August 11th, 2009
05:55 PM ET

Miley Cyrus in booty shorts

When did kids stop being kids? And when in the world did parents stop being parents? Parenting is not about being your kid’s best friend. It’s about teaching them what is appropriate and what is not.

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In fact, I remember one particularly embarrassing time that my mom insisted on "doing the right thing" and you know what? Looking back, she was right.  It was my school Halloween party and all of my friends decided our theme was Disney characters. I decided to go with Jasmine from “Aladdin,” and my costume was pink, my favorite color.

Now if you have ever seen the movie you know that Jasmine has a bare midriff , but see, I was in 9th grade and all of about 15 years old at the time and there was no way on God’s green earth that my mother was letting me out of the house with my midriff showing.  She took me to the local dance store, bought a skin colored leotard and made me wear it under the costume.  I am pretty sure I wasn’t thrilled with her that night, and I was ridiculously hot in the school cafeteria, but you know what? I was 15 years old –- a child.  She was right: it would have been inappropriate to wear the costume as is.

All of that drama -– and trust me, at the time it was major drama - over a bare midriff.  It makes me wonder, what in the world Miley Cyrus’s mother was thinking letting her daughter get on stage at the Teen Choice Awards in booty shorts and high-heeled boots and dance around a pole? I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised; this is, after all, the girl who last year posed on the cover of Vanity Fair in nothing more than a sheet.  But my point in sharing the above story is this: a parent’s job is to teach.

When you are 14 to 17, you are too young to know what the right thing is to do in certain situations.  That is why your parents are there to guide you.  You may not like what they have to say – and parents, you may not like saying it, but it needs to be done.  Miley is still a CHILD.  A 16 year old girl should not be writhing around on a stage in booty shorts on a pole in front of other teens at an award show.

What kind of an example does it set for other kids?  And by her parents condoning it, what kind of example are they setting for other parents?

For a fired up debate on Miley Cyrus’s controversial pole dancing performance, tune into Showbiz Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN tonight.


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  3. aa

    I completely agree with you!! The way she dresses is completely innapropiate for her age, mostly because she's a role model for girls way younger than her. She's still a child and should act like that. I'm not saying she should wear really long skirts but please booty shorts in a TEEN choice awards?
    It's sad when walking in the mall you can see all these young girls (like 10-12) wearing extremely short shorts and tight tank tops.
    Also in her videos you can see her being touch by every dancer.. That's awful. What happenned to the sweet Hannah Montana everybody knew at the beginning.
    If she keeps acting this way and her parents let her, I hope I'm wrong, but she's probably going to end up like Brittany Spears.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. missy

    I understand that it her mother should not let her dress the way she does because she is a child, but that is the point! Miley is a child! it is a parent's responsibility to tell their child what they should be wearing, and if a parent allows their child to look up to someone who dresses like a ho then the parent should be responsible as well

    May 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SZ

    There are several disturbing comments about your column. For one, why should it be solely the mother's responsibility to ensure that her/his kid is following the best path? You keep on referring to Miley's mom when, for one, Dad is in the biz and therefore probably more of THE expert in the household. Secondly, not only are you referring to Mom but you also blame her as if the kid had no responsibility! Not sure about you, but as good a daughter as I was growing up, my mom surely was not totally in control and I surely got myself–albeit very rarely– in trouble. It was a learning experience.

    Finally, maybe bare midriff is considered inappropriate for you or your Mom's generation. But the rest of the world may not think the same way. Just ask any East Indian or Pakistani national.

    That said, I do agree that each thing ought to be done in its time. High heels, nightclub moves at 16 years-old is, in my opinion –and I engage only me– too young. As for "bad" role model effect, I believe that's where parenhood effectiveness starts. By discussing the topic with our kids –not censuring or criticizing the so-called "bad" role models– do we actually fulfill our parenting responsibilities.

    September 18, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dre dre

    personally, i think its sweet. i mean, the whole pole thing, yeah that was a little too whorish, but the shorts, i mean that's why we (teenage boys) enjoy looking at Miley Cyrus.

    September 14, 2009 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Niamh

    Get over yourselves honestly... she is 16 i am 17 no matter what age 16 17 18 you are exactally the same you experiment in different trends and styles... it is normal and very natural for a girl of any age to show her feministy.. all girls do it!! She is most defentaly not the only 16 year old going out in public with shorts on... and yes they are only shorts! She a 16 year old girl she is not going to listen to her dad going about what she is wearing.. what girl would ask there dad for there opinion on what hey are weaing.. none.!
    Also with all this contriversy about the poll... she stood holding on to it did not swing round it and miley also did not 'poll dance' because if you think she was you need to watch some poll dancing properly before you claiming that a 16 year old pop/child star is swingin round one!
    And all of this she wil end up like britney well in my prospetive the people who say that only want her to end up like that... so back off.. and get off miley's back....
    some children are angels towards their parents and lets just say its all an act... kids cant be kids forever...

    September 11, 2009 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. realred

    The first point, for me is the education recived in the school and of course un the home. When someone has recived a good education she/he is able to decide and identify what are the limits that shoudn't be crossed.
    I got to say thet i desagree with the concept "15-17 Child". Face the truth; a teen between 15-17 is NOT A CHILD is a person in growing, not a child but neither an complete adult. At that age dont tell me that you can't difference between right or wrong, beacause you are able. In this case Miley shows that is not necessary to be 18 to be enough old, and if you're concerned about one celebrity teen. Well, "adolescense was already existed before Miley Cyrus"

    September 10, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Poppyseedh

    A few posts down someone suggests we stop being so mean to poor Miley and just let her live her life. Well, all I have to say is that being a mother of kids who like the girl..I PAY FOR HER LIFE!!!! I have been watching her career...waiting for the inevitable. I am sad to see that parents are so concerned with the fame and money and mentality of the business that they have lost touch with morality and proper parental practice. I am sad. Miley started out as a talented teen. She will prolly end up like the rest....just another girl who learned to take her clothes off for cash. And if anyone is offended by the analogy....it wasn't me that let her dance on a pole.

    August 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. seccachoo

    it's about damn time someone said something!!! I find it sad that you INSTED OF her MOTHER actually said somithing!!! it's PATHITIC!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SSC

    As the mother of three daugthers, I was totally disgusted by Miley's performance (and appearance) at the Teen Choice Awards. I don't blame her, I blame her parents, but I will stop buying her merchandise and movies, etc for my girls. Enough is enough and her little striptease took things too far. What type of parent lets their 16 year old dress like a hooker?

    August 14, 2009 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scotty Potty

    Funny how ppl keep mentioning the stalker ...as if stalkers were deterred by conservative clothing haha...its an obsession for a stalker, not an attraction..

    Its not the clothes your children are "pressured" into wearing that are "ruining" your children, nor is it her parents fault for having not aligned their values with the more conservative ones espoused here. instead of examining and questioning one's own beliefs (whether one holds to the same conclusions or not), people are so quick to blame what they see as a larger societal problem on people who dont think exactly like them.

    and i think ppl keep confusing Minor with Child...when was the last time someone talked about their "17 year old child"? Using the word "child" for a son or daughter when the person is already 15 indicates, in my opinion, that there are some strange and out of touch perceptions of young adults.

    That's "elderly children" for some of you out there.

    They have a word for a human aged 16 that is more indicative of their status and past growth – adolescent. I just feel sorry for the kids who have parents posting here who dont understand that a child doesnt turn into an adult overnight. It's likely some of you are in denial about your elderly children. Believe me, 16 year olds get A LOT of practice acting like adults.

    And to the person who wrote:
    "Your childs role model should only be you, not a teen singer , football player or Twightlight actor."

    But what if your parent is a football player? Not the Michael Vick kind – the good kind, like the ones who end up with a recurring role in sitcoms.

    Seriously, though...what an insightful comment – FOR ME TO POOP ON!

    Haha – yes, shame on any parents who have children for looking up to a person such as Obama – only his children should be encoraged to do that.

    August 14, 2009 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ella

    Being a big sister, I definitely dont want my 5 years old sister idolize someone with the pole. For those who try to defend Miley I did see the video and I found it completely inappropriate. She didnt literally pole dancing but instead just stood there dancing next to the pole. But the question is Why is the pole necessary ? The image sure provoke a sexy image and at a TEEN choice awards ? C'mon have some class !

    August 14, 2009 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chris V

    um...okay..people are making a big deal about this why?

    i saw the "pole dance" and you know what...i saw absolutely nothing wrong it...she held on to a pole that was attached to an ice cream cart that was being pushed across a stage...that's it...

    come on people..stop trying to make something out of nothing...

    August 14, 2009 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Leann

    ok here's the thing.....its done its over with so move on i am a miley fan and so are my daughters although i thought the placing was bad i have seen kids dressed way worse. Deal with it she is a teenager and growing into a woman.

    August 14, 2009 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. nikki

    umm..EVERYONE WEARS BOOTY SHORTS IN CALIFORNIA!
    get over yourselves! since when does everybody think you can instantly judge a 15 year old girls parenting because she wore some shorts! BOO HOO! get a life and become amish if you cant handle the truth!

    August 14, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  17. Andier0ck5

    Ok I am a teenager and IIIII would condone that! I do admit that the pole thing was racy but not all too bad. Destiny (Because that is her god given name and I won't call her anything else) is not a little child anymore, she is a spoiled brat. I am pretty sure she conned her way into wearing the shorts. I know if I walked out of the house in that My dad would drag me back to the house by my hair. Just because she is sixteen doesn't mean that she can do whatever she wants. I do not think it is her fault, If her dad lets her do that she is going to think its O.k. So I wouldn't blame it all on her. SHAME ON YOU BILLY RAY!!!

    August 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Shanna

    man it was just a dance.really harmless..get ova yourselfs ppl!!!

    August 13, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Patrick

    God, what if Mary-Kate and Ashley were 5 right now? Would they be lead out to shows wearing leather suits and gimp masks? What is this world coming to? This is insane.

    August 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Quentin Schroder

    The reason there are poles in strip joints were to give the girls something to hang on to, when men would try to pull them off the stage. The exploitation of women has went on for entirely to long in our society. It is a time that we put a stop to it. It is wrong.

    August 13, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  21. boatwench

    You've heard the old saying "you can dress up a pig, but it's still a pig". Seems to fit in this instance! Just sayin..........

    August 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. c

    i didnt see the show, but the pic, the shorts arent THAT bad..and if she was holding onto the pole for balance vs doing a stripper shimmey/routine on it...different story. mole hill out of a mountain. i hope miley doesnt go down britneys road..speaking of which, kinda sad to see britney like that now, trying to be sexy,and skimpy clothes, and worse, she has her sons accompany her on the road and see her shows??( cringe) xtina at least grew up, especially after she had her son. shes more conservative now. i didnt get the vanity fair cover shoot, she at least apologized/said she was embarrassed. i hope miley has more snap that brit, lohan,ect...

    August 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mel

    It seems pretty obvious that most of the parents commenting here did not actually watch the broadcast. It was tame, and really, her dancing was quite goofy.

    One still picture taken at the right angle does not mean she was pole dancing. And while those shorts are not the marmy bermuda shorts you would probably like to put her into, they are not booty shorts. They are pretty short, but I am pretty sure the only thing we are seeing is leg. Are they leg shorts?

    Next, you hyper-pseudo-religious fanatics will be protesting toddler 2-piece bathing suits because it SEXUALIZES them. Idiots.

    August 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Alex C

    This is completely ridiculous. This isn't even news, it's sensationalism.

    I don't even like Miley Cyrus, but she wasn't wearing anything particularly revealing and she certainly was not pole-dancing.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  25. Anonymous

    I agree that the pole was a bit much... but i'm just curious as to what you people think about swim suits...

    August 13, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bryan

    As a 30 year old married man without children ... it is about time we start humiliating those without modesty and we begin to praise those with it. It's good to see modesty becoming a virtue again.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  27. Danny

    I know what the law says, but a 16 year old girl, biologically, is a woman. If she can get pregnant, she's no longer a child.

    August 13, 2009 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  28. Pat

    It's for the publicity...would we be talking about it if she didn't dance around the pole.?..............show biz parents are on another level

    August 13, 2009 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  29. Shirlee

    I was totally shocked when she came out in a very low cut dress to introduce Brittany Spears. My daughter was with me and was equally shocked. A low cut blunging neckline with extreme cleavage. Is she the next Brittany?

    August 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Molly

    When our daughter was born four and a half years ago, my husband and I cancelled our cable. We control what is on our t.v., and the things that are watched are watched intentionally. However, my daughter still knew of Hannah Montana before I did. I am constantly shocked at the shows that are marketed to my daughter...they depict teenagers, and I don't need a four year old teenager. However, I understand that it is my job to teach her these things. Our children are smarter than we give them credit for...talk to your kids. When she asks why a friend gets to do something she can't, I tell her that different households have different rules. TALK TO YOUR KIDS! They want to know about the world around them, and if you don't tell them about it, someone else will.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kath

    The fact that a young girl is humping a stripper pole on a program geared toward children is what freaks me the most. I'll give you that my definition of a modest young woman (who can still dress to be attractive) may be rooted in another generation. Its the behavior while in the booty shorts that's the problem for me – it was lewd. It was inappropriate in the context of a program geared to children. Face it – the style may be popular, but it is sexually suggestive and is meant to be. And just because its all over every conceivable media doesnt make it anything less. Parents do have a responsibility to provide alternative role models for their kids or deal with the consequences of perfectly nice young women (and men) whose lack of boundaries are setting them up to be taken advantage of. I speak from experience with my steps – Walt is turning over in his grave.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. michelle

    Why hasn't Miley's 20 year old boyfriend been arrested for statutory rape has other 'non-celebrity' boyfriend/girlfriend teen/adult relationships have been?
    I remember the case of the 17 year old Black teenager and the 15 year old White teenager in Chicago. The white girl performed oral sex on the Black teen – who was an honor student and football star – willingly, and the Black teen got sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    why hasn't Britney's lil sister's boy friend been sentenced? Why hasn't Sarah Palin's daughter's boyfriend been sentenced?

    You know why – RACE.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. me

    Thank you "non-hypocrite". I totally agree. It's sad that parents depend on celebrities to raise their children. If you did not like what Miley was wearing, then talk to your children, explain why they won't be wearing the ensemble, and move on with your day. Each parent is responsible for their own child(ren). If you don't like to see Miley's or Miley's parents' choices, then stop watching and buying her brand. It's that simple. Unless her parents are teaching her to be a hateful murderer, it's not fair to condemn them or point a finger of blame. She's not 10 years old anymore. I would love to know how many of you had a perfect existence as teenagers. Stop worshipping her and stop allowing her to raise your children. Let her make her mistakes so that she can grow from them. That's just me...

    August 12, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Darma

    I still can't believe with the amount of money Disney has they could not come up with something different than a pole?? This will stop when the parents stop giving their money to the Cyrus clan (that includes buying Disney unnecessary stuff)! No wonder she has a stalker I wonder what that crazy is up too after seeing that.....

    August 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Court

    I'm only 18 and I'm not a fan of Miley but you have to realized that at this point in time.. That style is in.. Even if your daugher is watching her and is her idle.. it is your job as her parent to tell her that is it all for show and she shouldn't dress like that. Not going out trash talking your childs idle. Walk into her middle school or high school and look what they other kids are wearing before you judge someone out there that makes your child happy.

    Thanks!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Shaun

    I think she should have worn less clothes. That would have been HOT!! :) You people crack me up. Who the hell cares. Every female performer wears next to nothing in this country... sex sells people. Music like this, if you call it music, is about $$ and is a buissiness. It's not art like REAL music. I dont think little kids seeing her dressed like this matters at all when they could just change the channel and see someone else dressed the same way or worse. So stop complaining.. there are MUCH BIGGER issues in the world than what this little antichrist is wearing.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Me

    Hey parent...just an observation but aren't you a little hypocritical yourself for passing judgement on those that you don't agree with. I neither agree or disagree with all the comments, just amused that you failed to realize that everytime you point that finger at someone you got three pointing right back at ya. i'm just sayin.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. blowing in the wind

    Shame on her parents. I believe the little girl is being exploited by her own parents. She has turned out to be quite a nice cash cow.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  39. mindy

    Gee a lot of outrage here. This is simple. Her parents want the money and yes it goes to her too. Check out Eric's comment for ref. In the meantime, Ms. Cyrus's parents are not the only people who can control this. We can, yes that's right the public who buys all this stuff and supports the big machine that chews up all these young girls and exploits them. And yes, while it might have been just and ice cream cart and she may have just used the pole for balance but the people at the top new what was happening and they did it for MONEY. These girls don't stand a chance! They are unfortunately buying in to all the crap about stardom and socially, we caused it. So if you don't like the outcome, change it. If we don't buy it: they can't sell it. Then and only then will it stop!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Once was a teen

    I completely agree. I remember not to long ago and being a teenager, seeing all of the other high school girls at the halloween dance in there skimpy costumes and thinking how sad it was that there parents hadn't taught them that it was trashy. My mother from a young age taught me to love and respect my body and that loving and respecting my body, did not mean flaunting it around for everyone to see. I was a child and it would have been inappropriate. Thank you for this article and I hope that parents will stop playing into the marketing of disney and teach their children about class and character.

    August 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ash

    Everyone needs to relax Miley looked cute.. showing only a bit of leg, everything else was covered up. If you look at 3/4 of the girls her age they are wearing much less......

    She is 16 looked great, sounded great and has a great body...she did not strip her clothes off or do anything in approriate.. so go easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  42. victor a*k*a 100

    man am so sick of everyone talking about what they would do if there child did this or wear that, all of these people who sit back and watch what an child(miley cyrus) need to get an life and focus on your children.Because while you watching them your sons,daughter,neices,and naphews are running wild and playing you as a fool. this come from an parent and uncle, it's show bizness it's suppose to cause everyone to get work up over nothing her parents gonna have to deal with what they created !! not you or me

    August 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mom

    I agree that this outfit is too sexy for any decent person, especially a teenage girl, but I do have to caution against being overly cautious against girl's clothing. My husband nearly has a cow any time I put my daughter in shorts above the knee. They are called shorts for a reason, correct?

    August 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Risuko

    sure, her parents may be to blame for some of this...but Disney is the one that controls what Miley Cirus looks like. She doesn't pick her own outfits and she doesn't have control over what she does on stage. Disney told her to do a skimpy pole dance. Her parents couldn't really do anything about it if they wanted to. However horrible Miley's display was for her own image...it would have been worse if her parents ran up on stage and stopped the pole thing.

    Parenting is different when your child is a star. The corporations take care of her more than you do, and in many ways they are the ones who raise her. If the Disney people told her to wear booty shorts, she probably assumed they knew what was good for her image.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Christopher

    I think a part of the problem is people like Miley Cyrus are considered "role models" which is wrong. Somewhere along the way, people started thinking that every celebrity or famous person should be considered a role model. This is a huge mistake. Role models should be admired for what selfless and pioneering accomplishments they have made, not how many concerts they sell out or how popular they are. Celebrities like her can still be recognized for their talent and accomplishments in their entertainment industry, but for the most part they should be seen as entertainers, not role models.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. FRYER

    OK, so why is it that the mother is responsible? Hey, Miley's crazy-girly dad should be responsible too. I'm just saying!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  47. overseas

    That her actions carry sexual overtones for young girls is inappropriate, but demonizing a body is also wrong. Most of Europe doesn't have a problem with baring skin in certain public situations so skimpy clothing alone is not an offense. The problem is when skin always equals sex. That's a bigger problem Americans need to deal with first, then the more disturbing pole part may take the headline instead of the hot pants.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  48. JWJ

    To all those who have posted before me I just want to say thank you for the very entertaining reading, many of you are quite comical. Just one question – whatever happened to freedom of expression????? Not so nice to know there are so many judgemental people out there.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Meesha

    And adding to this, it is not the child it is the parents. Parents eveywhere. It's what we let them wear, watch and listen to. It's not knowing about their role models and their whereabouts after school or during the summer while we are at work. It's literally sparing the rod while we spoil the child because we are too tired to argue or follow through with most punishments. It is not just Miley Cyrus and parents, it prevalent nation wide. My daughter chose this year to live with her dad not because I am a bad parent but because her dad is the fun parent. She can tell him to shut up and talk back to him all day and he just laughs. But he buys her everything she wants while I made her earn it. I'm no saint and it's not about casting stones. It is however, about recognizing the problem

    August 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Ashley

    Are you people kidding me this girl is about 17, 18 yrs old, her fateher Loves her so much, & if you people watch her show, her concerts, he is always aroung, or behind the sceens.... She is growing up & with that so will her image, her attitude & her body.... If your kids saw this how, or watch her all you need 2 to is explain that 2 them , I have 2 little girls ages 4 & 10, & I tell them all the time, when you become of age you can wear those types of things, but intill then you will have to wear things that 4 &10 yr olds should wear, they are also very aware of the age difference between her & them.... if people talk with there child, answer question & let them kno what is going on, they will understand, her wearing booty shorts should be something so bad, now if we wanna talk about her doing something bad, & not good for her viewer we should of been talking when she was dating the 22 yr old model... we has people need 2 stop worrying about the little things, & start focusing on so much more.......

    August 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  51. MARCIA S

    what do you expect from parents would let there15 old daughter at the time date a 20yr old. I guess since she is their bread winner they are willing to pimp her out in everyway. I wouldnt ler my children alone in that industry without a chaperone whom wiould be one of the parents. But as the vanity fair issue they must have left the buliding again and had no KNowledge, even though it was a prerehersed event, ya that the ticket, miley the next britney in a bad way

    August 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Marie-New York

    As a teenager, a year older than Miley, i find it embarassing for her to continue to be put in these situations. Many of my friends idolize her, especially my younger sister's friends. However, I agree that all of the blame needs to be placed on the adults in these situations. Whose idea was it to put her by a pole? Many say, oh she needed it for balance, however she didn't need to stand on top of ANYTHING. The pole was there so she could do what she does best: ease her way into 'sexier' roles. She can shed the Disney image in many other ways, not ones that show a lack of character and values. It makes me sick that her parents claim to be with God and there to support their daughter's best interests when they allow her to be vulnerable to the pressures of Hollywood. If they truly had her best interest's at heart they would stop parading their 'moral compass' and put a stop to these type of performances and provacative clothing.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Sharon

    My daughter and myself was totally shocked at what she was wearing on stage. The "booty" shorts and in the song she was singing about swinging her hips–REALLY!!! She is still a child, even at 17 and I know that being a parent i would not allow MY child to leave my house dressed like that, even for a awards show then to top it off she has someone stalking her and her parents thought it would be fine to let her dress like that???? What are they thinking??? It is the parents' responsibility to teach their kids how to respect themselves regardless if they are there with them or not. I really do not see that happening since they allowed Miley to date someone that was over 18. I teach my daughter that because you see how someone acts or dresses on TV, does not mean that i condone that behavior and it is not acceptable in my house. Whatever Miley is trying to do, it has to be a better way of proving a point or maybe she is trying to get Disney to release her??? That is a question to think about......stay tuned

    August 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. missreadalot

    I find it pretty amazing that we rant and rave about her parents... but say nothing about the parents that find it perfectly acceptable to allow their children to idolize young Hollywood starlets. If we've learned anything at all over the last decade, I would think it would be that, typically speaking, being young and famous is rarely ever a great resume in the role model department. In fact, it tends to be the big flashy sign warning you away from putting them on a pedestal.

    We might not be able to expect kids to know that, but we most assuredly can expect parents to know that. That they still don't and continue to lash out when the Hollywood "role model" of the moment displays behavior befitting a teenager is mind boggling. Instead of blaming other parents for what's wrong with the younger generations... how about we actually grow up for once and look closer to home? Because surely, if every parent that was complaining about this or some other similar behavior from her or another star was an ideal parent we'd have the most well behaved generation of children ever. Since we don't... I'm guessing pot is name calling with kettle again.

    She's famous, people. Not a saint. Since when did we decide the two were synonymous?!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Meesha

    It is about time! I was begining to think I was the only one that still thinks this way. I was 16 when my step mom bought me booty shorts and she was disapointed when I told her the only place I would wear them is on the lawn when I laid out. My dad was so proud. haha. It was because he taught me not to parade around like a stripper and to respect myself. I teach my Newly teenage daughter this now. I tell her anything her 16 year old cousin wears she is not allowed to. Prime example my niece works with me as a receptionist this summer and she is wearing booty shorts that barely cover her cheeks. And she wonders why grown men hit on her and honk their horns at her? Parents have to take control and stop letting their children dress and say and act however they want. They are not adults no matter how much they would like to be. Mature for her age is a cop out for a parent that doesn't want to argue with their child all day about those things. She is still just a child.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Me

    I just watched the video and honestly she is NOT pole dancing, she is holding onto it. As for her cloths we have all seen much worse. Comeon there is nothing for anyone to worry about here. I can't beleive how things like this get so blown up.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. apocf8

    I just want to see the shots from the back :p

    August 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. MIchelle

    I think ALL of these teen stars..with their over sexualed pouts when they are having their photos taken on the red carpet, nude photos popping up all over the net, and general disregard for self respect are setting a poor example for girls everywhere.
    Look at the clothes in walmart and Target...when did our kids stop looking like kids?!
    What kind of example does that set to our girls? that they have to be overtly sexual to get attention? how incredibly sad.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Katja

    I don't see what is wrong with this picture. People who are uptight about this know their daughter wouldn't look this fabulous. Also I bet 90% of the American population would die to have their daughters picture taken by Annie. Annie is one of the best photographer, and it was an honor to have the picture taken at 16 years old.

    Taylor Swift, have you seen the back of her cover on the new cd? Laying in bed with loads of makeup, I guess that screams "innocence" and "perfect child"...yada yada yada.

    I think its funny how people freak out about showing off their bodies when 1/3 of Americans raise obese children...I wouldn't worry so much about your child being a stripper if they are soon going to have diabetes, heart disease, strokes etc...

    I grew up on Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan. My parents were great, didn't let me dress crazy but they would let me watch and indulge in trashy music/magazines. My parents thought it was best to get the R rated mojo out of the way and to concentrate on more important things like how to pay for the sexy wardwrobe without ever dipping into debt...

    Well Props to Miley for taking the heat!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  60. P Annie

    Miley appears to be another Britney Spears in the making...first the wild appeal to pre-teens, then she turns 16, and finally she's not satisfied with a young tween audience, and has to market herself as a hot property. Looks like her parents are riding her coattails of success & they don't much care what people think of her as long as her movies, music and clothing line sells! Personally, I'm pretty sick of her. Her performance at the awards show was nothing but disgusting! She and her parents should be ashamed!

    August 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Luke

    Kirsten: You missed my point. God is a generic term. In our history, many gods have been worshiped, most by millions more people than our modern day god of the Christian bible. Thor, in fact, has had more followers than the Christian god. Thor is just out of taste these days. In any event, I'm curious why all her wearing short shorts has anything to do with upsetting the christian god, and not another. Hence, why are Christians upset with Miss Cyrus' behavior. One has nothing to do with the other.

    By now, you must see that I am making a point. The point being that human morals are not necessarily drawn from Christian beliefs, or any other religious set of laws. If we followed religious morals and laws today, women would be cast outside the city walls for having short hair and in most cases, stoned to death. Of course, we don't do that anymore because society has grown with time – dare I say, society has evolved? Human morals are set by the moral Zeitgeist, not religious beliefs. They may play a part of our current state of moral Zeitgeist, but since there are varying religious to work with (and scientifically enlightened atheists), it can't be the foundation of judging what is right and wrong. Therefore, I'm making a point towards those in this thread that drop the Christianity bomb and expect the rest of society to follow it. Sorry, it just doesn't fly.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  62. JanR

    I totally agree with this article. It's time parents grew up and acted like parents!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  63. FloridaSunshine

    The stay at home moms with nothing better to do than bad mouth other parents need a reality check. Young girls have enough self esteem problems without the constant critisim to 'cover up' and 'be more modest'. Parents should be happy that their daughters are confident enough to enbrace their bodies and sexuality. By telling young girls that they need to hide behind clothes, we are creating insecurities. Society claims that a woman is not defined by her ourward appearance but by her actions, but here, Miley is harshly critized for her appearance. What message are we sending our youth by setting this double standard?

    August 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Marcella

    I am the mother of three daughters, they are young women now ages 30,23,24. I was appauld when I saw Miley Cyrus performing and the way she dressed. I can't believe she was dancing so provacitively when her father is sitting in the front rowe looking on, that was so disrespectful. And to top it off her hero is Britney Spears..and you wonder why? This is a teen award show, and Miley Cyrus is only 16, but by the way she dress she looks way over 20 years old. When my daughters were going through their teen age years, I was their role model, I think parents need to take a stand and lets get our young ladies back to having class, self pride and self worth.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  65. snrose

    I fight at least once a week with my daughter about what she is wearing. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose. And sometimes that is not the battle I choose to fight that day. If anybody thinks that simply saying "NO" to an outfit is always the answer, then they are extremely naive. Many teenage girls today are only mimicing what is plastered all over the media. I guess it would help my cause if I turned off my television, got rid of the computer, axed the cellphone, and made her wear a blindfold everytime we passed the magazine rack in a store!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  66. YVETTE

    My husband and I were just shocked when we seen footage of her performance. and this got us talking about the shows on Disney and Nickalodeon. So many of these shows do not have age appropiate topics. I seen one episode of Drake and Josh with my boys and they had one of them kissing 2 girls at the same time, like it was a make out fest, Zack and Cody fight over girls. Why at the age of 10, 11 or even 12 should they be worried about girlfriends, boyfriends or first kisses ? I am just disappointed, like my husband said Disney should maybe just go back to Mickey and Minnie like when we were kids!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Sarah

    My daughter would not pose for such a cover in a million years.

    Answer one question: Do men find it sexually arousing to see a nake woman partially covered by a sheet?

    If so, how is it not child pornography to display a teen in the same situation? Her parents suck. This performance just continues to prove it.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  68. shirley

    Turn off the t.v when that type of show comes on,just don"t watch it.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Ben

    ...and 15 year olds can work as strippers in Rhode Island (as long as they don't work past 11 p.m.), so Miley "acts" like a stripper, so what, there are girls younger than her who are real strippers.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Rosanna

    You know what, she's an entertainer and I think her shorts are fine. If you want to see entertainers all covered up, then go and live in Iran. Leave her alone, she is old enough now and she's not the 10 year old little girl anymore and she is dressed age appropriate.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Clyde

    It is a matter of perspective and age. If I am an 18 year old male....Wow, Hot!
    Since I am a 44 year old father of a girl it is a sign of the Decline of Western Civilization and makes me fear for my daughters future.
    I remember when Madonna was Hot! Wanna blame someone else other than Billy Ray and wife...The " Material Girl" is a candidate. How bout Marilyn Monroe...Mae West....etc. Most of us "civilians" have to just realize that Hollywood has a different set of rule and always has. Teach your own kids well and ignore the tiny divas.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Iowagirl

    Oh get over it already! If she had jeans on, they would be "too tight". If she had a dress on, it would be "beyond her age" or some other way you can pick her apart. Most everyone here that is complaining probably couldn't pull off these SHORTS (not "booty shorts", not "hot pants". Just shorts. Have you been to the mall in the last ten years? It's the current style.) when they were in their prime, and feel the need to pick apart anyone who can. If I recall correctly, the 70's were the era of "short shorts" and people of all ages were wearing them. It's thirty years later, and you're still clucking like a group of old hens. Turn the channel for Pete's sake if you don't like what "kids these days" are wearing. You're probably the same people who's own kids are running the streets and in jail doing far worse than wearing a pair of shorts.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Julie-Canada

    I am so sick of Miley Cyrus and the cry wolf crap. Here parents are her managers and I truely belief that they are just as stupid as each other. I would never let me 23 yr old out of the house dressed for whatever (maybe Halloween) and behave like a brat 24 x 7 as Miley has so done lately. I would have gotten her a real professional manager to get her act together. I have given up watching her show, turning her off on the Radio, don't buy magazines that she might be in, don't watch award shows that she might be in so that I can see her giving me the tongue, she is just disgusting. Totally boycotting her until something has been done. Maybe disney sould step up ito the plate too!
    Just had enough!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  74. NoMoreTalk

    Oh PLEASE! If you don't want your kids to watch this stuff. Turn the TV off!!!!! EVERYWHERE you look, you see this kind of stuff. No one complained when Britney was out wearing worse stuff then this. Hit me Baby one more time??? Come on people. Stop complaining and teach your kids yourself. Don't expect the TV and other people to teach them stuff!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  75. wake up people

    It's interesting how many sweeping judgments and conclusions are made in these comment sections. This is my first post but what has been said here, for the most part, is disgusting and, unfortunately, common. Do any of you personally know the Cyrus family? If you don't than it's NOT your business to give parenting classes in a comment section.
    Teens make mistakes and sometimes rebel. This fact hasn't changed for a long time.

    Preaching from soapboxes doesn't change a thing other than betraying one's ignorance.

    It was suggestive, but so is almost every other child entertainer (Jonas brothers come to mind). To make a conclusion as to how she is brought up from one performance is.... well.... dumb (and that's my sweeping judgement :p)

    August 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Lindsey

    Billy Ray has prostituted his child as did the Spears and many others. Just watch Nickleoden or Disney. It is really sad for the childern as they have little if any say in the matter until it is too late. We, as viewers and as a culture are also to blame.All their lives are ruened for life. If not for God, there is no hope.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Lori

    Miley doesn't really fit the "Disney" image that she once did. She is 16, but I was never allowed to look like that at that age. Give her a couple of years and she will be the next Britney Spears. It's not really her fault though--I blame her parents. They realize they have a "cash flow" and want to keep it going. Blame them!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Daniel

    Some quick points on facts for those that are losing their grip on the reality and truth of this.

    1.)This performance was done at TEEN choice awards, not as Hanna Montana or on any of the shows your CHILDREN watch on Disney. For the age group specified, this is no different than High School Musical or any other movie...in fact roll back to baby boomer time and I will say one word: Grease (A quick question, why would you not let your child watch Hanna Montana because of something Miley Cyrus did on a TEEN program? One has nothing to do with the other..or maybe it does if you let them watch the TEEN awards even if they are just 7 and 8...shouldn't you be mad at yourself?)

    2.)She was dressed more appropriately than any of the female BACKUP dancers. As the star, she is not the one showing the most, but the LEAST.

    3.)Stop referring to 16yr olds as children. Just as you are your parents "child" at any age, it doesn't make you a "child" in the sense of being a toddler or middle school age. She is old enough by law to enter into contracts, to be charged as an adult if she commit a crime, to marry with or without parental consent, to work & pay taxes, drive a car and a myriad number of other things a "child" can not legally or ethically do. Do they know everything and will make the right choice every time? No, but neither do you, nor your parents, nor your pastor or any other adult human being on this planet.

    4.)It is well known and well documented that Miley is treated like a regular child at home, that she has chores, and many other things just like your children. Her parents don't live in "Hollywood", and they certainly do not take their children to parties. How much time does she really have outside her music and Disney and Hanna Montana?

    5.)There is nothing Miley has done by word or deed that is anti-christian or against christian standards. In fact, she probably has helped more people than most churches ever do, as it seems of late that churches are getting really good at raising money to build bigger, more modern churches. I don't see more food to the homeless or more shelters for battered women, I just see more churches....big brand new churches. Look around where you live, how many of new churches do you see? Anyway, the simple thing to remember when claiming to "live" like Christ is "Judge not lest ye be judged." and "Let him who hath NO SIN, cast the first stone." The posts here by "concerned christian people" do not show any love or caring or real empathy to Miley or her family. Only judgmental and derisive statements that lack any feeling other than hate or outrage.

    Showbiz tonight, I have a question. Is this what you consider worthy news or is it just shock jock entertainment? Answer me that one.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Sharon

    Grow up people, girls in dance classes & dance routines wear booty shorts all the time! If she was just wearing them around Wal-Mart I'd be concerned but as part of a dance routine they're fairly standard. Let the girl be, she's doing just fine & would probably be doing even better if she weren't criticized for every little thing she did. Imagine yourself at her age, when you were trying to find yourself, and then imagine how you would feel to be picked apart for every little thing. Give her a break.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Tonya

    I would never let my daughter dress like that. It's also sad that all you see in stores are skimpy clothes for children. I have a 4 year old and they make skimpy clothes in her size!!! This world is just getting out of control & things need to change.......

    August 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Gabrius

    Kristen, I was commenting on McCain's more fanatic supporters (posters in this article), not the man himself. "Conservative" doesn't even begin to describe this hive-mindset – I would say that "ignorant" or "zealot" would be more appropriate labels for this type of foolish thinking.

    The other article you commented on is being hijacked by the exact opposite type of person – "liberals" who think they're better than everyone else for being "open-minded" – these people are equally foolish.

    Shame on both groups for not realizing that most people reside on the reasonable "middle ground" – this is due to the fact that most people who think rationally and logically wouldn't care enough to voice their opinions on such trivial matters.

    – lucky for you, it's been a slow day at work ^_^

    August 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Penny

    She is 16...not 10. Go to your local high school or mall and see what the kids are wearing. The girls dress like hookers, it is the 'in' thing, and millions of parents let them, but I don't see anyone castigating them for what their teenaged daughters wear everyday. If she wasn't famous, none of you would notice what she was wearing.

    I say if your 10 year old daughter was watching this on tv and you found it objectionable, you should change the channel. Don't sit there and watch it and then moan and complain about how inappropriate it was. Turn it off.

    On another note, have you noticed what teenaged boys are wearing? Their clothes are just as revealing as the girls', but I never hear anyone complaining about the boys with their butts hanging out of their jeans and their cut up tank tops (at least not complaining it is too revealing).

    August 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Joseph

    I say, this is yellow journalism at its best!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  84. William

    Get A Life!!! Today's adolescents are going to embrace their newly developed bodies & sexuality in spite of their sexually uptight, insecure, repressive, parents. It's unrealistic, pious attitudes (like yours) that prevent our schools from teaching our kids what their parents refuse to: SEX EDUCATION!! Today's statistics of teenage (& even pre- teen) pregnancies & STDs (SEXually transmitted diseases) (as well as abuse) have shown again & again that Hiding your head in the sand & inane "Just Say No" policies pushed by the so called religious, Sarah Palin & Bush Administration devotees simply Do Not Work!! ....& It's our children that that pay the price!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Vanessa

    Great article – so glad someone is pointing out that a parent needs to step up to the plate and be a parent – Let your children be children, stop driving for the buck and pimping out your children!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Em

    This is just an example of a girl trying to grow up too fast. She has been trying to shed her little girl image for a while which is not a bad thing, but her and her parents together could decide on a better way to do it. She has becoming more and more provacative which is really not a good thing for a 16 year old. I know I personally would not let my daughter do such things especially when there is a grown man out there who has been arrested twice for stalking her. You really have to watch how you represent yourself these days because they are some crazy people out there.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Really!?!?!

    What is the big deal here? I really don't see it at all. For one, you can't turn your TV on now without seeing something like that, so if you don't want your kids watching stuff like that, turn off your TV. Secondly, if you seriously think your kids (teens) aren't being exposed to this kind of thing and more than likely doing it themselves, then you are the real fool. Now, who are any of us to judge how someone else raises their kids. That is the only crazy thing I see on this page. Like ronijay said, she is 16, basically she is held responsible for control other people's lives in her hands (passengers in her car and others), but she can't decide to wear a pair of shorts? Come on! Besides that, since when are we not allowed to express ourselves the way that we want. Last time I check we were still fighting overseas for those rights to still be in place. Now many of you compare her to your own kids. You can't hold her to the same standards as you do your kids. For one, what did you kids do when the show went off, they probably went to sleep right. Miley probably went to an after party that went into the late hours of the night. Your kids are hopping around photo shoot to photoshoot and maybe a popular show and putting together albums. They are different lives and different decisions made BY HER PARENTS. I think he knows a little something about being in the public eye and I'm sure he is helping his daughter to not make some of the mistakes he made. Just because you are celebrity, doesn't mean you are a moron or uncapable of raising your kids right. To wrap this up....how did this whole thing get thrown into the religious mix. I think I saw somebody say she should be ashamed to call herself a Christian. Seriously? Get a life....or better yet, go to a religious seminar or something because your understanding of the religion is way off.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Kristen

    Hey Gabrius-McCain would have thought that this is beneath his dignity to comment on (as I hope President Obama does).

    Interesting thing I noticed as I was clicking around CNN. There is a great article on young devout women choosing to dress modestly. Nice contrast to this article. Funny thing is-they are being derided and humiliated because they cover themselves. Guess you just can't please people.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Pam

    But on the other hand- you're all acting as if you were never exposed to this as a kid... but remember- when you were all kids wasn't it MADONNA who ROLLED AROUND ON STAGE AT THE MTV AWARDS??? And you all grew up just fine.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Sue

    Being a parent is hard, but 16 yr olds no matter what they think should not be allowed to make the life decisions that Miley is being allowed to make. I remember going out at 16 in a shirt that I blush now when I think about it. I snuck out of the house in it and thought it was prefectly fine. But now as an adult – I look back at it and am horrified.
    I hope Miley does not have to look back and be horrified about the things she is doing now – well if she had responsible parents – she wouldn't for sure.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Kirsten

    Luke: I say it does pertain to Christianity in this case as Miley is a self-professed born again Christian. If she wasn't than your argument would be right, but since she says shes a Christian Im going to assume she thanks God, not Posiedon or anything else

    August 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Pam

    I don't blame Miley Cyrus or her parents. Shouldn't she be 18 by now? (I feel like she's been 16 for 3 years now! Are they hiding her real age?) But shame on Nickelodeon for airing it knowing that even younger kids watch the show. After all the controversy that followed the whole Janet Jackson Superbowl incident you'd think Nickelodeon would know to keep the show age appropriate- no matter how old the celebs are.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  93. -_-

    come on people. really?! this is the 21st century. not the 1800s. women dont have to wear dresses past their ankles these days. get with the program. EVERY teenage girl these days wear clothes like that. this isnt being inapporpriate, its being... a teenager. she didnt go out half naked like the jasmine incident, she HAD CLOTHES ON. this is called pop culture, not irresponsibility by their parents. what did you want her to wear, a ball gown? PERFECT. goes along with "party in the USA" amazingly. -_-

    August 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  94. ronijay

    Why does everyone keep referring to her as a "16 year old CHILD". FYI: in today's world, 16 year olds are NOT children!! They are old enough to drive cars, have sex (well, lets be honest, they DO), and make many other mature decisions without a consultation from their parents. They should be able to dress however they choose.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Joe

    I think she should continue on her current path, because it was absolutely gorgeous watching her like that.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Gabrius

    Wow, reading through even half of this Bible-belt insanity has me asking one question: How did John McCain lose? Some of you need to get your heads checked, seriously. What's ironic is that most of these people with their morally upright "Christian" lifestyles have more in common with the "Muslim" extremists than they realize..... some Americans are downright frightening in their ignorance.

    ps – "Christian" and "Muslim" are in quotes because neither group I mentioned represents what their respective religion is all about.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Denizen Kate

    Two words: Double Standard!

    If Miley Cyrus was a 16 year old boy, he could dance around that pole wearing nothing but a Speedo, grabbing his crotch every other step, and no one would bat an eye.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Jpeters

    You people (the conservative ones) are the reason that the most promiscuous girls in college are the ones that grew up sheltered and were never allowed to live a little bit. My gosh she was just wearing a pair of short shorts. If you think that was a pole dance then obviously you've never seen one. In my opinion the performance was a fairly mild mannered one. 16 year olds are young adults, not children. Children don't drive cars, work jobs and pay taxes. Keeping your young adults, or children as you call them, from participating in semi-adult activities does them no favors, it makes them clueless and naieve when they do become adults.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jen in NYC

    I don't think the outfit is that bad. Want to see bad? Watch "Toddlers and Tiaras!"

    August 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  100. garyG

    Inappropriate? Not really.

    Pole Dancing? Not much.

    Generating tons of media and consumer attention? You bet.

    If she had worn black stretchy pants and a tight shirt that completely covered her, we probably wouldn't all be chiming in, would we?

    She is however thought of as a role model, so she should try to at least think of the impact to young viewers when she does something different than the Hannah character would. Little minds....

    Young ladies develop quicker these days than they ever did in the past. (Growth hormones in the chicken sandwiches?) It was not necessary, but hardly the scandal you all have made it.

    Is the problem this:If she hadn't thanked God, the hypocrisy of it wouldn't be so bad? Or is it just not what you would have done?

    Bad Parenting? No, just not great parenting. Who knows? maybe the parents didn't like the outfit or the dance number? Let's look at who is bringing in the paycheck. Could they really say NO?

    And all of you that make this personal by attacking the viewpoints of someone else that don't agree with you need to grow up as well. I didn't appreciate some of the derogatory statements but they are yours to make based on your knowledge base and life lessons. Don't get nasty, just try to understand what the statements were based on.

    So now let's see how many times I get called an idiot or uninformed or prudish or un-enlightened or what ever.....It's all just TV and we don't have to watch. Or do we?

    August 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  101. self-righteous indignation

    OverEd said
    "Jessica, have you considered going to school and getting an education? I really would do you a world of good. Then you could comment and not look quite so illiterate. It would do wonders for furthering your argument."

    Maybe you should go to school and get an education, too. Typos happen, just like it did in your comment. Self-righteousness can easily be avoided.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Teresa

    EXACTLY! YES! I've been thinking this all along. Glad someone spoke up. I just saw her on the cover of another magazine with an open shirt and her bra showing. What's up with that??!! She's a child.

    John Drews, I'm calling you out LOL Yes, as Christians, we shouldn't judge others. However, that's no excuse for letting your brother or sister in Christ go down the wrong path and say nothing. Just as we are asked of Jesus to be disciples and spread the gospel to unbelievers, we are to help our fellow believers understand what being like Christ means as well. Not in a mean way, but in a loving manner :-)

    August 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Steve

    If anybody wants to make a wager about when Miley will have her meltdown the odds are 20 to 1 for before she turns 19.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  104. really?

    @jen

    amen!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Betty in Pa

    Her parents have been "pimping" her for a while now so nothing they let her do surprises me....I am just glad that my 9 year old granddaughter realizes she is not the sweet girl she pretends to be on Hannah Montana...
    Her parents should be ashamed of themselves , but they really need her to be in the spotlight and since the pictures in Vanity and the one with her "posing" with her dad, she sure can't be considered "innocent"!

    August 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Dave

    But is 16 really a child? Not to me, and I have kids. There was a time when 14yo's got married and started having babies, when boys at 16 were men and working. Am not sure when/how all this nonsense about 15-17 being a "child" and not having enough sense to make the right choices. Maybe it's overprotective parents making all their choices for them and not letting them learn how to be adults. Heck my own mother got married when she was 16. I'm tired of people in that 15-17 range having their actions excused because of their youth and blaming the parents instead.

    "During the Middle Ages, the practice of youthful marriages continued and women married as early as fourteen. Men generally waited until they were more established in life which was usually when they were in their twenties or early thirties. In 1371, due to the plague, the average age at marriage for men was 24, and for women it was 16. By 1427, the average male of all classes did not wed til he was in his mid-30s, usually choosing a bride about half his age. Rich girls seemed to marry at a younger age than poor girls."

    August 12, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Daniel

    I notice that Clara quoted the bible that "said women should be noticed by their character – not their state of undress – ..." but she is doing just that that. she is looking at the clothing she is wareing and judging her. the clothing she wears.. or does not wear.. is not who she is.. its the clothing she wears.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Ben

    Explotiation my foot. What's wrong with you people? Years ago, 60's or 70's, streaking was a hot fad – remember that? Once, some guy streaked on the Academy Awards, the host made a joke and that was it.

    Today, you see Janet Jackson's nipple for a 1,000th/second and the whole world falls apart. Ahhhh the horror. Yes, women have nipples -what'ch gonna do? When Federof was dating (living with) Anna Kournikova he was already in the NHL, she was what? 13-14? Nobody said anything about that. So what!

    At 13 most girls look like girls – but a few are supermodels and entertainers. You don't think they're going to live a different life than the 7th graders in your local junior high school? What planet are you on? On planet earth, sex sells everything.

    Stop trying to impose your standards on others – especially entertainers, if parents don't teach their kids the difference between entertainment and reality, whose fault is that?

    August 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  109. THend

    Lets see maybe the certain outfit she wore could have been different, but let us take a look at our society vs older cultures like europe. In our country we push prude ways upon our people and sex is bad and nudity is bad and etc..... If we look at europe they are a whole lot more relaxed concerning these subjects, and I would know because I lived in Germany for 3 years as a teen in highschool, so growing up there for a little showed me a lot of things, and opened up my eyes. They have far and I mean far less teens getting knocked up, far less pre-martial pregnacies, far less stds and hiv then our country, far less drug problems, far less weirdos messing with young kids. So instead of preaching oh this and that look at ourselves. Also you people talking about GOD, read the bible again. God created us in his own image, so everything we have done here on our world is things he could have done as well or thought of. Also Adam and Eve were naked when first created, GOD didn't see nothing wrong or dirty with the body, it was a work of ART for him, till the soooo called Tree of Knowledge and the apple and the snake being the devil and know they had to cover themselves up. Well men wrote the bible and I think they wanted to hide themselves because GOD knows they weren't very attractive and probably had good looking wives and knew better men were right around the corner.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  110. YOLANDA ROSARIO

    I mean, It should never be in the news.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  111. YOLANDA ROSARIO

    Hey, this is a ridiculous news, shame on you "Showbiz Tonight" I saw it and saw no harm. Nice routine, no stripper stuff going on, the booty shorts, I am 54 yrs I had those pants, guess want ? Marry for 39 yrs, two wonderful and profeccional kids, this should never had in the news

    August 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  112. self-righteous indignation

    Would somebody PLEASE think of the children!

    August 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  113. ll

    My little girl is 11 and wants nothing to do with anything Miley.
    she just states that Miley is Nasty.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Chocolate_Girl87

    OMG you guys are really taking this to a whole new height. I mean first of all I have seen shorts way shorter than that. Those shorts are long compared to the ones I have seen. Secondly ya'll are making the pole thing a little bit too outrageous. I can tell that ya'll don't really get out much because ya'll think that this pole thing is just bizzare. Parents its time to do some homework, take your time and look up pole dancing and see what you would come up with. Then you would see that Miley Cyrus performance was nothing compared to what you would really see in a strip club. I am a young educated "Black Woman" and I see nothing wrong with what she did because I have seen it all and from what I've seen this whole Miley thing is harmless

    August 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Steve

    Really? Everyone is gonna come on here and cry about Miley wearing booty shorts.

    Come on. We all know it sells. Good for her putting out what talents she has to get ahead. You feminists should be proud. She's sticking it to the man. And men are getting what they want too.
    Everybody wins.

    She knows exactly what she's doing just like every other woman that dresses this way. It's like walking into a lions cage with a steak and expecting not to get devoured.

    Really.

    Again, good for her making money and being the best performer she can be.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  116. SJ

    It's a stage production. Lighten up. And that was not pole dancing...she was holding on to it as the ice cream truck pushed across stage. Put it in perspective people.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Positive supporter of Miley

    God has blessed Miley with talent and loving parents. Is that not what should be on all your minds, not the petty interpretations of events and only guessing what she will do next to give you all more fuel to display distructive negative remarks.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  118. kaitlin

    Well sex sells and Miley no matter how young is selling herself and music. No different than young models who think they are sexy and in reality are not, trust me, I know a couple. They use so much make up and dress so provocative that it really doesn't matter and they don't look like themselves. As long as men and girls want them or to be them then they are doing exactly what was intended, sell. I can't believe the idols nowadays. Its sad really and being only 23 I can see what the problems is: Parents. Parents control you kids. I was watching America's got talent and the young girls who dress so their bellies hangout is disgusting, and i am talking about 4/5/6/7/8/9 year olds. So when your kids are walking out of the house half naked don't wonder why ask who they idol, that will give u an answer.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  119. vbabe

    Allt he disney stars are terrible role models! After Miley's photo on vanity fair, the phrase everyone was saying was , "whose to blame?" Miley is brame for wanting to grow up too fast as well as her parents for letting her pose in a suggestive way.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  120. e

    While I completely agree with what you stated in your article, I must point out that the media, as well as the public, only cause a ruckus when the celebrity involved is a young white female.
    Destiny's Child bounced around stage in short shorts, bra tops, belly baring tops, etc. when they were in their late teens. Aaliyah's midriff was always on display when she came onto the scene in her teens as well. Cassie did the same when she made it in her late teens.
    No one claimed they were too sexy. It wasn't until a white girl named Britney Spears showed her belly and danced her ass off did people worry about what was influencing their kids. Same goes for the white girls that have followed her in the tabloids, Christina, Paris, Lindsey, to name a few, and now Miley.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Marian

    I watched the Teen Choice Awards with my 9-year old. Neither one of us saw anything wrong with it until CNN started making a big deal about the pole. It depends how your mind works though. Both my daughter and I never connected the pole with dirty-dancing but safety so she won't fall.

    We are pretty conservative people and I agree with Justin. How your kids turn out is a product of parental involvement. At some point you will not be able to control their peers, media etc. but giving them a good foundation will ensure they will remain firm and steadfast.

    Let's not be too self-righteous and harshly judgmental towards Miley's parents. Drug addicts, anorexic/bulimics, etc sometimes come from the very best families with good intentions.

    Live and let live. Leave the judging to God!

    August 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  122. APPALED

    Really???!!! A stripper pole?! Isn't that child exploitation?

    August 12, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  123. John Drews

    So much judgment from so many people who claim to bebetter "example-setters" for their children than Billy Ray. To all Christians, I refer you to Romans 2:1-16. Instead of casting stones at other parents, focus on parenting your own children and dealing with the reality that skimpy dress on teens is a choice that some are ok with, obviously. Deal with it without judgment, or be as condemned as those wearing such unholy booty shorts.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Annette

    PEOPLE, please be realistic. She is wearing a short pair of shorts! I mean, it's not like she is wearing a bathing suit, like in those "sinful" Miss America pageants!!! What is wrong with a pair of shorts?!

    As long as our society is placing an importance on female "beauty" by holding Miss America/Miss Universe/Miss Teen" pageants, and women are posing for Playboy magazine, etc., there will never be an equal amount of respect for both men and women. Miley Cyrus can't be blamed for this. Women wanting to be beautiful and feminine has been around since the beginning of time. Society as a whole will need to change. It's irrational to be angry about something like a celebrity wearing a pair of short shorts.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Steve

    Only one thing to say about this;

    Sex sells and she is a Disney product....product, not person or child, she is a disney product, solely owned by Disney and promoted and sold as Disney.

    How does the wonderful world of Disney look now? If you havent seen this before from that company then you havent been paying attention.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Teddy Bear

    I saw the video of her performance. She was on an ice cream cart. Looked to me the pole was being used for balance so she would not fall. She was not doing lewd acts with the pole. As far as the shorts..........look around. I took my nieces shopping and that is all there is in stores.

    Too bad we can't all be as perfect as some think they are.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  127. rich

    If there were no market for this... it wouldn't exist...

    Think about it

    August 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  128. stan turecki

    At 16 years of age a 'child' can legally drive a car, consent to marriage in some states, and make a slew of other major life decisions all on their own.

    A pair of booty shorts covers up more than all but the most conservative of bathing suits one would typically see at the local beach, pool or carwash.

    Do we really need to be making 'news' of what a young star is wearing and if that shows proper parenting? Arent there more important issues that can be discussed like children being kidnapped for use as soldiers, or the underaged sex trade?

    August 12, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Kim Henry

    As a parent I was shocked and very disappointed when I saw what she was wearing. Then the pole dance...too much... so inappropriate for anyone performing at a TEEN award show...Fortunately my daughter never even considered dressing like that, so I never had to face this at home. But she would not have gotten to the front door with shorts like that on her body!

    August 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  130. OverEd

    Author: Jessica
    Miley is 16 years old. the girl is grownig up which i think some of you people who left thoghts spuid and needed comments. I loved her performance on the teen chioce awards. Its not like she started to strep when she was on the on the pole. I'm just getting tired of everyone talking smack about her. I'm a big fan of and her dad. and the ones who wont let their daughter watch her are out of thier minds!!!
    Jessica, 19 years old
    ********************************************
    Jessica, have you considered going to school and getting an education? I really would do you a world of good. Then you could comment and not look quite so illiterate. It would do wonders for furthering your argument.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  131. concerned Mom

    Miley looked like a right slut. She's heading the same way has Brittney Spears. And what the heck was Brittney Spears getting an award for? She is no example for any teenage girl. And it's about about time Billy-Ray grew up too, he is mutton dressed up as lamb. And as for Mike Tyson, what a shocker that was to see him there.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Krstyn

    If you think these young girls are pumped out of the Mouse House to be role models you are diluted in your way of thinking. They are for profit to sell lip gloss, lunch kits and hair clips... YOU should be a role model to your children! These girls provide entertainment not moral teaching ... I was a cheerleader in high school and a in college and lived in short shorts my entire life... it didn't turn me into a slut and it never caused an internal moral conflict as my parents raised me with values and respect... spend more time with your kids and stop letting the disney channel raise them and you wont be so angry with Miley Cyrus...

    August 12, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  133. SickOfTheLotOfYou

    To DamitaJo – "...in booty shorts grinding on a stripper pole..." Ummm GRINDING? I hardly think so. She squatted once! nothing like OVER exagerating and LYING to to twist the facts!!! Yep good thing you started your comment with "...a very liberal person..." never would have know it with the way you twisted that around! SARCASM INTENDED. You folks REALLY need to look up pole dancing, you will see the difference. Bunch of idiots.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Jennifer

    This progressive, subtle movement to view younger and younger children as sexual objects has been going on for at least a decade. I find it creepy in a pedophile-way. I mean, what is behind this phenomena? Why is it becoming more and more socially acceptable to 'sexify' children?

    And those persons that say, "Oh come on, Miley Cyrus isn't doing anything wrong!" well............if YOU were trying to get into her pants, would it be considered creepy? Ask yourself that.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Patricia G, Houston, TX

    Okay I just watched before I made this comment on youtube...I have one word to say...SLUTISH! Why for the life of me would a parent allow their teen child to pimp herself like that...too many pals instead of parents....I have a neighbor who is allowing her 16 year old to do the same...it is just a matter of time before she the pal/mother will reap the weeds of that decision....I blame the parents not her...if youknow better you do better....!

    August 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Luke

    Terry: What is immorality? And cite specific base standards please. And why 10 years old? Not 11? Not 26? Do poor decisions stop infiltrating human mammals at a certain age?

    August 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Grace

    I am sixteen years old, only a couple of months older than Miley. I know that she is trying to appeal to girls (and guys) my age and older. Her performance only made me laugh at how immature she was. She has a beautiful body, but this is no way for a sixteen year old to show it off. Yes, in today's culture there is ALOT of pressure for girls my age to dress sexy, act sexy, etc. With Miley's fame and with the great influence she has she has the potential to turn this idea that teenagers should be sex goddesses around. What she did was not only immature, but she was disrespecting herself. If she wants to get an older audiences attention she should learn to respect herself first.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  138. incredulous

    Anyone who has seen this young lady on the talk show circuit knows she is just a wholesome kid. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus guides her career as a sensible parent and to date there are no wild Miley Cyrus stories circulating in the media, so i guess he & his wife are doing something right. I dont understand how covering yourself with a sheet when youve got nothing on is dirty. As for the booty shorts and the pole dancing, grow up. Girls her age since the 60s have worn micro minis, hot pants (theyre called booty shorts now), bikinis or danced provocotively and not turned into sluts. Those that did probably werent taught to have any self pride. Sexy isnt dirty. Dirty is in the eyes of the beholder. We're all sexual, theres nothing wrong with that. To repress that is harmful.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  139. ashley

    i think that every person, no matter what age, has the right to wear clothes they feel comfortable in. Miley can still be a 'role model' for children even if parents do not agree with the clothing choices. I think her outfit fit her. She can pull it off...I mean she is at an awards show, not at church.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  140. kholly87

    Maybe I am a better parent than I thought, because while my 11 year old daughter was watching the show, she called me in to show me how awful she thought it was! Then I overheard her and her 12 year old friend talking not so nicely about it or her.. Maybe Miley's core audience is younger than she wants, but this isn't the best way to go about getting older fans.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  141. Reborn

    Yes. I agree with the writer in the beginning. This is way too inappropriatley. My 7 year old daughter likes to watch the Disney show with Hanna Montana, Now I have second thoughts to allow her to watch someone who should be a role model that is portrayed on a kids television channel. Parents lets keep our little girls, gilrs for as long as we can and teach them how to grow up to be young ladies and respected women. Stop trying to be their "Best Friend" , they have one of those.

    Parenting in Eagan Minnesota

    August 12, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  142. Jaelin

    Are you kidding? I can understand being disappointed about the pole, but not about what she's wearing. Its not even that bad. The girl is 16 years old. Yes, she's an idol, but you have to allow her to be her own person.

    Here ya'll are talking about how she says she a christain and she's "known by the fruit she bears", but you must've missed the part where it says that "he who is without sin cast the first stone". Meaning you shouldn't judge her.

    Yes, there should be a limit to what she does or wears, but who are we to dictate that?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  143. Parent

    @Stephen Falk – This isn't really a story, but there are many self-righteous people who are intent on forcing their version of morality on others. I believe faith is between you and a higher power. But, for a certain group of people, faith is something you codify, regulate and dictate to others. It's sad really. But, to your original question, there are Americans here who do not believe in forcing our morals and religious beliefs on others or casting judgment on non-issues like this. If you read message boards like this one, we're sadly in the minority.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  144. Jodi

    BRAVO HLN! Judging by the comments here, it's encouraging to know that some people actually care what their children do and how they portray themselves. This has nothing to do with religion, it's about what is appropriate for children and the lack of parenting. Kids these days (did I just age my 29-year-old self?) are living in the age of entitlement; their parents make excuse after excuse for everything their kids do or don't do and it's nauseating.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  145. Daisy

    To all the Objectors:
    You are all aware that this is a free country correct? Free to wear any clothes we wish, sing or listen to any music we wish, free to dance as we wish. We are also free to do none of those things is we wish.

    We also have a freedom of religion, and most of your objections seem to be based on Christian values. not everyone in this country is Christian. Some people in this country, find no sexual value in the sight of exposed skin. Some people take no issue with sex at all, and don't consider the encouragement of the topic a bad thing. Some people curse in public with no stigma attached. There are even people free to be in the kkk and have parades. Some people like kittens more than puppies.
    I do not enter in this comment box a single belief of my own, other that it is everyone's right to do as they please, just as it is your right to ignore them if you choose to. Again, this country is based on freedom, nowhere does it say you must be moral, you must be innocent, you must be pure. Let's say she wants to be immoral, or lets say she wants to be a stripper, and at sixteen she's practicing to achieve that goal. She has that right. Again, your moral objections have no place in this country, only in your own home.
    And my last thought, is that as Christians, you are taught that you have no place to judge. Jesus befriended Mary Magdalene, whom you would have likely stoned had you lived in their time. It is not your place to judge. pass your morals to your children, but leave everyone else's children alone.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  146. Al

    I mean...are you serious?? None of you know this girl. She is 16, not 12. I have 2 daughters myself, and while I wouldn't let them walk out of my house with shorts that short, who are you to attack this girl (or her parents') morality. 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone' ... sound familiar? This is nothing more than another example of the hatred (jealousy) that some everyday people direct at stars.

    Funny thing is, 9 times out of 10, it's the parents who claim 'no child of mine will engage in that behavior!' whose kids end up being ringleaders of outrageous behavior! And all this crap about pole dancing!? Are you serious??? Get off your high horses!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  147. DefconDan

    OK look people let's just all take a rest with your "outrage" over booty pants or "pole dancing" and Vanity Fair pictures and the like; she's an entertainer, a child entertainer but an entertainer nonetheless. Yes she does have parents and we could ENDLESSLY debate over how either she's growing up too fast, or dresses too provocatively, or maybe even how terrible it is that children are allowed to be entertainers at all given the sometimes horrible consequences of their fame, but she's there to entertain. She's NOT up there to be your child's role model (regardless of what Miley herself would like to think). You know why she shouldn't be your kid's role model? BECAUSE IT'S YOUR JOB PARENTS, not the TV or the radio or the Internet. Want to disagree with her choices or her parent's choices, fine, you're free to do that. But this whole "outrage" nonsense is pointless; you as a parent need to do YOUR JOB to limit the choices of YOUR children. And quite frankly, I'm a little scared of the decisions you guys will make given that some of you think the Vanity Fair pictures were risque. But again, it's your choice to decide for your own kids; please stop wasting news cycles expressing your "outrage" and do something about it for your kids if you deem it so "harmful". The rest of us will make our own decisions and judgments.

    PS The way these issues flare up nowadays, it's only a matter of time before we start talking about MacArthurian tactics of blacklisting people. What's next America? A good old fashion book burning? A few Scarlet Letters handed out? It's the 21st century people, let's start trying to ACT ACCORDINGLY.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  148. skullnrose

    Wow ... how silly all you folks are that ban her from your children. Go to a mall or better yet a beach ...and see what the 16 year olds are wearing.... Your way over protective people!!! It's not like her arse was hangin out of her daisy dukes.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  149. Justin DQ

    Miley Cyrus is an entertainer/singer so she can do whatever she wants or wears whatever she likes on stage. If you don't like it then don't watch it. Also, leave her parents alone. Are you really perfect parents? Don't judge people if you don't even know them. I'm NOT a Miley Cyrus's fan, but I have 2 young kids. We all watched the show and thought it was OK, because I always teach my kids "what people do on stage or movie is only to entertain us, and we don’t want to copy them everyday.” Spending more time with your kids instead of blaming on somebody else. Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Madonna, or Adam Lambert, Eminem, Prince, etc. they are entertainers, not God. I will never blame them for my kids’ behaviors in the future. I’m so tired of people want Miley Cyrus to be like this or to be like that… Leave the poor girl alone and spend more time with your kids. Have you told your kids that you love them today?...

    August 12, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  150. G Fuller

    I have grown kids and did not think her performance was as terrible as people are saying. I do think that they are trying to bridge the gap between being a child star and an adult. Many child stars kept being a child in performances so long that they were never accepted as an adult. Possibly they should have waited another year to do this with her. The pole....I thought it was just something on which to hang on! Over all, it was no big deal but is going to give her lots of publicity and make the kids want to watch her even more!!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  151. jerry

    My little girl doesn't pay any attention to Cyrus, and if she did I'd forbid it. Cyrus is going down the same road as did Brittiny Spears, Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton, and such. And it's because parents are letting it happen. After all, people like this wouldn't be popular if people were watching. Meanwhile, parents scratch their butts and wonder why their kid is screwing, doing drugs, prego, and on the way to destroying their future by the time they're 16. It's like South Park's 'Stupid Spoiled Whore' play set is for real and being distributed not to kids, but to parents along with a coupon for morning after pills for their brat. I work with a 15 and a 16 year old who's parents supply them with birth control pills when they should be giving out a good kick in the a$$, all because they're too damn lazy to assert themselves and say 'no'.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  152. Janice

    Gosh people don't be such critics! If her parents are ok with what she does why does it concern you so? If you need a role model for your kids then you should never look toward a celebrity. Miley is doing what most of the people around her are doing. Yes, she should be her own individual but the culture she is in defies that. MONEY is the name of the game in all walks of life. Celebrity means more money and more people sticking their noses where they don't belong. Get a life folks and get out of Miley's!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For myself I can't believe I'm actually responding to this. Guess I need a life too.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  153. Starla

    The real issue here is the fact that she has many 6, 7, 8, 9 , 10 year old girls that watch her. NOT just teenagers. They learn the words to her songs and the second line has the word, "sex" in it. Not sure if you know anything about kids, but that's pretty ridiculous for a 7 year old to be singing "sex."

    Role models, people. She's making enough money that she can still earn a paycheck without looking like she's 25 years old. That's all anyone is saying.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  154. DamitaJo

    I consider myself a very liberal person, and my parents never imposed strict restrictions on me, but when I was Billy Ray Cyrus's 16 year old daugheter on stage in booty shorts grinding on a stripper pole in front of other young kids on Nickelodeon, it made me stop in my tracks! I'm all for free expression and growing up on your own terms, but that was very unnecessary. At least when Madonna pushed the bounds of sexual expression in the 80's, she was a full grown adult. Miley will regret that performance someday when she is old enough to have some perspective.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  155. Ben

    Ahhh the horror!!! Miley in booty shorts! So what? The difference is, Miley is a professional entertainer – a legitimate job. You were just a girl at a school dance – big difference. I hope you don't live in Rhode Isalnd – where the legal age to strip is 15 (as long as you're home by 11 p.m.). Do you expect her to work for Disney all her life? My kids know what entertainment is, it's fun – but they don't act like that in real life just like you don't see Miley dressed like that on the street.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  156. Parent

    @Terry – Thanks for making the cosmic leap from a teen pop star's dance routine to teen pregnancy and HIV. That was impressive.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  157. Letch

    Yummy.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  158. Mike

    Parent 1st, friends when the kids are out of the house and into their lives...Booty shorts aren't going away but as peeps we should monitor our own house and hopefully the kids will be better for it.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  159. Bob

    When are most of you people, you know who you are you are trying to tell me how to live my life again, going to quit. Personally I do not care what your religion is, nor do I wish to hear all about it. I have my beliefs and I live by them as I see fit, so please don’t tell me how to live it. Now if you think this past statement has nothing to do with what everyone here is arguing about then you might want to read the comments again. Ms. Cyrus was wearing nothing extreme or showing nor was she doing anything sexual with the stage props, yet most of you immediately thought she was. I have a 19 and 17 year old girls who know how to dress correctly and yes they have shorts like those worn by Ms. Cyrus. I remember way back to the 70’s and 80’s, they shorts where even smaller then. Please keep in mind the Ms. Cyrus is a well known entertainer and she will appear as needed to entertain you the viewing public. If you find she is offensive then perform your right and change the channel. Yes you have the right to say how bad you thought she was but you do NOT have the right to tell me what I think about it so please stop doing so.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  160. Matt

    Puh-leez! Enough with the uptight neo-cons out there. It's entertainment – if you have a problem with it, stop watching TV. If it's offensive to you, turn the channel. Stop imprinting all of your self-righteous views on everyone else! After all, living by "The Word" hasn't stopped the priests from enjoying the choir boys in their churches.

    Mind your own business and leave everyone else alone. Unless it's affecting you directly, keep your morality where it belongs – in your own home.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  161. SickOfTheLotOfYou

    Oh give me a break! If you grew up in the 70's like most of you have women you wore halter tops and tube tops and if you say you didn't no one is going to believe you!! Those are NOT "booty" shorts, you have NO CLUE what booty shorts are and she wasn't pole dancing! Do you even know what pole dancing is? it's doubtful. here's a little piece of information...if you honestly believe even for 1 single split second that your perfect little angelic daughters are NOT wearing tight pants, and belly shirts and short shorts then you are as ignorant as the day is long!!! They may dress that way when they walk out the door and you can see them, but guaranteed, they're not staying dressed that way.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  162. Terry

    If more parents paid attention to what their children are doing there would be a lot less teen pregnancies, HIV and STD transmission. Parents have gotten lazy and let their CHILDREN make decsions that 30 years ago would have gotten that child a severe punishment. Immorality is rampant in America and it starts at 10 or younger

    August 12, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  163. Parent

    @Matt T: Nicely said.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  164. Stephen Falk

    Americans debate THE most ridiculous nonsense.
    Why the hell is this even a story?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  165. Dean Sellers

    Why is it that people get so upset about some skin showing, however the same people rarely complain about violence on TV?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  166. christy

    Thank God there are parents out there who do care what their daughters wear. I hold Disney to a higher standard than I do Nickelodeon. Disney represents "wholesome" and family friendly. I am sure Ol Walt is rolling in his grave at what has become of his namesake. I can say that I have no daughters of my own, just two young sons....however, walking into a department store....including Wal-Mart, and you can't miss the huge mass of girls clothes compared to the small section for boys, and it looks like a store for hookers. Even high heeled stilleto hooker boots and shoes. My parents would have died before they would have bought that stuff for me. Short shorts, low cut blouses and a whole wardrobe I would expect a call girl or hooker to wear. And parents buy into because it has Hannah Montana on it, or her label, and these girls are growing up faster and faster. Parents buy into this stuff and turn a blind eye to what is going on or what the message is just because it is in a "cute" kids show packaged by Disney or Nick. Believe me, it's just as hard to keep boys wholesome as well with half dressed teenage girls every where you look with breasts, too much midriff, and butt hanging out of low-rise jeans–and thongs! And those are the girls in 6th grade! And yes, to the person who commented about Wal-Mart not selling something that would be deemed unworthy for kids....if they can make a buck selling Hannah Montana....they would sell their souls to do it. I feel Hannah Montana is a lie and I am tired of watching the moms selling their daughters short.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  167. Rose

    The word that jumps out at me is not Christian, but exploited. If Miley's parents had not allowed her to perform the routine, I'm sure the producers of the show would have found some other willing tween starlet, and in turn exploit all our kids. I'm glad that we no longer have cable, so that my 7 year-old daughter did not have to be exposed to this inappropriate material on a show that is supposed to be meant for kids. Let's just all turn off this garbage.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  168. Jessica

    Miley is 16 years old. the girl is grownig up which i think some of you people who left thoghts spuid and needed comments. I loved her performance on the teen chioce awards. Its not like she started to strep when she was on the on the pole. I'm just getting tired of everyone talking smack about her. I'm a big fan of and her dad. and the ones who wont let their daughter watch her are out of thier minds!!!

    Jessica, 19 years old

    August 12, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  169. kurt

    Waaahhhh! She does not care what you people think if you dont want your kids to watch her dont let them. She makes more money than you could imagine and couldn't care less of what you think of her you dont know her so dont judge her

    August 12, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  170. Matt T

    So haw many of you complaining about Miley Cyrus watch that abomination Jon & Kate Exploit 8 and see nothing wrong with it ?

    Just thinking some of the self righteousness here could be dissipated with a small hand mirror.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  171. chloe1469

    If you're old enough to drive, you're old enough to wear booty shorts!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  172. Geni

    People, she is a 16 year old girl! The next 10 years will probably be the only time in her life she can get away with wearing stuff like that. If you have the body to pull it off – DO IT! And by the way – just because you look/dress a certain way – that does not depict what kind of PERSON you are! If you see someone dressed like that and you automatically think "loose" then you should be ashamed for being so judgmental. I would much rather see 16 year old girls who are in great shape wearing that, than the 20 and 30 something’s who try it and look like they should be wearing moo-moos!! And there are plenty of them out there. GET OVER IT! (and why don’t we have a heated debate about, oh, I don’t know, world hunger or world peace.) Why don’t you all expend your energy complaining about something USEFUL!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  173. Bonni

    She could be on a slippery slope to unhappiness. Here's hoping she does nothing she can't live down. Cute does not last forever.

    I am so thankful for strict parents. When I was growing up, I felt that they were entirely too hard on me. I was not allowed to wear revealing clothes anywhere. Thanks Mom and Dad for caring enough to keep me safe and encouraging me to seek a rewarding education. You were wise beyond belief. I parented to my son the way you parented to me.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  174. Marie McCluskey

    Tiffany you need to take some spelling and english classes and Ian thank you for pointing that out.

    That being said. I agree 100% with the article.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  175. Chris

    I am very surprised at what you people call dancing around a pole. No pole dancing was going on. Yes what she was wearing may have been inappropriate but this stuff about her pole dancing is stupid. Apparently no one learned their lesson by putting pressure on our young stars. Granted they have a choice but the rest of us could chose to stop judging... By the way the Bible says that also to all you other hipocrits out there that chose only portions of the bible to follow.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  176. Crystal

    Ok, first of all, I think that there was nothing wrong with the way she was dressed. If you go into any retail store that is just how short the shorts are made. That is why they are called shorts. And she was not pole dancing. Some of people like to blow things out of the water and make a huge thing over nothing. And if the parents are so worried about the Miley thing, why are we not making a big deal out of what movies were voted. Um I do believe the hangover was R rated and I had to show my ID to get in. Everyone needs to chill out and not worry about what other people are doing. And FYI all these good Christians, just to let you know it is not right to judge people that is God's job and not yours!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  177. L.

    Wow, I wasn't aware of this at all. I am sure there were other ways she could have been singing onstage. This not being one of them. My daughter, who is almost 14, would probably be shocked to see this and I would have had to turn it off if her younger sister had been watching. You wanna be a superstar like that? Wait until you're an adult, or better yet, 21. Enjoy being a young lady for awhile because being an adult is not that great sometimes. Young ladies should have fun, hang with their girls, go shopping, go to theme parks and go on the waterslides, travel, see movies, see art pieces and paintings, hold and pet their favorite animals, you know? Fun stuff. Save this other stuff for later. You become an adult all too soon. And now, being almost 39, I am trying to see my daughter's life through her eyes, and I want her to have fun, to know that boys can wait until later, that a young woman should be true to herself and can be smart and funny in her own right. That getting good grades is awesome and worth it when she graduates. That maybe when she finds a job that she loves it's because her dreams kept her going that way and that she did this because she worked hard at studying every night even though she really wanted to go on the computer , or read a book, or be with her dog, or just hang with her sister. Her father and I have been with her every step of the way, to guide her and so far she is doing really well. She knows all this other stuff is for girls who don't have a strong image of themselves or who don't have a good team behind them. Every teen that I have met wants to be listened to, wants to feel appreciated, and and wants to feel that they are somebody. All too often in the high schools, there are those kids that try to pull them down and make them feel less than they are. Which is wrong because every kid deserves a chance. If they blow it, then they need to learn from that. I've been a substitute teacher for two years and I've seen how they are. The students are funny, smart and need to know their boundaries. Because it doesn't end when you graduate. There are rules out there for the rest of your life. So, be yourself, but know the limits. I hope Miley Cyrus will look at this and figure this out as something that doesn't really reflect who SHE is. Thanks for letting me write. :)

    August 12, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  178. Bianca

    I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. I'm in my 20"s and went to high school during he Britney/X-Tina era and the clothes were worse. Even the uniforms the cheerleading team and dance team wore were skimpier than what Miley wears. I see young girls all the time wearing minis and short shorts and obviously parents are buying it for them because they don't make their own money. Miley is a teen, yes a teen superstar, but still a teen. She's dated oler guys and due to her lifestyle she probably feels older than she really is. I think her performance was all right fo the teen set. If all of tthe parents on the boards, want to complain, complain about those tweens and other teens in the audience wearing next to nothing and putting their bodies on display. You can only worry about your own children and set your own rules, you cannot dictate he entertainment world. If you don't want your children to see it, then cut off the TV, homeschool, and get rid of the internet.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  179. Martha

    I agree with most of the above comments. I have grand daughters and they look up to her. I really wish they wouldn't. Miley's parents are not showing good parenting skills. This also shows how bad our morals have gotten for this to be O.K.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  180. kp

    sorry...my mom told me not to wear the outfits to and obliged until i left the hosue and changed my clothes in hide of her....kids will be kids....

    August 12, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  181. Thomas

    Its the new generation people. Back in the day your parents were sayin the same thing about how you looked. 30 years from now the kids of 2day will be complaining about wut there children are wearing. I would think by now generation fads would be accepted. Its part of being young. Get use to it cuz were generation NOW and were takin over!!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  182. Dan

    Just the broad range of replies from left-wingnuts to right-wingdings on something like this is pathetic. Some people see the video and think she is some Jezebel who is working for Satan to destroy your child's morals and send them straight to hell. Other people sound like player-haters, and their comments reflect their own pathetic lack of accomplishments, so they make extremely judgmental statements that are just silly and without merit. Since I am so overweight and out of shape, isn't it just a sin they let a 16yr old wear shorts..omg did you see she had her had on a umbrella pole....she is just selling sex. That is just laughable.

    Did she dress inappropriately? No. I have seen many girls at church youth groups in similar attire, and its everyday where in schools. Not only that, she has not shown any naked flesh, much less flesh than one would see on a beach. If you think a bra strap makes someone look like a slut or turns someone into a rapist, you need to wake up to reality and reason and leave the fairy tales to toddlers. Naked midriff is scandalous? Where exactly does it say in any bible, that the human body is something to be hidden or ashamed of? Most would rather let their children see someone get their head chopped off, than let them see a naked person...in a non-sexual way. Hmmm, head chopped off or a breast...oh man what a hard decision-that breast just might traumatize my child for life or turn them in a rapist or whore. That sounds reasonable and logical to me, doesn't that sound right to you? See what I mean? Probably not.

    Should young girls wear clothes with written on the rear? No, for obvious logic reasons. People are seeing words, looking at them, and in that manner, your daughter has people of all ages and types looking at her butt. Using an kids butt to advertise is just plain wrong.

    Miley is probably the best female role model to come along in many years. All her work and her presentation of herself has always been done in a good light. Her parents do not let her run amok, and for a girl who has everything, is made to live in some ways like every other child. She doesn't live in Hollywood, she lives on a ranch or farm.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  183. disgusted reader

    come on guys, miley cyrus is a teenager, yes, she's dressing inappropriately, but seriously, if you have an issue about it dont let your daughters dress like her. a role model doesnt need to dress conservative to still be a role model. What about all these mothers putting there toddlers in pagents and putting makeup on them and making them look older?!! thats exploting children. Go after there parents for doing that. I think a teenager should be able to wear what they want to a certain extent. Miley wasnt naked and she was far from being barely naked. come on. let her be herself. If you want to be disgusted with someone be disgusted with pagent moms who make there 3 year olds look like mini 20 year olds.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  184. pixelslut

    You dont have anything better to whine about and/or criticize than a teenager in booty shorts dancing on a pole?

    Ok that aside...

    FTA:

    "When you are 14 to 17, you are too young to know what the right thing is to do in certain situations. That is why your parents are there to guide you. You may not like what they have to say – and parents, you may not like saying it, but it needs to be done."

    And what if the child disagrees? An adult maybe not, but capable of forming their own opinions, they are indeed. And regardless of what you as a parent **attempt** to instill or force upon them they are going to do what they want to do punishment be damned.

    "Good" kids dont do the right thing because their parents say so, they do the right thing because they agree it is the right thing to do. There is indeed something to be said for letting your children know what **YOU** believe is the right thing, but lets not be retarded, it doesnt mean they will agree nor does it mean they are going to do it.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  185. Boogie

    Thank you for your stuffy "holier than though" opinion.
    In many countries women are married and taking care of families at 16...get over it. In biblical times 14 was the average age of a bride.
    Not all women mature at the same rate. That is true.
    But to say that this girl's parents are somehow less capable than your precious mother because her 17 year old daughter wears a skimpy outfit on stage...is at the least arrogant, judgmental and condescending to the young women who do mature faster than you did.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  186. DinoBoy

    She's 16, going on 35. Making hay while the sun shines...

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  187. Keith, La Rioja, Spain

    I wish people would stop being so hypocrit.
    It all comes down to big money – not whether the teenager be this that or the other, or whether parents be guardian angels or whatever.
    Mass audiences lap it up and dollars roll into bank accounts.
    That is the so important thing – not hypocritical moral values which just jump up and hit you in the face.
    So another Marylin, another Britney, another Lindsay, another Mischa, another – What the heck!
    Aaaaagh! you Americans, you really get me...

    August 12, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  188. Jen

    I'm sorry, but I think you are all over analyzing this whole situation. If you've watched the teen choice awards in the past you've seen the pussy cat dolls perform strip routines and brittany spears do what brittany does. I am not a miley cyrus fan by any means but the only thing that girl is guilty of is a bad performance. I've worn shorts that same length since I was 5 and never recieved a single negative comment about them. As long as they cover your butt, they're not "booty shorts". This forum isn't even discussing a real issue, let the girl wear shorts.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  189. bubblehead

    First , Why is anyone of the minority here shocked that the conservative crowd is jumping on this poor girl and family. We come from puritans who left england to become more conservative here.
    Second.
    Let us not forget that your morral belief is your belief do not impose it on others. as for the christian comments, I thought to be a christian was if you believed in christ as a savior and blah blah blah. to indicate that a girl wearing shorts, yes thats what they are shorts is anything less morral is crazy. do you think your 15 to 17 year old daughters wouldn't where the same thing. you are disalusioned . At 16 she is 2 years from being an adault and leagaly being on her own, let her make some controlled choices and intercede only when it is required let her take the bumps and bruises from her choices that is how we learn. but get off you sactimonious high horse. this is pathetic.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  190. lsu_momma

    I was 1 of 3 girls and i tested the boundaries of clothing and what-not when i was her age. And i am so thankful now that my parents didn't let me dress provocatively or ahead of my age! I was taught to respect my body!

    You have to consider that there are also "perverts" out there that are looking at these young girls not as young girls, but as sexual things! Why do you want to subject your child (no matter what age) to that. I'm 24 and I still don't want some man to look at me that way! And I DEFINABLY wouldn't want someone looking or thinking of my daughter in that way! Why do you think there are so many people with this "problem" of child abuse and porn addiction? Maybe because there are people who are feeding the fire!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  191. Matt

    Based on the logic of the majority of comments, there are a bunch of teenagers around our country swimming in pools with full wet suits on....otherwise we would have to question the character of the teens wearing bathing suits and ultimately their parents. A one piece bathing suit shows more than what Miley is sporting in the above picture. I have an idea...lets make them wear clothes that drape over their bodies and maybe some headgear of some type to cover their hair and face.......

    August 12, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  192. c7

    Thank you Carla, we as Christians are supposed to be different to stand out as Christ...Miley is a bit confused bless her I think she is not being taught the word...We are in the world not of it..I can't tell the difference her behavior is just like the world...poor little girl lost...

    August 12, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  193. OverEd

    Nasiha wrote:....thinking she accomplished something amazing. And then she continued on to thanking God for putting her where she is….last time I checked I don’t think God would have put her on a stage half naked, her bra exposed, dancing around a pole.....
    ********************************
    So, how often do you check with God? Must be nice to have a direct line like that. Can we contact you so that we know just what God is thinking?
    Look Miss, I have three little girls and that is not something I would have them wearing, however, and these are big howevers: 1) What has God got to do with any of this?; 2) You can turn the channel; 3) Her parents were there. Whether you agree with their decision or not it is THEIR decision – not yours, not God's, theirs.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  194. Indiana NE

    I agree. Totally inappropriate for a teen to be acting out as a stripper in front of other teens at a televised teen awards show. What were the producers thinking? What were the parents/child thinking (yes, a child until at least 18 or maybe 25 depending on the kid) What kind of role model is she setting? I will not let my kids watch or listen to any of her music. As a father, my child would not be seen like that, especially as a celebrity with all these whacko types out there. It's sad that kids and girls in particular do not have better role models on stage/film. The writer mentions the mother – but the father should be just as accountable as the mother.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  195. Kim

    Normally, I agree whole heartedly with the fact that parents let their kids dress inappropriately. But in this case...OMG, did any of you even watch the show. I watched it because of all the pre-press about Miley's "pole" performance. What she did was hold onto a pole on top a cart, so the cart could be pushed and she wouldn't fall off...the 2 shots on here look provocative, but if you actually watched it it wasn't provocative at all.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  196. Jesse L

    Yet another example of the point I express every time an article about parenting comes up here.

    Most people shouldn't be allowed to procreate. Why? Look at the horrible job most parents are doing. We're raising a nation of idiots.

    I fully admit that I'd be a horrible father–I'm way too selfish to dump my time and money down the black hole that is proper childcare. I'm the kind of guy who won't attempt something if he *knows* he can't do it right...and childcare is something that MUST be done right. So I do the right thing by not bringing more humans into the world.

    Problem is, most people don't think like that. They keep squeezing more people out with little or no regard to the consequences both to themselves and the rest of the world.

    Bottom line is this: you show me Miley Cyrus pole dancing at sixteen, and I'll show you a great example of how U.S. parents are complete and utter failures.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  197. Alvin

    So true.
    So reminds me of the Spice Girls. They trying to impose Girl Power while wearing skimpy clothing.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  198. Hannah

    I think Miley went a little too far at the TCA's. Her audience was full of teens and kids and she is too young to act that way. She is turning into nothing but a sex symbol and completely abandoning her young fans for this "hot " image. I used to like her but I am a little turned off by this, I think maybe I've just liked Hannah Montana the character rather than Miley herself. She is 16, she cannot act like Britney spears because she is not their age, she doesn't understand that though.

    I think teen's should forget her, because she's going downhill fast. Better and more talented role models like Taylor, Selena and Demi deserve all the good buzz Miley has been given.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  199. george - nj

    It always amazes me when entertainers and professional athletes bring up God or Jesus when reflecting on their successes as if to say we wouldn't be where we're at if it wasn't for them. Give me a break! You're either born with talent or you're not...it's not God-given. Training's important, too, but the talent has to be there for it to come out. Why is it that athletes thank God when they win but don't thank Him when they lose. Strange! OBTW, singers and athletes should not be looked at as role models that responsibility belongs to parents, family members, and perhaps teachers because they touch the lives of children daily. Entertainers entertain the masses and that's it!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  200. aroundtheblock

    Sixteen is not a child. In my mother's generation, most girls were married by age 20, with many getting married at 18. Most girls have sexually matured by 16 - they are not undeveloped children.

    Kids are tired of the double standards. Its OK to act and look like a slut screwing around before marriage as long as you are an adult, while kids are supposed to be Amish. If what Miley had on is OK if she were 18, it is fine for her at 16. If its slutty at 18, then its slutty at 16. Immodesty is just like smoking - its wrong at any age. Incidentally, I saw nothing wrong with the way she was dressed in the picture - I didn't see the show.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  201. Michael

    Give it a rest. She's 16. She can be married in a bunch of states and certainly have consensual sex as well in most states. 16 year old boys enlisted in the military to protect this country in WWII. At 16 you can quit school (granted a bad choice, but still a legal choice). Maybe you people havent looked out there, but the crowd wanting kids to stay kids for a long time later preach about how Gen Y is irresponsible. One or the other. While you are at it, you may want to remember that the other countries aren't telling their kids what you are. You know what? We are getting passed by. Time to accept some sacrifice. Time to step up to the plate. Time to let Miley do what she needs to to win. Maybe you should do the same.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  202. Vanessa

    Ok, I don't think its a good idea for a teenager to dance up on stage in hot pants and boots, much less when she is doing a pole dance.. however, we do also have to keep in mind: a child is innocent and does not see what we are so upset about! When teenage girls wear short skirts, hot pants, heels... its not about being sexy. They don't think the same things an adult does when it comes to these things. Yes, we as parents need to teach them that there are certain things "you just don't do"... but do it in a way that explains the reason to the child, not just scold. A teenage girl in hot pants is not a sex object until we adults make her one.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  203. c7

    Thank you for this it is about time someone speaks out about the youth of today and the parents who are pals instead of parents. This laxed attitude is why so many grow up to think everthing is okay as long as it does not hurt anyone. It does though it hurts us all...First of all I also blame the awards for allowing this so called act to even take place...a stripper pole are you kidding me??? A 16-17 yr. old on a pole...what next posing nude for playboy...I see it coming...probably with her dad YUCK! This kid use to be a nice little girl,but now looks like will do anything for $$$ and a little to grown for her britches...

    August 12, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  204. Barry

    People.

    This is a business, and has nothing to do with parenting. For the past 3 days, this Miley act has been all over the news. Trust me, I get the reasons for not letting my children do what she did, and why it is wrong, but promotion, promotion, promotion. That's what sells records, that's what sells merch. That's what helps make this girl even more popular. And when one of the largest news networks in the work continues to talk about this, good or bad, people are going to look into it. Let's talk about Vanity Fair.... that was over a year ago? AND WE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT IT. Understand? Oh, her movie is also about to come out on DVD, soooo.... doesn't it all make sense why this was allowed to happen?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  205. May

    John, I hope you never have a daughter. As Chris Rock said "My 1 job as a father is to keep her off the pole". Your kid will be working at Hooters before she gets out of high school. Not a good look.

    And to the person who said that the pole was just there for balance...Are you crazy? PLEASE!!!! They should have put some tennis shoes on her if that was the case. The pole was to tittilate, and that was exactly what she did.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  206. James

    She is nothing more than trailer trash! Sure she may be loaded but trash is still trash!

    I am a Flight Attendant and have had both of them on Flights and they act rude to people. They talk down to people. They both are demanding. There is NO class in either one of them!

    Tash doesn't fall from from the tree!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  207. Miguel Garcia

    Does this still surprise people in the year 2009!? You raise your child however you want. Be a responsible parent and don't try to make excuses concerning what your child sees or wears by pointing fingers at other parents children.

    If it were my children I would instill in them the mindset of inappropriateness concerning what they're seeing and provide "good" examples of appropriateness. Don't let the media be the boss. Your the parent take charge!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  208. cindy

    I agree what type of parents would let their daughter dress like that..and look at all of her young fan's most her age.and alot younger..now how can their parents even have their kids even look at this type of idol.i say this little star is growing up much too fast . maybe BILLY should step aside and let her mother try. non more can go wrong..Billy shame on you you should have learned by now but than you may too need some growning-up to do too, or maybe it's all money so do what you have to do honey... GET REAL!!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  209. JB

    First of all the girl doesn't have any booty!!!! Next, stop brainwashing the young kids out here that Miey and other celebrity teens and adults pave the way for us. Help the young folks understand how to be leaders instead of followers!!! I think once we come to grips that everyone has their own paths, we won't worry so much about a skinny teen in some booty shorts with no booty!!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  210. Jonathan

    That cute gal is just trying to take it from michael jackson kid.....talent.....fame....fortune....madness.....and finally...Oh !!!!!!! give me a break ,I cant say the last one.
    IT is the cycle of music and early success.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  211. Parent

    @Tired of ignorance – I'm calling you a hypocrite and I'm using proper grammar while doing it. What's your point other than attempting to appear superior to others?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  212. Treva

    I too agree with the writer. I am a high school teacher and am constantly AMAZED at how parents let their kids walk out the door in the moring. I don't mind high heels, I understand they are fashionable and the kid's feet will pay for it as they age. But some of the outfits i have seen belong more in a adult video than algebra class. How can you do chemistry with your boobs hanging out? They are not only distracting themselves, but everyone around them! I really think that stars like Miley and Jessica are distorting young minds. They prmote their christianity and then get half naked in public. It gives the kids an excuse to do it to. What happened to the young stars like Minica and Beyonce/ Yeah, they sex it up now but you NEVER saw them in inappropriate outfits when they were underage. Miley's parents needs to talk to Mr & Mrs Knowles.

    I still consider myself "young", but was horrified as I listened to the radio yesterday. The 5 song the dj played (in a row) were all about sex! And i am not talking , "i want to make love to you", I am talking "birthday sex, up & down, spread your legs, second boyfriend, etc". I was HORRIFIED! The music no longer talks about committment, it is all about one night stands. I had to change the station! This is what the kids listen to all day. And we wonder why the come to school looking like Pamela Anderson.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  213. Mike

    By the way, the Miley Cyrus brand generated $100 million last year.

    That is why her parents were clapping.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  214. fatherintx

    I am the father of a soon-to-be 4 year old girl, and my wife is pregnant with our second daughter. Parenting is hard work! Yes, I will play an active role in pushing for a conservative wardrobe when my daughters are teens, before leaving for college. Yes, fashion trends are ever changing, evolving, recycling, etc. Hopefully by the time they're teens, conservative wear will be "in". But I don't think it's very smart for a teenage girl (under 18) to bare her midriff, wear transparent shirts, etc. Your wardrobe is still a reflection of who you are, isn't it? Our teens are thinking that being cute must mean low necklines, and too-too short skirts and shorts....we can draw the line, at least in our own homes.

    Yes, Miley Cyrus is a marketable commodity – a trademark, a business symbol, a corporate entity. But she's also a role model to so many young girls. Shouldn't she try and tone it down just a little? I think so.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  215. EP

    Yes – parents are responsible for what their child or children wear. We are living in a society where skin is shown at an early age. There are a lot of temptations in this world. Please do not make your child or children grow up so fast. In time they will be adults and while they are young please advise them what is appropriate to wear.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  216. Mike

    Everyone asks: "Why does Miley dress like that?"I

    It's about the money. She is growing up a superstar, which means the age 15 actually equals 25. Miley is done being a little girl and wants to be a woman. Same thing happened with Britney and Christina.

    Parents have to be involved more than ever in this day and age because the media has no limits, only wants your money, and will try anything to get it (which includes a 16 year old girl dancing around like a stripper).

    August 12, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  217. Bob Camp

    At 16 years old, Miley is actually a young woman now according to the laws in many states. It really wasn't as trashy as everyone is making it out to be. Plus, entertainers always wear things that normal people wouldn't wear.

    Having said that, she should realize that her audience is younger than her and will want to dress like her. Maybe tone it down a tiny bit.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  218. Denise

    My 14 and 17 yr old daughters were watching the Teen Choice Awards the other night and called me into the room with "Mom, come look at Miley, she is dancing around a pole" and "look at those short shorts!". Even they thought it was inappropriate. It reminds me of when Brittany Spears was younger and came out dancing wearing what looked like her underwear...as were here dancers. My husband to this day refers to Brittany and her underwear dancers.

    I am a pretty permissive mother, I've shopped at Limited Too, Justice, etc. and some if not most of their clothes back when my daughters were 7-8 yrs. old were downright trampy. I even bought a few outfits(the tamest version) but dancing around a pole, wearing short shorts and high heel boots looks trashy. What kind of image is she trying to portray? Teenage call girl?

    Time for the parents to think about their daughter's reputation vs. the money she is making for them parading around.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  219. meme

    BOOTY SHORTS???

    In my day,we called them short shorts, in the 80's called Daisy Dukes.
    Have any of you people been to a junior high or high school lately?
    This is what is being market and sold to your children and all of you holier than thou people have children that wear these clothes. That is why Kohl's, Penneys etc sell these things like hotcakes. Your childs role model should only be you, not a teen singer , football player or Twightlight actor.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  220. Luke

    Kirsten: Why does thanking god have to pertain to christianity? Why not Thor? Poseidon? Shiva?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  221. Parent

    @texas: How do you know she has already had sex? Or are you just speculating to satisfy your narrow mind? And what business is it of yours if she has?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  222. Heather

    Anyone remember Madonna? I idolized her and dressed (for fun) like her and OHNO I am a grownup mother of 2 boys with a respectable family and career. My Parents taught me morals, manners and how to handle myself. This is a media driven world- notice we are all commenting instantaneously about this and guess what?- the next scandle will be in about 5 min. The funny part is I didn't see this clip but thanks to the original critic I now will be going to find it to see what all the nonsense is about. So she is just fanning the flames and helping Miley's career for free. So good girl Miley- have fun and just be careful. Just like we all did when we were kids.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  223. Julian

    as to the excuse of using the pole for balance or safety, well, did other performers use it for that reason?

    August 12, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  224. Scott

    This article is missing a point-according to my knowledge (which may be very well wrong), Miley's mother isn't as involved in her life as her father, none other than Mr. Achy Breaky Heart Billy Ray Cyrus. This guy's IQ might actually be in the single digits, he has no talent of his own, and is now living vicariously through his daughter's career. That's why this is allowed to happen. Both parents need to be involved in parenting their child, and the irresponsibility I see every day in this regard is frightening. You have a kid, you step up to the plate and do your job. Period. Democrat, Republican, Rock Star, Auto Worker, Academic, Doctor, whatever. If you're a parent, then there's someone else in the world that matters more than you.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  225. jim robbins

    it just shows how utterly uneducated/uncultured this society of ours is

    August 12, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  226. Eric

    Teenagers think "it's cool", "it's showing who's the boss". Older, more experienced people, think "it's cheap", "it's degrading".

    August 12, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  227. John

    I just went and watch the video...ummm booty shorts? I think you people need to go to a public beach, this was freaking nothing....

    August 12, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  228. Larry

    Her parents will not say anything for fear of being cut out of her billion dollar fortune. If you want an example of a good parent don't look towards Billy Ray Cyrus.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  229. Doris

    Thank you for writing exactly what I have been thinking since learning of Miley's performance.
    The only thing I would add is that her parents have obviously forfeited their parental rights since Miley has become their meal ticket and primary wage earner. Her parents may not want to upset their golden goose that lays them plenty of golden eggs.
    This poor girl is a future Lindsay / Britney.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  230. chaed

    I don't let my daughter watch her. I don't like the image she portrays.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  231. John

    Yawn....see all the comment? This is exactly why she did it, great job on giving her and her promoters exactly what they wanted. (controversy)

    August 12, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  232. lisa-marie

    Apparently she learned nothing from her skanky Vanity Fair pictures and neither did her parents.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  233. South Dakota

    I concur. I recall Annette Funicello, and Lisa Whelchel coming out of Disney, and somehow they managed not to become pole dancers. My daughter loves to watch Hannah Montana. But, in typical Disney fashion Miley wants to go from girl, to woman, in 6 seconds, in front of the world. Trouble is, this is not what a woman is, but it's what we've come to expect from the Disney Skank-Generator. No doubt Uncle Walt would fire them all. It's all for ratings. They could care less about our kids, or their parents.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  234. texas

    I can't stand her! People are saying that it's no big deal that she is standing on an ice cream cart with a pole to keep her from falling off. Please! Why does she have to stand on the cart in the first place, what is the point? And for her to thank God and say she is a huge Christian. You know she has already had sex. Why is she taking pictures of herself with her bra and dating a guy who is 21? Isn't that illegal? Thank God my 9 year niece doesn't like her anymore because of her behavior.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  235. Lauren

    Oh, and Kristen? Thanks for just setting women back about 50 years. No one is suggesting that Miley "wants to be stalked," as you so ignorantly put it. I am very sad for your daughter if this is the attitude you already have and she is only 7.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  236. bill

    Very well said. Now if only parents would agree. Also her dad sets a bad example. He looks like a bum and needs grooming in the worst way.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  237. Lucky 13

    She is an entertainer. Teenagers, not children, like good looking women with no clothes on. She knows what she's doing. That's why she made a whole $26 million just last year.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  238. Ricky

    Teenage girls have been acting sexy since the beginning of time. Teenage girls have been portrayed in movies and the entertainment world in general as sexy and seductive since at least the '50s. Shut up people. Go Miley!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  239. SteveO

    It amazes me to this day that God or Nature makes a girl a woman at 12-13 and able to give birth, but we decide that was a wrong idea.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  240. David

    Consider the LEAVE IT TO BEAVER model of parenting. When Beaver wanted to do something silly, like wear a lady's sweater to school ... his parents let him, and then he reaped the "reward" of his own embarassment and learned a lesson. It's like parents who won't let their son get a mohawk. The only one with a problem with the mohawk is the PARENTS, who want to avoid embarassment over a "silly" haircut for a child, like it somehow reflects on them. Hair grows back. Kids grow up. It's all so stupid to me. When I look at Miley Cyrus, I see a beautiful girl whose singing I actually can tolerate. The VANITY FAIR cover was a photo of a beautiful girl on the cusp of adulthood, as some people on here have pointed out. I was saddened by the brouhaha over that, too, because I find it honestly kind of creepy that people can look at a photo of a beautiful human being and say "IT'S TOO SEXY!" I never ONCE thought of that cover as being sexy, because I don't make a habit of finding photos of 16-year-old girls sexy. Who are all these people who look at a photo of a 16-year-old girl and say "That's sex!" or a dancing Miley Cyrus on Nickelodeon, for that matter? Are they, perhaps, the same people who balk at even the CONCEPT of human nudity and scream it's the destruction of their universe that other people don't wear clothes sometimes? And they say Miley's the immature one. Wow.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  241. Tired of ignorance

    I find it quite ironic that the ones posting on here telling us to 'leave her alone' and calling us 'hypocrites' couldn't type a correct sentence or spell a word correctly to save their own lives. Just shows the kind of intelligence this kind of mindset produces.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  242. Parent

    To all the people using the bible to condemn Miley Cyrus and her parents, I offer you this – "Therefore, O all of you who pass judgment on others, you have no room for excuse. As you pass judgment on someone else, you are actually condemning yourself in sin; for, as you judge a person, you are doing the same things as well." -- Romans 2:1-16 Don't you just hate it when the bible comes back to shine light on your hypocrisy?

    August 12, 2009 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  243. Christina

    I hate to say it, but that’s the way young girls dress these days. I guess it’s the style. I’ve see very little girls dressing in booty shirts, tight tank tops, skin tight pants etc. I personally would not let my daughter dress like that, especially if she is a role model. But let’s face it; she is a multi-million dollar teen ager who dated a boy much older than she is. (didn’t he live with her at her house too?) So she can probably do what ever it is she wants to do. (since she is more than likely the bread winner of the family)

    August 12, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  244. Tristan

    The reason it's a big deal in this case, is because Cyrus is held up to other kids as a role-model. The anonymous teen in Grand Falls who dresses and acts in an inappropriate manner doesn't influence a million other youths – Miley Cyrus does, and that's why this is a big deal. Sexualizing tweens needs to stop – it doesn't matter that so many kids do it, that doesn't make it right. It isn't really surprising that there are so many pedophiles around when kids are paraded around in child beauty contests and Disney shows dressed as provocative adults. Unfortunately, the Cyrus family seems to feel that money is more important than teaching their daughter what is appropriate and sensible. And that's sad.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  245. Bill

    singalong folks......

    money money money money.........MONEY!!!.... M-O-N-E-Y!!!!

    pulease, would you have your child dancing up there after seeing those big fat zeros and commas on the check slapped in your face.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  246. Kirsten

    Luke: Miley wearing an outfit like that and than having the gall to thank "God her Father" has alot to do with Christianity. As Christians we are supposed to be known for our character, not by how we dress. We are also supposed to dress modestly as not to tempt men into sin. Now that doesn't mean that we have to be covered from head to toe, but it does mean that we have to dress appropriately.
    And isn't it sad that FERGIE was dressed more appropriately than Miley was?

    And please everyone, stop trying to act like the pole was just there for balance. If it was than there wouldve been an umbrella on top LIKE THERE IS ON NORMAL ICECREAM WAGONS, but there wasn't. And it was painfully obvious to everyone what it looked like. And if you think her parents dont screen her rehearsals and her outfits, than your incredibly naive.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  247. Momof6

    A parents job is to care for and teach. Too many parents want to be pals to their kids. The kids don't need pals. They want, and need, direction and guidelines. I'm wondering if Miley Cyrus is going to go the way of other teen idols. They start out sweet and clean and wind up pregnant, doing drugs (e.g. Brittany Spears). I guess there's not as much money in the sweet and clean image now a days.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  248. john

    news flash people, she is seventeen, i was in college at seventeen 15 years ago and saw a lot worse than that in my high school days. this is ridiculous. she is wearing a pair of target shorts that she promotes with her clothing line. not booty shorts, go to a strip club you will see booty shorts. those were not even close, and oh no a bra is showing aaaaaaaaaa the humanity. my daughter is 5 and i am not worried about her looking up to these people because if your kid is dumb enough to do something because the tv says so then you are not doing your job. that is right your job. you are supposed to be the role model but hey you all can't get over your own childhoods so you decide to try to ruin your childrens too to make you feel better. good luck raising your kids like that. they will rebel against you and be vagrants before they get out of college.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  249. ADL

    It's easy to tell the teenagers on here. They are passionate enough to type in capital letters and their spelling and grammar are horrible!!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  250. penny

    If little kids can't handle watching teens do teen dances, JUST like Britney Spears would have done if she was performing, then they shouldnt be watching the TEEN choice awards.

    go worry about your own children and stop picking on miley.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  251. Jen

    We're going with that b/c she's a Christian she shouldn't be dressed like that b/c its not following Christ?? Are you serious with that nonsense? Christ is also forgiving! It is what is in your heart and who you are as a person. I don't think Christ is d@mning Mily to a life in H*ll b/c they dressed her in shorts & boots. So get a grip people.
    The girl will also be 17 this year and she is a singer/actress whether you like it or not.

    Remember people it was the Teen Choice Awards who also had Mike Tyson and Britney *trainwreck*Spears. Do you really think they had the 'kids' best interest??

    If you are a parent & crying how she isn't a role model anymore then simply turn off the TV. Is that so hard?? She is growing up & she is trying to remove herself from the Disney image. And frankly, its sad that your child has to look to a celebrity for a role model.

    By the way to those same parents...you do realize Hannah Montana is a CHARACTER on TV, right? If you haven't taught your kids that Miley is a real person with flaws then you are just as sad.
    If you want that wholesome image stick to watching the old episodes.

    Note–Vanessa Hudgens had NUDE photos on the internet & Disney still backed her! Yeah...there's another "role model" for you.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  252. Lauren

    I couldn't agree with this article more. I have an almost 2-year-old daughter and am absolutely terrified to think of what she will be faced with by the time she is 16. Regardless of what anyone wants to say, being surrounded with such images at such young ages has a significant effect on young, impressionable girls. Such blatant sexuality is present in so many aspects of girls' lives, and it starts at such a young age–look at the Bratz dolls, and string bikinis for toddlers. I will do my best to keep my daughter from being exposed to such garbage as long as I possibly can, which is not only my right but also my responsibility. I want my daughter to exude confident (and confidence is obviously something Miley is not lacking) but for the right reasons and with the right motivation.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  253. Parent

    Wow, are some of you serious? Can you even form a thought or opinion without interjecting the bible into it? Why must you always force religion down other's throats? This has NOTHING to do with religion. It has to do with someone's right to make choices. Oh, that's right. You're the same people that don't want women to be able to make their own choices in life. Get over yourselves people. It's showbiz, she's not your daughter, and this has nothing to do with the bible.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  254. Billy

    I think the situation with Miley Cyrus points to deeper problems that our society faces. Marketing, fashion, video games, consumerism are destroying the social fabric of our society. Nothing is sacred anymore, not even children. Why is it acceptable to parade around the street with your fanny hanging out, underwear showing etc., it's sickening, especially when it's teenagers we're talking about. I think we should take lessons from stricter cultures, but at this point, I think America is too far gone, our children are already locked into the Matrix.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  255. Alestare

    her outfit is hardly daring or risque – in fact its quite tame – I have not seen her performance but this was for the teen choice awards so I assume it was suitable for the audience concerned and did not include a janet & Justin moment!!

    Celebrate in her success – and allow the girl to become a woman as that is what she now is – she cannot he Hannah Montanna for ever!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  256. JJD

    At the risk of enraging certain people on this forum ->

    She can have sex at 16 in most states and countries? Surely she can dress how she pleases? I dont think it's up to her parents any longer. She's a huge star and has got to that position by making the decisions she has done!

    high five to the girl!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  257. David

    Wow – this is stunning. Kids don't think about this sort of thing – only adults do. The midriff story really illustrates some of my problems with "modern parenting" – making sure your kid is uncomfortable, hot and embarassed at the school dance to avoid EMBARASSING YOURSELF. None of the kids would think twice about Princess Jasmine looking like Princess Jasmine. However, your mom was clearly more interested in protecting her "good name" than simply making the obvious choice and letting you wear what you wanted to wear. You know what? Kids would have thought of her looking like Princess Jasmine, people – not of her bare midriff and its "shocking" appearance. You know why? Because kids ARE innocent. You can't have it both ways – either kids are mature enough to understand a bare midriff and therefore mature enough to handle deciding what they want to wear – or they're not mature enough and none of the kids would have understood the implications. Sorry, I'll go with the choice that kids are innocent and therefore it was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  258. brett

    close enough to 18...let it ride!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  259. Troy

    Oh brother. It is perfectly fine to let your kids spend hours on video games ripping characters spines out and blowing others heads off, but if they see someones legs or midsection, or god forbid, an actual breast, they have been scarred for life. Strange how less calvanistic societies seem to have far less actual socially deviant crimes commited.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  260. Sam

    I don't think the way she was dressed was really awful or too revealing. Yes, she had booty shorts, but she was covered up otherwise. I didn't think she was pole dancing. There is a difference to holding on to a pole while dancing and pole dancing. I think too big a deal is being made of this by some.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  261. Aaron

    Well....all's I'm saying is...according to Chris Rock a father's main job is to prevent his daughter from ending up dancing on a pole. And to Luke don't try to understand. They're just venting and trying to make a far reaching point that is just that far reaching. If short shorts were a crime organized volleyball girls wouldn't be wearing buns.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  262. geecee

    What is wrong with her parents? They don't need her to start this sexy stuff at her young age. Can't they hold off for a couple of years? They are exploiting this young girl's sexuality for profit. They seem like two pimps to me.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  263. Nick Marino

    i've been saying it for a long time now – something is wrong with Miley's parents. the whole thing is just messed up. i mean, i know there's a long history of teens being over-sexualized in American media, but that doesn't make it right... especially when Miley is an idol to young girls from the ages of 5-15. the whole thing is sick! put some clothes on that girl and stop selling her image as sexyl!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  264. Jenn

    Have any of you critics realized that she is performing in a show, standing on top of a MOVING WHEELED OBJECT in heels and for safety's sake, would need something to hold onto so there wasn't a major accident or fall? She wasn't swinging on the pole, she was kneeling to sing to her audience.

    You critics need to wake up and think about what is necessary fo a show – SAFETY. Miley's been dropped in shows before. Yes, the pole could have been disguised but it was there as a safety device.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  265. Mike

    Let's face it. Miley Cyrus is not an artist, but an entertainer of the "dance, monkey, dance" variety. I doubt she has any more control of her wardrobe or dance numbers than she has over her music's content. That said, her outfit is far less revealing than anything one would see at a public beach, and certainly doesn't warrant significant media coverage. What manufactured controversy.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  266. Sam

    Honestly, part of everyone being so upset is jealousy, envy, nothing more. I mean jealousy runs a lot in our lives and people really tend to act in defense and write something on this board under the auspicious that their moral compass sees a problem with it. Let her dress how she wants to dress and stop wishing your daughters looked like that

    August 12, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  267. Julian

    She may not be a role model, nevertheless, a lot of young girls look up to her, especially in the fashion trend.
    Go to a mall, take a look at the young girls (age 10 to 116), some of their choice of wear leaves a lot to be desired and in your head you wanted to scream at her and their parents – what are you trying to proof? There are so many perverts and pedophiles out there, and you don't know who they are! Also to blame are the fashion industry for merchandising these provocative clothes to the young generation. Shame on them and shame on the parents to think their kids looked good in them, that they are emulating being celebraties.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  268. elaine hanson

    I read the articles on Miley's scandelous performance Monday AM and made a point of watching the show on TV Monday evening just to see what in the world she did! I could not see what the fuss was all about. She did not do a pole dance from what I saw ... yes she stood by a pole and crunched down beside a pole, but did not "do" a pole dance. As for the shorts .. she is so tiny what in the world did she show? Hot pants were all the rage when I was a teenager ... not a scandal. Nothing was spilling out.. they were not skin tight by what I saw. Yes .. her bra showed ... that is how kids dress, sorry to say and again no boobs hanging out! I think the media is scandelizing this ... and feel badly for Miley. If you hadn't seen the performance you would have thought she was turning into Britney. I just did not see that at all.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  269. carlton brown

    come on guys lets leave,these poor rich folks alone in she wanta to dress like a hooker,who are we to tell her differently. when she makes more money than everyone who's involve in this article alone itself. get a life people.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  270. Sonya

    Just because someone is in show business it doesnt give them the go ahead to act and dress well beyond their years. It isnt just the young hollywood stars..it's all over in everyday life. A very young girl,under the age of 11 bent over in front of me to tie her shoes and she exposed her g-string underwear...seriously who would buy that for their kid???

    The line between a child and an adult is becoming more and more blurred. They act like they are adults and when there is noone stopping this behavior and correcting it you can see why they do it. I think it's total crap that Miley dresses like this and you cant tell me for one single second her parent were'nt aware of the pole and her attire..if they didnt know that makes me even more bad parents. Because she sings and dances and acts she is more mature she says and ready to be an adult..for that reason alone she isnt ready.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  271. Rick

    There was nothing wrong with her performance. Could have left out the stripper pole though.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  272. dave

    Our daughter has banned Hanna Montana (and anything Miley Cyrus) from their house for our seven (soon to be eight) year old granddaughter. She feels that the image Miley is portraying is to grown up for an eight year old to see. She also did not allow her to watch the teen choice awards.

    This is another exercise in really bad judgement on her parent's fault. But then again, these are the same parents who allowed her to build her own wing to their house and live alone. Kind of makes you wonder.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  273. Gary

    Disney is a "family company"? Whatever–they obviously don't care what this kid does as long as she's bringing in the money. Miley obviously is being pushed into the Britney mold–hopefully she can avoid rehab.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  274. High School Buddy

    Come on Bill – You were raised better than this! Parent First!!! Why would you let your daughter parade around like that??

    Please put her in check before this turns into a nightmare!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  275. Mark

    I really wish she would fade into the sunset personally.

    I think the biggest problem is her show rated "G" and should be something inbetween that and "PG". In fact most Disney channel shows are inproperly rated. 6-10 year old girls are being influenced by this saucy, sarcastic teenager.. pole dancer? Come on.

    I think I'm canceling our cable.

    Thanks

    August 12, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  276. Fatt

    More pictures of her in the shorts please.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  277. TommyT

    Miley Cyrus pole dancing?! I think I just threw up in my mouth.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  278. Bill from CA

    I'm pretty sure her parents are too busy counting the money she brings in to really care about what kind of woman they're raising.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  279. David

    Great story and you are 100% correct. I think Miley is a good role model (so far). She's not our at parties until 3am, drunk and stoned like Lilo and Brit yet she does tend to dress a little above her age shall we say. I am a parent of 3 kids all under 10. My boys (9 & 7) should not be looking at Miley like a sex object or look at her atire as normal acceptable wear but she potrays it as such. My daughter (3), too young to care or notice, if this trend continues, will grow up to see skin tight clothing and booty shorts as a girls uniform and that scares me. Miley, have some dignity, rely on the great talen you have for your success and not your body.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  280. A concerned youth

    I wonder if any of you "shocked" people actually saw the performance. She was NOT dancing around the pole. She held on to it as she crossed the stage. And those are *not* booty shorts. Booty shorts reveal the bottom part of the buttocks. They are skimpier than daisy dukes. Miley doesn't even have close to that in the performance. Oh yeah, and there is a big difference between being a CHILD and an ADOLESCENT. There is nothing magical that happens when someone turns 18, except that they are then responsible for themselves. Look, I'm no Miley fan, but everyone has different standards and viewpoints of morality. Britney Kaplan is not only misrepresenting Miley's performance, but she is trying to shove her brand of morality down everyone's throat.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  281. stlphotogal

    I agree with the article – my daughter is 11 and there are PLENTY of situations that I see with her peers that make me cringe. The biggest issue I come across is pants/shorts with words on the behind – at age 11 you don't need people reading words printed on your rear. Maybe Miley Cyrus IS trying to grow up (hot pants and stripper poles certainly don't seem the appropriate way to do it but I digress) but she has to realize that she's a role model for millions of little girls (ages 5-?) and while it is ultimately the parents responsibility to teach their daughters right from wrong, Hollywood is a big influence.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  282. JoseOle

    Why did Miley wear what she wore, and dance like she danced? Could it be so you guys would get all fired up and complain about it putting her in the News cycle, when she hasn't been there for a while, making more people pay attention to her, so she could try to sell more things. YOU are feeding this animal by making a big deal out of it. If you don't like it don't let your kids watch her or buy her music. Ignore what she and Brittany are doing. Stop putting teenagers on a pedastle and teach YOUR kids the right thing. That is the issue all of your outrage only makes your kids MORE interested in what they are missing. Inappropriate or not you control your kids worry about putting them out in the world with the values they need to survive.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  283. RV

    Ratings must be down for Milly and Dad. Lowering the bar in the entertainment world and parenting world seems to be the only news that these entertainers want. The apple does not fall far from the tree does it.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  284. Mickey O'Richards

    Oh no! We can see her knees! What sort of world do we live in when a girl shows off her knees?! First it was their ankles, now it's knees! What's next? Elbows?! Next she'll be shown on the moving pictures with both of those exposed! Oh lordy!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  285. SB

    Miley, you look like a hooker. Get your clothes back on and jeez what were you thinking dancing around a pole like a stripper. You have taken the innocence out of yourself, for sure. Trashy.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  286. kathy

    I completely agree!!! Parents need to be parents and that includes Miley's parents. They should stop looking at ratings and bank accounts and start looking at the stokers/prevs looking at their daughter.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  287. JoeAnn

    I hardly think Miss Cyrus was wearing booty shorts (no booty showing)
    Lets not forget she is an entertainer and her outfit was perfect for her age with a slight edge to it ,beautiful. She could have did without the pole all in all the presentation was fun.

    Mom of 3 grown daughters

    August 12, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  288. mike

    Tiffany, learn to speak and write proper English. Please.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  289. Kavanagh

    You peolpe spend all your time critizing someone else. Look at your own life, she is in SHOW BUSINESS. An your lives must be so full that your doing a blog.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  290. Barbara

    I agree 100%. No matter what Miley prances around in, she is still just a kid and she should want to be 16 as long as she can. I've lost a lot of respect for her; sadly, she's turning into another Hollywood tramp before our (and her parents) very eyes. Somebody had better wake up!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  291. Luke

    Fellow commenters: I'm having a hard time understanding what short shorts has to do with Christianity. Think hard before you reply.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  292. marc

    Unfortunately this is what happens when an enormous amount of money is involved. I'm sure her parents don't want to upset Princess Miley! In any case my 8 year old daughter decided on her own to stop watching her a few months back because of her inappropriate behavior, she now likes Taylor Swift. You see Billy Ray raise your kids right and they will make sound decisions on their own! I'm a lucky dad.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  293. Eric

    This is ridiculous. Look at it this way: this has nothing to do with morals! Miley Cyrus realizes that if she bends–not even breaks–a social stigma that 16 year olds cant be a little inappropriate, she will make millions of dollars. If someone told me that if I publicly broke a social stigma I would be able to provide for my entire family for the rest of my life and likely the lives of three generations of offspring, I would do it. WE WOULD ALL DO IT! So cut her some slack, how else is she going to pay for healthcare, living, not to mention the costs of college for the fifty children she will probably have by age 18?

    August 12, 2009 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  294. Lester

    Miley not a child????? Hello 16 is a child regardless of what your celebrity status is. Say Miley was raped, would her attacker be labeled a child rapist and a sex offender. Yes, so that clears that up. Status does not take away the child in a person. What she needs is to be grounded sent to her room have priveleges taken away for a month or two and get some good parenting laid down to her during this time. And at 16 her parents have every right to do this. Who cares if she is one of the worlds richest teens, she is still a teenager and should act like one. She can go on believing God put her where she is all she wants too, if she keeps living her life the way she does, she'll burn right beside many others who thanks God for everything they have. A christian has to have a relationship with God, not just drop his name every nce in a while.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  295. Webb

    They are not booty shorts. (who even uses the word booty)
    They are a pair of shorts. Girls wear shorts like that all the time.
    Get a life.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  296. ThirdGirl

    I'm pretty sure that it's Miley who runs the show in the Cyrus household. It certainly isn't "Achy Breaky Heart" that's putting food on their table and BMWs in their garage these days. This seems like an example of a child being allowed to do whatever she pleases simply because 1. she's a star and 2. she's the breadwinner. In any case, Mom needs to step the hell up and save her daughter from the slutty path for which she seems destined.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  297. Kristen

    The Vanity Fair cover was a beautiful photograph of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood. Annie Liebowitz is an amazing photographer and the picture was fantastic. On the other hand-guess what people-16 year old girls are sexually aware and some are sexually active. Miley is growing up, whether you like it or not. She has a great body and a great talent. By immediately thinking that all exposure of skin is sexual you play into the hands of the child molesters. You are saying that she wants to be stalked since she wears those type of clothes. What century is that?

    As for the pole dancing, whatever. My kids don't know what a pole dancer or a stripper are but they love Miley Cyrus (and Brenda Song and Vanessa Hudgens). Would I let my 7 year old daughter wear booty shorts? No. When she is 16 or 17? Maybe. Does she feel good about her body and have a positive self outlook? Then she can wear whatever she wants.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  298. Gabrius

    The fact that this is "news" just goes to show that no matter who is in office, this country always has been and always will be run by the zealots.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  299. Fyre

    Honestly I don't see the problem, its a personal choice to do and show what you like and nothing was done that was against the law. In the case of the Jasmine bit from the writers Halloween, that was ages ago and times have changed whether for the better or worse. While I don't condone her actions and attire I do respect that she has her own values and not some tired and apparently retired ones.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  300. Joe Sena

    Holy crap...we just went through a period of password-protecting and restricting certain TV channels at the house...but to find out now that friggin' NICK had a tween star pole-dancing? We're no right-wing fanatics by any stretch, but it's certainly making it harder to wonder whether or not we need to get rid of TV altogether, put the kids in woolen leggings and make them churn butter at the farm until they're twenty-five...

    August 12, 2009 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  301. adriana

    I apsolutely agree, where are those value. Parent are the one and the only one who can teach their kid about wrong and right Miley is a beautiful girl she doesnt need this kind of reputation at all.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  302. Panda

    Did any of you even see the video??? Seriously, she's just holding on to the thing, its not like she's twirling, dancing super sexy or hanging upside down on the pole. I agree that teens clothing choices are shocking, even disgusting and I would never let my daughter out at her age in outfits like that no matter how cute the outfit is. I saw 13 year olds the other day that looked like they were 30 and I thought how sad that their beauty was ruined by all of that make-up, booty shorts and big adult styled hair. Parents have the responsibility to bring their children up with age-appropriate values. But aren't you guys being just a bit rediculous?

    August 12, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  303. Jim

    Geez...wasn't pole dancing. That's an ice cream cart with the umbrella missing. She was using the pole to keep her balance. Come on!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  304. Amy

    I did not see the Teen Choice Awards but I have seen pictures of Miley both onstage and even on the red carpet is a SUPER short dress and heels...I was disgusted that her parents allow her to dress like this especially after a 53 year old man was arrested for the second time for "stalking" her. Great way to protect your little girl there Billy! Moron!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  305. Ian

    I agree. The state of parenting in the United States these days is a flat-out disgrace. I am the Father of a 7 year old girl who will NEVER dress like a hooker. Period. Not as long as she lives under my roof. She'll learn to RESPECT herself as a person, not an object.

    Just as a side note, I always find it appalling how poor people's grammar is. Many of these posts are near unintelligible.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  306. Chri

    Agreed. I also think that nominating and hosting actors such as Mike Tyson for the film "The Hangover" in which there are ellicit pornographic images at the end of the movie is in really bad taste. It is not surprising these kids are misguided by sex.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  307. Matt

    Actually, Miley looks pretty hot in that outfit. Good for her!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  308. damageinc

    She looks hot though.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  309. Russell Hammond

    Then again, she posed semi nude over a year ago, so, yeah.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  310. sandy

    I totally agree... it's up to the parents. I know a lot of it is "everyone's doing/wearing it", and when I see the clothing in stores for pre-teens that are designed after the clothes that adults are wearing, it doesn't surprise me that it's happening.
    And don't get me started on the styles that girls will were regardless of how awful they look in them!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  311. Fred

    Personally, I think the whole thing is hilarious. It was only a year ago that Annie Leibovitz was berated by families around the country. Now this.
    Listen, Miley is not "a child". She has been turned into a profit making product. And products need to be marketed to the changing her market. If you don't like the fact she is wearing sexy clothes, don't watch. If you want to keep remembering her as a little girl, get the dvd's of the past few seasons.

    August 12, 2009 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  312. Justine

    I agree 100%! My 10 year old loves Miley.... but she also questions the way she dresses! And I have to explain why she is allowed to dress the way she does.....

    August 12, 2009 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  313. Maureen

    Oh How I AGREE. When I was her age I was barely allowed to put on some lip balm let alone dress as she does. Of course when I was her age girls did NOT have breasts or bootys like the girls do today. I think a lot of the problem with young girls getting picked up by older males is because of this. Girls today look far too old and far too "experienced". Parents that allow their child to dress like a street-walker should be ashamed of themselves

    August 12, 2009 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  314. john

    Miley get over the pole it looked like she was just keeping her balance. stop making a mountain out of a mole hill. Miley does not need comments on everything she does.

    by the way if you are going to complain about jon and kate then maybe you should start looking at 18 and counting why not worry about their children and how much money they make. maybe you are just jealous who knows but it would be nice if you minded your own business... the children certainly dont look as if they are upset with the cameras infact they really dont pay attention to them.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  315. jenny

    I agree but i also think that she is trying to show everyone that she is no longer hannah montana,thatshe is growing up.i think there are other ways to show that but yet again she is only 16 and teenagers
    minds dont think about the negative part of there actions.i think as time goes on she will learn from her mistakes.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  316. Marcus

    non-hypocrite,

    interesting rationale on your part. And you're probably one of those women that dresses like a stripper to get a man's attention, but doesn't like it when a man treats you like a piece of meat or sex object. You're probably one of those "look but don't touch" females, that likes to tease guys, but doesn't realize she's really enticing some sick "nut-job" to mistreat you without realizing it.

    And a parent teaching a young daughter to dress decently, conservative and modest is part of raising a young girl to present herself with class and self-respect by the way she dresses; is very-much a part of raising that young girl.

    And I wouldn't be surprised if you're actually Miley Cyrus's older sister, based on the way you think.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  317. kristina

    it does not surprise me one bit. billy ray is just using his daughter to serve his own needs.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  318. sara

    She has been trying to drop the Hannah Montana good girl image and appeal to older kids by being sexy. The bra pictures online, the revealing clothes and now dancing sexy. I think it is sad that this was the 'teen' choice awards, but wasn't it last year that the Pussycat Dolls were dancing just as bad? True they are adults but it is for a teen and pre-teen audience. I do find it funny that she wants to be sexy but looks like a carbon copy of Achy Breaky heart guy. Not very sexy at all.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  319. Tiffany

    Oh Come On People Give Me A Break She Is 16 Yrs Old An Growning Up , Let her Live Her Life An Leave Her A Lone For Once , Jeez First Britney Then Lindsay Lohan Now Miley Cyrus , Honestly How She Lives her Life Is None Of Our Business , Half Of You Parents Can Not Sit Back An Tell Me For One Min That You Never Let Your Skinny Perfect popular Daughters Out Of The House In Stuff That Shows There Body . Bc If You Did You'd Be Lieing , She Is Selling All The Clothes She Is Wearing An Designing At Walmart if they were that bad im sure there would be no way in hell that Walmart would allow that ( So In a better Note i Guess thats Were you'll preteen children will be doing there school shopping ) People Get Over Your Self's- She Is A Teen Celeberity .

    August 11, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Marcus

    Carla, THANK YOU!!!....I totally agree with you! The Word also says, a Christian's known by the FRUIT he/she bears...his/her ACTIONS. Something Miley Cyrus is doing a HORRIBLE job of!

    Hey parents – AMERICA – start teaching your little girls that this garbage is intolerable!!!

    I'm telling you folks, satan likes to attack your children WHILE THEY'RE YOUNG!!! Start protecting and shielding your young girls from this garbage. It's time this country started standing up for decency and modesty.

    August 11, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Carla

    I personally wish she would STOP referring to herself as a Christian. Christian means Christ follower – the last time I checked the bible it said women should be noticed by their character – not their state of undress – and I also agree – it is TOTALLY her parent's fault!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  322. jojo

    how did her parents let her get up there and do that!!!!!!!!!!! what is the world coming to ?????????????????????????

    August 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  323. lawyerpoetmama

    That Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, whatever her name is, are not good parents should not surprise us, especially not after that Vanity Fair cover. They join the ranks with the parents of Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and last (but not least) Lindsay Lohan.

    My daughter is 16. I am so proud to be her mother. She disdains the teenagers in show biz who do not act their age and who apparently do not own one ounce of self-respect. But trust me, if she were not virtuous on her own, the "Dragon Lady" (as my daughter and my three older sons sometimes have called me through the years) would step in. I cannot imagine compromising my daughter they way these parents have compromised theirs.

    August 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Casey

    Ummm Spears come on people!!! Just following in the steps of her idol!!!

    August 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  325. non-hypocrite

    I'm pretty sure wearing a half shirt wouldn't have lead you to a life as a stripper. Kind of tired of the double standard, do what I say not what I did. The fundamentalists are creating an Iran like suppression of the individual. If you don't want to dress that way or have your children dress that way, don't, but you have no right to tell someone else how to raise their child. I grew up in the tube top, legging, see through shirt generation and all of my friends and I are college graduates with good educations. There is a lot more to raising a child than their dress, Children revolt from their parents standards in every generation, it is the definition of adolescence. Most of these styles are recycled 60's. So wake up, and stop trying to control everything.

    August 11, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Sandy L

    Come on..... Billie Raye had two women pregnant at one time. He'd know what to tell his daughter? Hope Millie's Mom told her to be a lady. Maybe it's a case of make the money; who cares.

    August 11, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  327. tess

    Is it no wonder she has a stalker? Shame on you Billy Ray....you should know better !!!

    August 11, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  328. rachele

    Indiana, you said it perfectly.Miley Cyrus was being exploited and degraded. At her yong age, she may not be awar of that. It's up to the adults involved in this kind of situation to take responsibility and o the adult thing. it's caled leding by exmple someody nees to cowboy up and do so.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Phanny

    I truly believe that her parents were probably not 100% aware of the pole. She's trying to compete with the big girls but she has too realize that they are older than her and are more experienced. Her publicity isn't going away any time soon so she should slow down a bit.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  330. JI

    Thank you! And a convicted rapist onstage also – yippee for the Teen Choice Awards!!!!!

    August 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Haelee

    i also agree this is outrageous miley supposed to be a role model yet she dancin on stage with a pole hmm....wats that say about her parents , now im not saying she has bad parents but coming from a 13 year old girl (me!) wat parent in there right mind would let there kid dance around on stage like a hootchie mama with a pole....i agree she is a role model for young girls jeez straiten up miley!!!

    August 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  332. linda

    It is time for parents to do what they should've been doing for many years. Show your children what is right and wrong. Whether it is clothing or actions or speaking, children up to, and sometimes through, college need direction. For too many years we have had to put up with the lack of dress codes and manners in our children. Now we have young adults that don't deserve the position of adults but feel they are entitled to things instead of earning them.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Nasiha

    I completely agree, being a teenager myself I was shocked at what I saw. It was highly inappropriate and degrading. It was horrifying and disgusting how her parents stood and clapped after her song was over, thinking she accomplished something amazing. And then she continued on to thanking God for putting her where she is....last time I checked I don't think God would have put her on a stage half naked, her bra exposed, dancing around a pole. They are horrible examples, and frankly I don't think anyone should be looking up to her especially young girls. She should have the decency of atleast covering up but I guess things have changed.

    August 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Vic

    Here here! I wonder the same with I see 9th & 10th graders wearing skin tight tank tops or transparent shirts. Although the worst is the high heels for toddlers. Who's the genius that thought up those?!?

    August 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Indiana

    Thank you for putting the responsibility on the parents to protect and guide their daughter from embarrassing herself and being exploited. There were a lot of "adults" involved in allowing something like this, but ultimately her parents are responsible.

    August 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |

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