Another One Bites The Dust

For those of you who don’t know, Miley Cyrus has just come out with a new video – “Can’t Be Tamed.” Good girl gone bad. Typical Hollywood story. Seriously Hollywood? Do something different. Stop influencing girls to turn into seductive temptresses. The Internet has enough soft porn on it; try a different marketing scheme. This one’s old.

Once again, the girls of America will catch the underlying message of, “This is what I have to be to turn heads.” I’m assuming that nearly half (if not more) of today’s teens and young adults will fall in love with this song. Why? Because it talks about the wild child in all of us. Here are the lyrics, and then my commentary..

I can get a bit crazy
Have to get my way
24 hours a day
Cause I’m hot like that
Every guy everywhere
Just gives me mad attention
Like I’m under inspection
I always get til 10
Cause I’m built like that

I go through guys like money
Flyin’ out their hands
They try to change me
But they realize they can’t
And maybe tomorrow is
A day I never planned
If you’re gonna be my man understand

I can’t be tamed
I can’t be saved
I can’t be blamed
I can’t, can’t
I can’t, can’t be tamed
I can’t be changed
I can’t be tamed
I can’t be (can’t be)
I can’t be tamed

If there’s a question about my intentions
I’ll tell ya
I’m not here to sell ya
Or tell ya to go to hell
I’m like a puzzle but
All my pieces are jagged
If you can understand this
We can make some magic
I’m on like that

I wanna fly I wanna drive I wanna go
I wanna be a part of somethin’ I don’t know
And if you try to hold me back I might explode
Baby by now you should know

I can’t be tamed
I can’t be saved
I can’t be blamed
I can’t, can’t
I can’t, can’t be tamed
I can’t be changed
I can’t be tamed
I can’t be (can’t be)
I can’t be tamed

I’m not a trick you play
I’m wired a different way
I’m not a mistake
I’m not a fake
It’s set in my DNA
Don’t change me
Don’t change me
Don’t change me
Don’t change me
(I can’t be tamed)

I wanna fly I wanna drive I wanna go
I wanna be a part of somethin’ I don’t know
And if you try to hold me back I might explode
Baby by now you should know

I can’t be tamed
I can’t be saved
I can’t be blamed
I can’t, can’t
I can’t, can’t be tamed
I can’t be changed
I can’t be tamed
I can’t be (can’t be)
I can’t be tamed

Here we go.

“I can get a bit crazy.. Have to get my way.. 24 hours a day.. Cause I’m hot like that.. Every guy everywhere.. Just gives me mad attention.. Like I’m under inspection.. I always get til 10.. Cause I’m built like that..I go through guys like money.. Flyin’ out their hands.. They try to change me.. But they realize they can’t.. And maybe tomorrow is.. A day I never planned..If you gonna be my man understand.. I can’t be tamed..”

Any Type A, headstrong girl with even a hint of a wild side in her will love and relate to this song. Congratulations Miley. You’ve written a song that encourages girls to be selfish, egotistical, and rebellious. First of all – If you have to go from sweet to scandalous, chances are your career was never that musically strong or grounded to begin with. It’s probably safe to say that your persona was being followed more than your talent, or lack thereof.

She says, “I go through guys like money” obviously trying to find a guy who won’t change her. This seems like an .. understandable .. thing, but it’s rather immature. If this new video was a stunt to show she’s “more mature,” it failed. Epically. At least it failed for those who walk in faith. And before I get harped on for talking about faith, please read..

In a 2007 interview, Miley Cyrus said that her faith is “the main thing” in her life, and (sounding like her father) she told USA Today that God wants her to be a “light, a testimony” in Hollywood (“Miley Cyrus Fulfills Her Destiny,” USA Today, January 1, 2007).

Read more at Suite101: Is Miley Cyrus a Christian?: The Faith of the Star of Disney Channel’s Hit Show Hannah Montana http://protestantism.suite101.com/article.cfm/is_miley_cyrus_a_christian#ixzz0n1Js1K5o

I’m not exactly sure this video help that whole “being a light” image. Christians aren’t sinless. There isn’t one that is. However, I’m going to put my foot down on this one. This was entirely preventable. Miley, you’ve let those of us who saw you as a decent role model for younger girls down. In fact, I would never EVER recommend Miley Cyrus as a respectable celebrity ever again. She’s lost all credit in my book.

From a Christian perspective, change is imminent if one is going to stop “going through guys like money.” Yes, get over it America, you’ll have to change pieces of who you are for relationships. Why? Because God better be changing you to prepare you for marriage. I know that there is NO WAY I could ever enter a marriage being who I am right now. Certain things will have to change. What specifically? The part of me that can relate VERY closely to this song. This song could very well be my personal anthem, but instead it sickens me because she’s embracing this as a good thing. Rebelling and “going against the grain” is only good when you’re standing up for something. Standing up for being “who you are” is a load of crap in this case. Let me reiterate that: It’s a load of crap. She’s standing up for not being changed. In what sense? You won’t let go of your wild side? You won’t submit to someone because you’re too stubborn and selfish to admit that YOUR ways might be wrong? Oh cool. Yeah. That screams maturity. If she can’t be changed, then clearly everything she does is correct. I’m just so sick of songs like this for so many reasons!

Let me make all of this a bit more personal..
One of the main reasons I absolutely hate this song is because of how closely I can relate to it. It’s taking a lot of self control to not buy this song off iTunes. Anyone who knows me would agree with what I’ve said entirely. I thrive on not being tamed.. and it’s something I struggle heavily with. It’s been a battle since high school. The song on my senior video is “Wild One” by Faith Hill. I can remember talking with Dave one night and telling him that I never wanted to lose the edge that I have. Settling down means losing a certain level of excitement.. but it also means entering into a completely DIFFERENT level of excitement.  My fear is a very shallow one: losing the edge, losing the appeal, losing the enticement. However, when I’m 50, if I’m still seeking that out, chances are I’m the most immature 50 year old ever. In essence, I’m afraid of not being young forever. Being unwilling to be “tamed” or to “change” means you’re unwilling to grow up. Period.

Here’s the thing: If you’re going to make the claim that your faith is the most important thing in your life, then live like it. Don’t write a song about how you should have your way all the time and then claim to follow Christ. For those of you who say I’m being too harsh, please – just shut up for a minute. I know I’m pushing the envelope, but I’m so disgusted with celebrities claiming Christ and then pulling a stunt like this. If you have a problem, a struggle, whatever, that’s fine. Just own up to it. Don’t try to make it look “hot” and dress it up so you can fit Hollywood’s definition of cool. If you REALLY want to stand out, then don’t do what everyone else has succumbed to. Stand for something. Put some clothes on. Tell girls it’s okay to be afraid of being tamed, but that it’s a sign of growth to sort of “tame the beast.” I know there is a side of me that will never calm down because it’s God-given; the desire to never put down roots, to always be on-the-go, getting to know God’s people, doing ministry everywhere that I can, to fearlessly pursue what he has planned for me.. THAT’S the wild child I shouldn’t ever let go of. Miley has the same side; I hope she discovers it.

Should I ever reach my dream of a famous recording artist, you’re hearing it here first: I will NOT fall to Hollywood’s schemes. I will set an example for young women, and I will live out my faith fearlessly, even if that means not being at the top of the charts all the time. I don’t sing for my own glory anyway. Do I want to be in the lime light? You bet. Why? Because I’m sick & tired of girls looking to promiscuous women for their role models. I want them to look to Christ first, and look to the Christian women around them in their local churches second. I’m so tired of the voice of reason being choked back by what’s “in.” I’m tired of girls being led down the wrong path. Real women stand up for what’s right, even if it isn’t what’s popular.

-steps down off of soapbox-
-screams into a pillow-

Okay. I’m done.

Pray on friends. Pray for those in Hollywood. Pray HARD. And pray viciously.

Matthew 11:12
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

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3 thoughts on “Another One Bites The Dust

  1. Quite good. I’m going to have a thing or two to say about this soon. Stay tuned!
    :)

  2. Hannah says:

    Thanks.. Just letting culture know that it’s typically wrong in its beliefs. Let’s just be honest..

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