Bangerz: Recent interest in Miley Cyrus sparks contrasting viewpoints

Hailey McEntee, Bridget Howard and Maddie Davis, Co-Editor & Staff Writers

Miley Cyrus’s new album “Bangerz” was released on Oct. 8

Track List:
1. Adore You
2. We Can’t Stop
3. SMS (Bangerz) feat. Britney Spears
4. 4×4 feat. Nelly
5. My Darlin’ feat. Future
6. Wrecking Ball
7. Love, Money, Party feat. Big Sean
9. Drive
10. FU feat. French Montana
11. Do My Thang
12. Maybe You’re Right
13. Someone Else

In all honesty, I was pretty worried about what crazy, rebellious songs Miley would come up with for this album. However, it took me by surprise that this album actually is really good.
“Bangerz” is Miley’s fifth number-one album throughout her career.
There’s a great mix of upbeat and slower songs.
My personal favorites from the album are “#GETITRIGHT,” “Do My Thang,” “Drive” and “Maybe You’re Right.” “#GETITRIGHT” and “Do My Thang” are catchy tunes that will get stuck in your head for days. “Drive” and “Maybe You’re Right” are emotional songs — probably having to do with her recent breakup with Liam Hemsworth — that will put you on the edge of tears, but they’re beautiful and really show how much talent Miley has.
Overall, this album exceeded the expectations I had for it and changed my opinions on her a little bit.

Review by Hailey McEntee.

Staffer argues in favor of Miley Cyrus’s artistic actions
Miley Cyrus.
The sweet Miley Ray from the hit TV series “Hannah Montana.”
She was in love with Jake Ryan.
She sang songs about East Northumberland High.
She was every little girl’s role model.
The not-so-sweet Miley Cyrus on TV twerking at the VMAs.
Miley started her acting and musical career when she was 11 years old.
Her life was practically planned out for her: Her dad wrote her songs, Disney advertised her on every billboard possible and she just had to stand there and smile.
Every aspect of her life was set for her, and she just had to play the part.
When I was 8, Hannah Montana was an idol — not only for me, but for all girls my age to admire.
Miley was so down-to-earth that every little girl felt they could relate to her.
She was perfect to them.
Her hair.
Her clothes.
Her music.
What was there not to like about her?
Absolutely nothing.
At least not until the 2013 VMAs.
At a glance, her performance included her being half-naked, dancing in a provocative way and showing everyone a new suggestive side to the “Smiley Miley” we had all grown up to love.
She was the girl, not so little anymore, who left the viewers in disbelief.
Especially the parents of little girls who idolized Miley.
Who would want to see an artist their children worshiped twerking and showing half her butt on stage?
Personally, I thought it was genius.
Her goal was to put on a performance that people would talk about for days.
And let me tell you, her goal was accomplished.
It was talked about for weeks.
The video of her performance went viral, and I, alongside millions of others, desperately searched YouTube for it.
Miley wanted to show America she wasn’t the cute-as-a-button little girl from Disney anymore.
That message definitely came through loud and clear.
Miley Cyrus is an artistic and creative woman.
Notice how I said woman?
That’s what everyone needs to realize.
Miley wants to break from that innocent little girl she portrayed on Hannah Montana.
She wants to go “Bangerz” and let loose.
Her songs, appearance and personality together changed for a reason.
For once, finally she can do what she wants.
This is the real Miley.

Story by Bridget Howard. 

Staffer deems Miley Cyrus bad influence on audience; people must- reconsider her as role model
Nobody saw it coming.
I, along with everyone else watching the 2013 VMAs, sat in shock and disbelief as Miley Cyrus, former Disney channel star, twerked half-naked on stage.
I almost didn’t believe it was happening.
I understand she maybe wants to come off as being more mature, but this is the absolute, completely wrong way of going about it.
Or, maybe she just wants attention.
Sure, she got the attention, but it’s not the kind most people would want.
Frankly, I find it ridiculous that people still look up to her.
I can’t believe she is still considered a role model.
If you looked up “role model” in a thesaurus, Miley Cyrus would be an antonym.
Some might say celebrities who start changing their personality and acting crazy can’t help it because they were forced to be an adult while they were still a child.
These same people also might say that the breakdown of a celebrity only seems like a big deal because he or she is in the spotlight.
Well, alright, let me put it this way.
Imagine that girl in your school who everyone likes and looks up to.
She’s sweet, has a ton of friends and seems to be down-to-earth all the time.
Then, imagine her suddenly coming to school wearing a nude colored bra and spandex that are a bit too small.
Imagine her posting videos online of herself twerking with nothing, excuse me, not very much clothing on.
Imagine her completely changing herself from how she used to be.
Or maybe I should use the word degrading herself.
This girl and Miley Cyrus are doing the exact same things — degrading themselves.
And yes, Miley is doing it in plain view of the public, but so is this girl.
Miley just happens to be doing it in front of everyone in the nation instead of just in a small town.
I also understand everything in her life was planned out for her, and this is maybe her way of initiating a “rebellion” of sorts.
However, couldn’t she go about it in a different way?
Swinging naked on a wrecking ball in a music video isn’t going to make me think anyone is more adult-like.
In fact, in my opinion, it’s a very childish way of going about things.
Cue whiny voice: “But I’m Miley Cyrus, and I don’t want to be a kid anymore, so I’m going to act inappropriate so people will think I’m older.”
Sounds pretty similar to a temper-tantrum to me.
She’s basically coming off in exactly the opposite way than she wants to.
I realize I can’t change your opinion with just this short, 470-word article.
Yet, I’m hoping those who still see Miley as a role model will think twice about who they look up to.

Story by Maddie Davis.