many younger girls that look up to her… I was so disgusted that I didn’t even watch the whole video!

  21. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 11:43

    To me, it is good that modesty is being talked about… But even the person who’s site this is doesn’t even dress modestly: In a lot of her photos Nicole is showing cleavage or her clothing is just plain too tight. This makes it way harder for our brothers in the Lord to stay pure– in love, just help them out by covering up and dressing beautifully, but purely

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by morgan_edwards on November 6, 2011 at 10:37

      I think the line on that issue can be blurry at times. She is a model, and some of those pictures are from the past before she became a Christian. She tells us over and over that she refuses to do swimsuit/lingerie advertisement and such. This is a girl website anyway. I doubt she is trying to tempt boys. With the clothes people sell nowadays, I am surprised at how fantastic she can stylishly dress herself and stay modest. (:

  22. Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 22:55

    I wouldnt justify her hair as “sex hair.” I think it’s gorgeous! I do agree tho, she’s changed alot & acts much more of a whore now. Just an example. My ex, when we were dating we were talking about miley cyrus. His exact words, & I quote: “She used to be so ugly but now that she’s a whore, God I’d just fuck the hell out of her.” Excuse the language but those were his exact words. She’s bringing a different miley out, one that isnt the real miley.

  23. Posted by on October 10, 2011 at 13:33

    oh my gosh! that video is absolutely revolting! its enough that she is doing provocative things, but the fact that a lot of it is with girls! DISGUSTING!!!!!!

  24. Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 12:54

    I don’t think it’s EVER wrong to wear your hair in a specific way. Like, everyone can define a hair style as ‘sexy’ or not, but I don’t think hair can make you want to have sex. But, everything else it right on track.: )

  25. Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 12:15

    I have to say that from what I’ve seen from the “new” Miley Cyrus that she is trying to be like Lady Gaga. She dances just like her, and it’s obvious that she is starting to lose her faith in God.

  26. Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 06:01

    My question is…. Who really owns her heart? In this Lady Gaga look-a-like video, it is made clear that Miley’s “heart” is not for God. It makes me so sad to see that beautiful young girls with God given talent fall to this world’s idea of beauty and self worth. I can think of several things wrong with this video. God is the only One who should have our heart. Yes, we are masterpieces but a masterpiece should be respected and treated with dignity. She was right when she said…”it’s hard to tell in the dark”. It’s hard to tell whats righteous and true when we are in the dark. God is light. Love between a man and woman are breathtaking and God’s Word tell us about that true love. But Miley’s song is confusing love with lust. You notice that she’s supposedly singing about maybe a guy but she is bumping, grinding, and groping many differnet people including girls (actually more contact with the girls than the guys). Just so so so sad to watch where Miley’s heart really is, who really has her heart! Praying for her, because young girls and women need better role models, but most of all God wants her heart.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by mc1207 on June 7, 2012 at 00:27

      I was JUST thinking that!! I was going to comment saying something along those lines (but shorter, not having really finished the thought).. anyway, thank you! You said it!!!! And then some! Definitely some great things to think about and pray on 🙂 <3

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by morgan_edwards on November 6, 2011 at 10:41

      AMEN! Couldn’t have said it any better myself.