January 6th, 2010
05:29 PM ET

Miley Cyrus: I'm no role model

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Miley Cyrus just wants to live her life. The singer says she wants parents to take more responsibility for parenting their own children and not put so much pressure on her to be a role model.

“My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act because I’m still figuring that out for myself,” the 17-year old pop star says in the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

The singer says she shouldn’t be criticized for the typical teenage behavior she displays, like posting explicit pictures to her MySpace page or performing a pole dance during a performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards (OK, so most teenagers probably haven't gone there).

“To take that away from me is a bit selfish,” Cyrus says. “Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life.”

Cyrus also speaks out about the controversy over her nearly nude photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair in 2008.

“Here, my parents are thinking they're seeing a beautiful photograph by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that?" she says. "It doesn't make sense to us because [my family] doesn't look for negativity. But people don't want to say 'What a great performance' or 'What a great shot.’ No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn't sell a magazine."

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  1. Sophia

    I am a 14 year old and even I know that Miley is a huge liar and a terrible role model. If parents are so blind and allow their kids to watch a girl who posed naked, pole danced on live television, and take riske pictures and post in on their social networks...that's their business. I really don't care for Miley but I saw that people were bashing people like Britany Spears and Christina Aguleria. They are not marketing to children so why drag them into this? I think it's so stupid that people have to bring people into this because if parents dont want their kids to see stuff like that why let them? Come on people! use some common sense! Just look her up on google and go to images, do you see ricke pictures? I thought so!

    May 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 11, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Margart Monckton

    I hated this movie. You can do all the guessing you want. It's a waste of time. I'm so glad I didn't pay $10 at the theater to see this movie, even though I enjoyed the first. I cursed the screen when I realized that the answer wasn't coming. What a BS waste of dialog and a complete time-wasting loose end.

    December 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cristy Brookes

    What a fun adventure! Great pics as always!

    December 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reality check..

    Hello world!!
    so i'm 17, and a girl, and live in freakin' Denmark, even here there are teenegers my age, and even younger, like all the way down to 12-year-olds who takes nasty pictures. They did before miley, and they will do after, it's not the girls fault, like seriously, look we're kids, we screw up! – and not because of that some popstar is doing it, but because we are learning what's right and wrong by screwing up – sad to say, but it's the truth!
    We do stupid things, sometimes we even know it's wrong, but we do it anyway.. don't know why, but we just do, it's part of growing up! Sure kids look up to celebs, and we all wanna be famous, but it's not the celebs job to teach your kids what's right or what's wrong, that's your job as parents – besides when artists are taking chances it's because they're trying to evolve their music, and style, and sometimes you need to do something wild to break free from your chains, also a thing that you do as a teenager!
    The thing i think is the most incredible thing about all this miley madness is that, everytime this girl does something everyone acts like it's the end of the world. Which it isn't! she's a teenage girl, so what if she's famous, she still lives the life of a teenager.
    Personally, i usually don't care about this stuff, but i think you all should give this girl a break.
    anyways.. Peace out!

    February 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Look. Yes, she is a teenager, but she anything but normal. She gets overpaid for mediocre work meant for young pre-teen girls. She is a celebrity, and it comes with the job, whether she likes it or not. She needs to act more mature if she's going to be privileged like an adult. No, it's not her fault if dumb kids act dumb, but dumb kids act dumb because they're favorite people (often celebrities) do dumb things. They learn it at being said, she is still a part of it. Girls see her on Disney (huuuuge audience) and think it's okay to do the things she does because she's rich and in the spotlight. She needs to get over herself. If she wants to act "normal" she needs to actually be, well, normal.

      July 3, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ricki

    Okay, I'm 16 and I personally think she's an amazing role model...She's 18 now and she's just trying to explore her possibilites and herself in general, and I really don't understand what's wrong with that...I mean she's just trying to figure out who she is and I bet that 10 times harder because she's in the spot light...Sure she's made a lot of mistakes but I mean what teenager (or let alone person) hasn't? People in general should stop pointing fingers at her unless they're perfect (which they're not), and let the girl make her mistakes and learn from them in peace...She shows people that it's okay to make mistakes and in my opinion when people blow up at her and call her all these names and what not they show teens and kids that it's not okay because look how much you get yelled at...critism is good and always beneficial but just because of who she is it's like she's on witch hunt or something...She's a good role model because she is who she is, she's a hard worker, she cares about other (with all her many charities), and like I've said before she knows she's not perfect and she embraces that...What she does on stage or what she wears on stage is just that a SHOW she doesn't walk around wearing that on the streets and you don't see her out partying 24/7 and if you do see her a party she's just dancing with friends...She's a talented girl that doesnt deserve to be butchered after every single little thing she does wrong...Parents do us all a favor and raise your own kids and leave her alone, and teenagers/ tweens do us all a favor and grow up and be your own role model...Miley Cyrus either you hate her or you love her (I do) but either way you're still talking about her which only makes her more famous....Talent makes her famous but haters make her popular...

    November 30, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. court

    miley should live her life whichever way she likes. BUT she is a public figure. so she should have some class and be careful with her decisions.. she keeps saying she just wants a normal life yet she wants to be a celebrity. sometimes parents can't control what their kids do unless they keep their kids at home 24/7 and isolate them from the world. unfotunately, as ling as miley stays in the public's eye, she will be criticized and most of what she will do will be blown out of proportion.

    November 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alice

    Why I'm glad when I actually watch television, I watch History Channel, History International, and Discovery Channel. THEY'RE INFORMATIVE. YES, I'M 14 AND ALL I WATCH ON THE TELEVISION IS INFORMATIONAL CHANNELS. I'M A NERD. GET OVER IT.
    Random off-topic fact ~
    Old Fritz was Prussia's greatest king, and he loves his country!

    October 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bre'Jhada

    That's right, Miley! Why won't yall let her grow up?! She done a lot of goods things for little kids and now it's time for teens and adults! Well, that's all I have to say,but WE LOVE YOU MILEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kaykay

    I think do b on tv if you r going to give lap dances to 5 boys a nitte my kids sy\top waching her 3 years ago so did all there friends and there friends friends the list goes on and she never going have as many fan again '.)

    September 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bubblez

    miley cyrus is not a good role model. i cant believe they still let her make shows on disney channel. someone should kill her

    August 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PiercedPsycho

    She and the kids from the suite life are why my daughter does not watch the Disney Channel. She watches Nickleodeon.

    July 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hailey

    All I have to say is that Miley's father clearly doesn't know how to raise her because he just let's her do whatever she wants is what it seems like. She used to be my rolemodel before she turned into like a s*** I looked up to her and I thought she was going to be like a girl that's the opposite of what she is right now but I guess that's not what it turned out to be. I recently watched Miley performing a Party In The U.S.A performance I think it was at Nashville on youtube she was like doing a booty dance like Hello! Miley you have a boyfriend if that's how she wants attention nobody's going to give her attention because of what she is doing.She deserves criticism for the way she acts and the way she dresses. Think about all the little girls out there right now I don't even think she cares if little girls start to dress inappropriately. I think she should just quite her singing career because she isn't really getting any positive comments.
    What happened to you Miley you say you are growing up well if you are growing up look at Taylor Swift why aren't you like her? or like Selena Gomez. She is losing fans day after day because of what she has become.

    July 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jelly

      hailey i agree with u like everything u said is true
      miley i tink selena gomez is better than u not as an actor but as a person too!
      if ur gonna take bad photos of urself
      nobody wants to see it unless ther sickminded OK!
      like everytime i search u all these inappropiate pictures show up
      i dont want my lil sis to see those OK!

      July 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tawna 10 years old

    Miley should never have started being H.M. (Hanna Montana), she was a good roll model the first 3 yrs. of her career but then she started acting like a S***. A lot of kids liked her including myself, but not any more. She should start putting clothes on like everyone else. Taking pictures of yourself like that is NOT what normal teens do.
    I mean she acts like a S***. (THATS THE TRUTH)
    post your blog about miley too
    good or bad

    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sherry

    Miley is growing up. She has alot going for her and was raised to be true to self. Her family has always supported her in both the personal and professional worlds. She's a typical teenager; doing what she loves to do--performing. Why does one look for the negative when Miley shoud be praised for her positive ways of thinking and providing a future in the music business???? I love her newest video. This is her statement of transition from teenager to adult. I am in my 50's and can still appreciate the proper way Miley conducted herself in the fullfillment of contract to Walt Disney to the woman she has now become. She has spunk, character and a brain. HATS OFF TO MILEY!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sheila Holbrook-White

    She's no role model– no kidding.

    January 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rog

    Ha so many negative comments, and what will all this comments do nothing she still will have her millions and her fame kids will still by her cd's, posters, book bags, etc. Poor girl is still a kid. Let her live life and if your kids idoling everything she does then maybe thats when you should step in and tell them whats wrong from right. Just saying let the kid live her life she will learn from mistakes still young. So before you begin to criticize the poor girl look at the things you have done in your life and I'm sure you'll think of things that if you kids knew you did would not approve of it and I'm sure you wouldn't let them do it.

    January 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. passang

    it is true that parents are for the most part responsible for parenting their children but children are not always ready to learn from their parents. the reason miley cyrus is so huge right now is because of those children who think of her as a role model and therefore, she should watch what she is doing. of course she has to live life the way she wants to but when your name is in the mouth of millions of girls around the globe, you cant go on without taking a little responsibility.

    January 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Renee

    If everyone wants to talk about bad parenting skills, I would look at Miley's parents, then judge them! My daughter is 23 and has great morals. When she was a teen, I took her to see a Britney concert and used that as a learning tool. We talked about inappropriate behaviors and I allowed her to decide how inappropriate people act (with well thought out responses to her thoughts). I must admit that I am a social worker educated in child development. I did let my daughter know that I had software installed to monitor every chat/email she ever sent or received. I took an athoritative approach to parenting and made sure that the lines of communication were always open. My daughter came to me when she was sixteen and informed me that she wished to obtain birth control. Although I wasn't happy about her choice to have sex with her steady boyfriend, I did recognize that safe sex practices (condoms were placed in a box for all of her friends to take) were the realistic thing to teach. Due to my career choice, I know what the results of sticking my head in the sand would create. I have counseled teenage mothers, children who contracted the HIV virus, as well as STD's that will cause difficulties when that child wishes to have chilren, and children who attempted suicide when they found out they were pregnant. Some may say that I have bad parenting skills, but I say that my daughter has graduate from college, has never become pregnant, an is STD/HIV free!!! For all of you parents who think you are better than other parents, I say...quit judging people and I sincerely hope that your children don't end up a statistic! It has been my experience that people who judge always end up with egg on their face:)

    January 10, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  20. nwilson

    Miley Cyrus is over rated, over paid and wrong. When she signed the contract, she took on the responsibility( or perhaps better said that when her parents signed the contract, they took on the responsibility). Either way, both have failed miserably. They have a rich BRAT. She is 19 going on 30 something. The more popular she becomes the sleezy she becomes. I cannot imagine a parent letting their child get into this kind of lifestyle. Is the money really that important?

    January 10, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. Tom Bishop

    Not a role model? How stupid is this girl? She's in the freaking spot light and millions of girls worship her. What an idiot.

    January 10, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. Zella

    You know after thinking about it, she's probably attracting attention to herself by this....not taking it away from her sleazy actions. I think she'll be a little Britney Spears soon!

    January 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Maria567

    Good for you Miley!!!!!

    January 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Michael

    Personally I think she has the point: Nowadays a lot (not all), but a lot of parents, and non parents hold accountable to our "celebrities". Now if I'm not mistaken these "celebrities" were first just like you and me. In this case yes she comes from a notable country singer but still for you to point down the finger at her? How many of you haven't done something wrong? Have any of you done something you regret from doing drugs, getting drunk to the point of making a fool out of yourselves or even danced on a stripper pole? Like she said and I quote: “My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act because I’m still figuring that out for myself,” so parents don't blame celebrities, It's not them who set up the example, Its YOU

    January 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Mwong

    I would really love to see what miley has to say about all this criticism. She wants to be a normal 17 year old who makes mistakes without being judged!? I do agree with her on parents not expecting her to be "the role model" but lets face it, little girls do want to be hannah montana/miley cyrus. And we should raise our own kids and try to be the best role models for them. I think miley is trying to tell us, "look, my parents F'd up on being good role models to me, and they let me do whatever I want, don't make the same mistakes they did. They forced me to be an actress/singer and now I want to rebel!"

    January 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. david

    How many of those who question the parenting skills of others are parents themselves. As a father of 3 and a health care professional, it is striking how children develop personalities innately. There is no syllabus that works for every child. With regard to adolescents, parental control or guidance becomes tenuous at best.

    If there were a food or medical product on the market with deleterious effects, be assured that there would be repercussions. While I do understand the Miss Cyrus has developed in an environment that created an effete teen, her effect is similar to that of "Joe Camel". She has become a conduit of age compressive advertisement.

    As an aside, it might be nice to "fire" her from the position. Certainly there are thousands of adorable and talented teenage girls willing to behave for fame and fortune. Sadly, she is fast becoming the paparazzi lure of a train wreck that kept Lohan, Spears and others like them in the news....

    January 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  27. Momma in Niagara

    It is the parent's responsibility to parent their children- not Miley's. Just because she pierces her nose, does not mean I would let my 10 year old daughter do the same. I think Miley is a talented young lady- and she is doing fairly well in the face of all the fame at such a young age. No parent is going to make all the right choices. As far as the Vanity Fair cover goes, I do not see anything dirty about it- she is too young to be seen as a sexual creature- Annie L. should not have put Miley in that position- it was not her best decision, and to allow the pics out was not the paren't best decision. Imagine if every decision you made as a parent was all over the tabloids- front page news.
    I think she is a fine role model- talented, and beautiful. What we let our daughters do is our responsibility, not Miley's.

    January 9, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  28. DFWDelia

    One of you, SuzyQ I believe, are you serious? You go from pictures to boy friend to becoming a 35 year old grandma? How do you ever manage to get your daughter past the lingerie section of department stores without having a heart attack? Goodness!

    Miley Cyrus is an amazingly talented young pop star and actress. She has had the good fortune (since she's chosen this line of work herself) of being around it her whole life and having a dad who knows how the business is run. I think parents need to stop looking outside their homes for excuses for turning out poorly behaved children and start looking in the mirror for the real problem and do something about it.

    January 9, 2010 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  29. a mom

    Boy this page should be coloured green... All them comments about the girl not been able to sing and not being pretty, and having no talent... all coming from the females. The girl is right. Its her life her money and she should enjoy it anyway she wants. Life is short and we should dance when we can. There is plenty of time for her to old and mean like so many of you on this page

    January 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. stephen

    miley cyrus is pretty hot, but she turned into another brittney. aint that a little scary that a 17 year old girl is targeting her shows and performences at 11 and 12 year olds. can you say M.J.

    January 8, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. shell517nj

    live YOUR life.

    January 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Natalie

    stars without choice are role models, whether good or bad influences. miley is a girl who hasn't been properly guided by parents. she thinks she's independant because she now has so much fame and financial freedom. her parents lack discipline and guidance. its unfit to have any parent let their child pole dance in front of an entire crowd. children do need to live and learn, but parents need to ultimately think of what's best for their child. how is pole dancing to help her career? she's already at the top of the charts and extremely rich. where do her parents think pole dancing will lead her to more success at? kids and teens want to go to concerts to see their favorite singer perform, not act like an adult tease. if miley wants to live and learn in front of the public eye, then she better be mature enough to accept both positive and negative feedback.

    January 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jennifer

    I'm not saying she needs to be a role model (because obviously she isn't, look at how she acts). No child should look up to a celebrity and think what they're doing is normal.

    But honestly, she's not doing things that a normal teenager does. Because what she does, she does for publicity. Act like a teenager that's fine, but don't put it on display to the world. Like whatever she did at the TCA's (pole dancing? seriously do we need to see her do that. No. Do that in your own home, or for your boyfriend or whatever. But we don't want to see it.) That's not being a normal teenager, that's using your status to get more recognition.

    I'm not a fan of Miley. And I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift, but Taylor who is 3 years older than Miley, acted a lot more mature and responsible then Miley ever has. Even when Taylor was 17 she acted more like what teenagers should be. Miley is like a parents worst nightmare. If she had been raised by my parents, my mom would have wanted to kill her. 15/16 and dating a 20 year old? Christ. Obviously HER parents arn't raising her right. Because she's making some out there decisions. I'm thinking her parents should look at some other people's parents to see how to raise their kids. Taylor Swift is turning out alright. Dakota Fanning has been in the business for years and she's got a great head on her shoulders. Miley. Is. Not. Normal. She acts like she can do anything sometimes.

    Whenever I see Miley now, I just hope to god when I have children they won't look up to someone like her. And I hope they don't turn out like her.

    January 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Hello

    My daughter, 10, denounced Miley ON HER OWN...this decision did come about with constant communication with her as Miley grew up. She knew what she wanted to see in a role model and what she didn't want to see in a role model and made the decision on her own. I do monitor what she listens to and watches. If you play an active role in your child's life, this influences them greatly to make better decisions about people.

    I do agree that Miley is a role model regardless if she chose to be one or not. I wouldn't want my daughter to carry herself the way Miley has, which has been greatly influenced by her fame, but who's to say what the future holds for our children? We can only raise them TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY. That being said, parent your child as much as possible and be their influence in life.

    January 8, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. mdc

    Damn! She's right on the money! Bravo. If more parents would act like parents instead of trying to be their kids best friend, then maybe they'd end-up parenting alot better than letting their bratz go amuck. I don't agree that sending "explicit pictures" is a teenage mistake (com'on a total stooge would know that it's not right), but to say, "Well Miley does it so it's gotta be ok" is just plain dah...dah...dumb. Try instilling some good'ol fashioned Common Freaking Sense into your kids. I raised 4 without problems, anybody can do it.

    January 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Sam

    Okay, Miley began with disney... and from now on little girls will look up to her no matter what... Even after she leaves disney they can still google her... If someone likes a celeb its not hard to find them on the internet.
    Maybe the parents should monitor their children a little more closely.
    Miley is growing up... Leave her alone and let her make her own decisions. If she wants to sell items to children she still can... maybe you shouldnt let your kids watch what you dont want them to see... Sounds like a personal problem to me.

    January 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  37. JWE

    I have two teenage sisters who both love Miley. Yet, they aren't pregnant, do not dress in revealing clothing, and are fairly polite (as polite as you can get when you're a teenager). Why? Because my parents NEVER relied on a celebrity to raise their child. It's pretty naive to think that just because you turn off the TV or the radio in your own home that your kids won't have access to it. They go to school They go to the mall and the movies. They can see any type of celebrity anywhere. What matters is if you are talking to your children. Are you telling them what your values are? Why they shouldn't do this or do that? Are you as a parent spending time with them? Despite what some may think, if a child respects their parents and feels like they've made a positive impact in their life, there's no way that Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears, people that most of us will never touch, talk to, or encounter, will ever take the place of a parent.

    I am 22, and I guess you can say my gen. "looked up to" Britney Spears (whatever that means). I bought her albums, saw her in Crossroads, and have seen every music video she's made. But I'm OK. I have no kids, I know how to dress appropriately, I even graduated from college. Maybe I could have done that if I had idolized Britney. Maybe not. But I never did and never will. Celebrities cannot and should not be role models.

    January 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kyle

    @BLC

    1) She wants it HER way..not both...when she does something that breaks a law or such not, then let her be held accountable. Until then, she's not doing anything that any number of teenagers or young adults have done.

    2) She doesn't TAKE your money...or your kid's money. You, and they, GIVE her your money when you buy her CDs, songs off ITunes, tickets to her shows.

    3) I fully agree with you...if people have a problem with her...stop GIVING her your money. See...we can agree on something.

    4) Selfish to live your own life? I think not. Having to live a certain way because peopole demand it of you when they're not your parents, legal guardian, or otherwise...that's pretty close to living in a dictatorship.

    I'd like to see how many of these star contracts contain "You are now role models for youngsters" clauses. Probably not.

    Ultimately, the choices in life you make are YOUR responsibility. Miley Cyrus, bad parenting, zealous religious beliefs, alcohol...whatever the reason...the things you do in life are your own doing. Period.

    You cannot stand before your God and say that "I was compelled to do this' or that 'Virtue was not an option.' In the end, it's your life...not hers.

    January 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Happy Mom

    Boy, never thought I'd see this post (cough cough). First off I'd like to say that I have five children. Of those five children, my oldest thinks that Miley is trashy (which she has proven over and over with her child porn photo and that ever so nasty pole dancing stunt), my 14 year old "used" to love Hannah Montanna but now refers to her slutty trailer trash. My six year old says that Miley is a naughty girl and her parents need to spank her (they probably do but not in a disciplinarian manner). My next point is this, my children were brought up in a repectful but rather strict home. We taught them self-repect, self-esteem and to repect not only themselves but others around them. They were taught not to judge others, but realize the difference between good and bad – they realize that she's no role model so to me, her comment that she was no role model was rather redunant in my household. She's backwoods hillbilly white trash plain and simple and hopefully other parents have taught their children to spot the sleezes like I've taught mine. What she's done is by no means repectable behavior for any child her age and make no mistake about it .. she is still a child. It makes me question her parents parenting abilities. Let me put it another way, if I had taken a photo like that of one of my children, the local police would consider it child pornography ... but the high and mighty Cyrus' call it ART? Not in my book buddy .. I wonder what other kind of photo's they take of her at home. Also, I do agree that parenting ultimatly rests with the parents .. I would never allow my children to take nasty photo's of themselves let alone post nasty, filthy half naked photo's of themselves on any webpage .. ever. I pay attention to what they do, so once again coming back to the parents .. do her parents know what pic's she takes and that the whole world looks at their precious little baby as a trashy future whore? Kind of makes you wonder about the parents and their own motivations. One last thing, when Disney made her a star, I really don't believe that they had this kind of star in mind .. what's next for young Miley .. porn or stripping because it would appear that if her musical career ever falls flat .. she'd do pretty well in either of those fields.

    January 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Wendy

    I am responsible for what my child watches and what she does. I am responsible to guide her and give her perspective.

    Ms. Cyrus needs to lighten up....she lives in a fishbowl...people are going to judge you as long as you are in that fishbowl.

    Dont focus on your negative press, trust me, we dont.

    January 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. BLC

    @ Concerned Father .. I agree.
    She wants it both ways.
    Saying "I'm no role model" is just another way of saying she wants to engage in whatever behavior but not be accountable for it.
    She doesn't want to 'be a role model' to your kids, but sure doesn't mind taking their (your) money!
    People who don't agree with her behavior should stop buying her products and watching her shows.
    The public makes these people 'stars', then when they are rich and famous they want to spit in your face and say they owe you nothing. Epitome of selfishness.

    January 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. MAM (Mom Against Miley)

    Just an FYI to all the parents who say keeping their kids away from Disney Channel and other kid/tween entertainment.... Guess what??? YOUR CHILD STILL KNOWS WHO HANNAH MONTANA IS, AND PROBABLY THINKS SHE'S PRETTY COOL. Why? Because a good portion of their friends do!! I have a very advanced 3 year old daughter. To my knowledge she has NEVER watched HM because she (Hannah/Miley) is not allowed in my home, however, my daughter is very aware of who she is and thinks she "GREAT" (her words, NOT mine). Why? Because she is in dance and she does go to daycare and other people allow their children to partake in the Hannah/Miley craze! Whether we allow it our not, our children are being exposed to Hannah/Miley. Parenting our own children is very important, I will never disagree with that fact. But I will say that parenting would be MUCH easier if the young girls in entertainment were contracted to remain CLASSY and were taught to self-respect. Great example of a CLASSY and a good ROLE MODEL that Disney did promote was RAVEN SIMONE!!! The girl was an actress her entire life! She never had these issues, but that is because she was taught, AT HOME, BY HER OWN FAMILY, to have class. And even now, as an adult, she remains classy because she knows that children still see her as THAT'S SO RAVEN!!!!!

    January 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Parent

    Ok, I went and watched the video, really it's nothing. I see teens doing more with stop sign poles than what Miley did on stage. Furthermore, its entertainment, exactly what it was meant to be, nothing more. If your girls look up to her character, then that is fine, it is the character that is the role model, not the actor or actress. Hanna Montana is a fictitious character, Miley is not. Has she been made famous? Yes, Has she made money? Yes, but it is up to us as parents to explain to our children that 1. not everything they see on television is real. 2. Monitor what our children watch, although I saw nothing wrong with the video, but in reality, many teens today do far worse, and I have to ask myself where the parents are? I don't know about any of the rest of you, but I have to ask about the days when we thought our parents were our role models, police officers, teachers, fire fighters etc. Why are our children no longer looking to those types of people as role models? My children certainly do, but then, I talk with my children and explain the difference between reality and Hollywood.

    January 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Concerned father

    If she wants to do an adult oriented show on stage like stripper pole dancingand grinding and humping male dancers and do adult things in the media like half naked photo shoots, then she needs to stop marketing herself to children!

    Go to walmart and Target and see the things she has her face on, they are not marketed to teenagers, these are products for little girls. I will no longer buy any "Hannah Montana" merchandise or anything else with her likeness on it for my daughters.

    January 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  45. You aren't fooling anyone

    You can't have your money and spend it to, Miley. Take responsibility for your actions. You can't blame anyone but yourself if kids see you as a role model. Just because you say you aren't one doesn't mean you are not. You are influencing kids just by being famous. It is what it is.

    Oh and the fact that Disney, who apologetically makes their money, and yours, from children – well, even a 17 yr old spoiled pop star who is bright enough to pole dance and use the internet to express delinquent behavior can connect those dots.

    January 8, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  46. Jen

    She is following the Britney Playbook page by page. Child star turned trampy pop star. Here is the Miley timeline: Her 20's bring drugs, a long line of loser boyfriends, a sex tape scandal on the internet, rehab and more mediocre pop music. Her 30's bring a failed comeback, an overdose, more rehab and a lousy reality show. In short, it's all been done before. Yawn.

    Sure hope she's saving all that money she made while cashing in on being a Disney roll model. In five years, nobody is going to give a darn about her. Just another no talent, dime a dozen celebrity skank.

    January 8, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  47. Mr. David

    Obviously her parents don't care about the sleeze factor. One day all involved will regret their being lax.

    January 8, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  48. momof7

    I don't have these problems with my kids. But... we don't watch the Disney channel. My daughter was 11 when she pointed out to me that in EVERY Disney channel show, the kids have difficulties with their parents. The parents are judgmental and likely to punish the kids (grounding them or whatever) and the kids have problems to resolve with them. My daughter actually wrote to Disney to complain, and she said "I don't have these problems with my parents. They are my friends." - Watch the shows for the subtleties. See how they pit kids against the adults in their lives. It's subtle, but it's pervasive.

    January 8, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  49. Jacqueline

    i agree about her still figuring stuff out and that parents should be parents. good for miley for sticking up for herself. although, as a consumer, it's not just about how you act in movies and how or what you sing. I think entertainers are pretty much in sales. If I don't like something about you, I'm not going to buy it. As for that infamous annieLeibovitz pic, i don't see what was positive or beautiful about it. To me, it looked like Miley just got done having sex at 15. The pic was inappropriate for her age. I don't get how her parents didn't see that.

    January 8, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  50. Bryce

    Maybe Miley's parents should take her own advice and start parenting her a bit more.

    January 8, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  51. Brooke

    Hmmm...she sounds suspiciously like Britney Spears from not too long ago...

    January 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dee

    To all:

    I read Miley's interview, and thought, "Wow, anybody as assertive and opinionated as she appears to be either is mature enough to be held responsible for her actions and comments, or she has someone writing her speeches. I suspect it's a little of both. Anyway, then I started to read your comments. I can't believe how much attention you are giving this girl. Is there any wonder some parents are worried about her influence on their children? Whether she sees herself as a role model or not, she certainly got your attention. I think if anyone needs parenting classes, it's her parents not those of impressionable children who are worried about her influence on their kids. The fact, that they have expressed concern about her behavior and influence on their children suggests that she is at least having an adverse influence on some, whether she wants to or not. However, I do agree with one thing, if I were the parent of a Miley Cyrus fanatic, I would certainly know how to handle it. First I'd get my daughter off the Internet and the Disney Channel, then I'd get her involved in sports, dance classes and family oriented activities, i.e., camping, etc. When children are busy doing things themselves, it leaves them very little time to live vicariously through the lives of teen characters. Miley Cyrus is right about one thing. She's still figureing out who she is. So many of these child stars crash and burn long before they finally figure that out. I pray that she won't be one of them.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  53. KRS

    Good for Miley, at least she's being open and honest with a fickle and overly critical public. I like that she's not telling us what she thinks we want to hear just to sell more. Maybe instead of criticising this girl (someone that none of us know personally) we could all listen to what this seemingly mature 17-year old has to say about both parenting and the pressures put upon "stars", whether they are actors, singers, whatever...Do you really think it is a glamourous life? Ever wonder why these kids end up as train wrecks (Lindsay, Brittany, Olsens, Heath Ledger, DJ AM, etc, etc.). How many have to fall apart or die before we get it? Stop bitching about how much money they make (don't buy it if you don't like it). Look around you, money doesn't buy happiness. Consider ourselves lucky not to be under that much pressure as a teenager. Like it isn't hard enough (ok, it's been a while, I have a 12 year old but I do remember, I'm not THAT old and I see it with average kids today)...Imagine going through your most awkward moments, making all your teenage mistakes with the world as your audience...No thanks, keep the cash!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  54. peachylove

    I think it's less about being a role model than about exposing the children that do love her to adult themes. Like it or not, she's got a lot of kids watching whatever she does; and now she needs to think about her impact on other kids through her actions. I guarantee parents have already had questions about what stripping and pole dancing are, and exposure to sex so young is bad news. She needs to do whatever it is she wants to in private, or post up a sign that bars anyone under 18. Sorry, Miley, that's the world we live in.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Joel T.

    Hey Miley,

    When a family walks in to the local Wal-mart and your face is everywhere for our kids to see... In my eyes, YES that makes you a role model. If YOU want our kids to buy YOUR cd's, clothes, and what ever else you are selling – That my dear makes you a role model.

    If you can no longer take the heat, maybe you should go back to being a country bunkin' living in Franklin ,Tn and try again when you are old enough to appriciate what fame CAN afford you.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  56. gravitylabster

    Let Miley go, she's a train wreck waiting to happen. As a father of two daughter under the age of 10 I know that as my girls age I will have less control over what they do but I personaly would take it as a parental failure if my child pole danced in front of a large hall filled with screaming children. Miley is right that we should all be doing a better job in parenting our kids...could someone please inform Miley's parents that they screwed up big time.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  57. craig

    Miley is right! Its about time people stop blaming everyone but themselves for there children's actions. You decided to be a parent, do the right thing and be a parent. If you dont like whats on TV, take it away from your kid.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Jesse

    I worked in country music when her Dad was something to be talked about. I met him several times at the Opry house, and Fanfare. He is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and her Mom is a fake blond, with fake boobs from a trailer park, what do you expect from her? seriously? she is not role model that is for sure, and I hope her 15 minutes of fame is almost up, just like her Fathers ended several years ago.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Nelson

    Well Miley, I'm with you all the way. not only as a supporting fan, but as an 18 year old relationship option. If it was anyone else in her situation they would want to be outlandish too. It's only normal to feel the need to be different, even if it means negative attention.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Give Her a Break

    I would just like to say the "pole dance" was weird, but not stripper-esque so people should relax. Parents need to take responsibility for what their kids watch, listen to, read, and do. I think there is some amount of role model responsibility for celebrities, but Miley is the least of the world's concerns. At least she's talented. Hello Lindsay Lohen? Talk about diaster!

    January 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Becky

    I have to agree that it is a parent's responsibility to monitor their children, however it's also the responsibility of those in the spot light to behave and understand that our children look up to them as role models – IT COMES WITH THE JOB. If she can't handle the responsibility of behaving while she's in the spotlight then she needs to step out of it. Why do you think sponsors drop famous people when they do stupid stuff (like cheat on their spouses – ala Tiger Woods). She's more than welcome to live her life and act like a wild teenager when she's in the privacy of her home and with friends, but there's really no need to push in the faces of our children. "Miley Cirus" is a brand now and she has a responsibility to the fans – our children – to be a positive role model. That's my opinion!

    January 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  62. JayCee

    Miley you are not a role model and why isn't your parents parenting you. You are a celebrity and famous, what ever you do will be watched by your fans and the media. Weather it's appropriate or inappropriate it will have an influence your fans. From past controversies like posting explicit pictures and performing a pole dance, she is paving the way to become a FAMOUS MINDLESS BIMBO like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  63. jane

    if she didnt want little kids looking up to her, she shouldnt have gotten into the entertainment industry.
    i didnt see her complaining about being a role model to young girls when they all loved her and were singing her music. they give her some criticism and she doesnt like what she hears and all of a sudden she takes it back?

    parents do need to take responsibility for their children but they cant raise children ignorant to whats going on in the world. they cant just stop their children from watching tv or reading magazines.

    little girls look up to miley no matter what she does and she needs to accept that and not make excuses for what she does. but she needs to remember, those kids are who made her as big as she is, and with great power, comes great responsibility.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Thos

    When's the Miley sex tape coming out?

    January 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Alex

    Miley. You are marketed to kids. You made your millions off children. If anyone is being selfish it is you wanting to grow up and be sexual but still hold on being marketed to children. Leave Disney and come into the adult world then. Madonna did very well for herself in adult land you can too. Sure, parents are the ultimate role model and you do have a point. But you look really silly trying to say you are growing up and still trying to hold on to the children market. You don't see Hollywood making R rated My Little Pony movies and then laughing at upset parents. No, they make R rated movies marketed to adults and it's all good. If you really want to grow up then get off the fence.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dan L

    Wow, I completely agree with Miley Cyrus on this one. Parents need to stop looking at entertainers as role models, I don't care how much you spent on her tickets or album or whatever. Of course your children will see her as a role model, but it is your job as a parent to let your kids know the difference between entertainers and role models. These days it seems easier to throw a few dollars at concert tickets or cable tv and let them raise your kids, but a quick glance at the daily headlines should tell you where that will get your children. Miley sounds like an intelligent young woman and I respect her comments and opinion on this matter.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  67. brad

    she's not a role model, she not a good singer, and she doesn't seem to be too smart. I'm not sure what the problem is...

    January 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  68. OhioOrrin

    speaking as a single parent raising 2 daughters, the complaining parents obliged their precious lil ones desires to indulge in hannah montana fantasies...which I never did.

    now their precious lil ones fantasies return full circle to haunt those indulging parents.

    ms cyrus has every right to conduct herself as she is. it is predictable that she would do so at some point in her young life.

    she is NOT responsible for your parental indulgences.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Dempseysdame

    If she doesn't want to be a role model for young kids, I personally can't blame her – but then she needs to end her contract with DISNEY and cancel her DISNEY KIDS TV SHOW and all other contracts relating to that. She's got a real and valid point about parents needing to take on the responsibility of parenting their own children – She's 100% correct – but she wants the life in the public eye – and being a successful entertainer means putting up with public opinion and being judged and constantly called on the carpet for your behavior – Case in point – Miley truly is a child and she's learning very young what being part of Hollywood is going to be about – do something the public doesn't like – or your sponsors and that may not make you a "bad person" but it will get you fired and loose your endorsements. Hello, Tiger Woods? Hello, Charlie Sheen? - She wouldn't be a celebrity without Disney – she chose to grow up in front of the nation being a pretend pop star TV role model – and now complains of her own success. She's a kid who can't appreciate what she has yet – and doesn't really get that when the time comes for her to put her childhood Hanna Montana image behind her the public will let her – as long as the transition is natural and age appropriate – – but she's not talented enough to make it as a big star on her own voice or acting abilities yet and see the same success the average grade school girl has bestowed upon her so far!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mom of a tween

    Being the mother of an 11 year old girl, who is a big fan of Hannah and now Miley, it is up to me to moniter what she sees. I think alot of parents are missing some great opportunities for education. Yes she (Miley) has done these things, but that is not appropriate for to have done that, or it is not approptiate behavior for some one her/your age. I also moniter all her on-line activities. If mom or dad are not available to sit and watch her on the computer, guess what no computer time. Our daughter knows what is expected of her, and we use these incidents as real life visual teaching aids.

    And the Vanity Fair photo shoot – come on people have you never had a professional photograph taken – No matter what the final "look" of the picture, she was sitting on a stool had her jeans and shoes on and stylists and other's just out of "frame" to get the shot before the hair fell or the folds of the sheet weren't just right. That picture is out there on the web also. The wide shot of the actual "shoot"

    That said, I am sorry Miley you are a role model. But thanks for sometimes modeling somewhat inappropriate behavior from time to time. My child can recognize when things are appropriate or not.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  71. BT

    I can't believe I am saying this but I agree with her 100%. Parents it's your job to raise your kids, don't let celebrities be the excuse when you screw up as a parent.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Sallyforth

    I suspect that Miley didn't even know what a role model was until someone explained it to her. I think she should take a "timeout" (well, she is a kid!) and get her act together or, one of these years, we'll be reading about her in the paper and it won't be good.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Erica

    Wake up little girl...you are a role model. Whether you like it or not, little girls look up to you. They want to act the way you act and dress the way you dress. Parents can tell them no, sure, but it wont stop them from wanting to BE you. So buck up and take responsibility for the things you do. I understand, every other 17 year old would wear a bikini and no one would say anything, but unfortunately...Miley chose a life in the spotlight.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Sandy

    There's some serious problem with any adult who thinks being a Disney star, or being rich and famous makes a child a role model. Miley has been a star for about half of her life- how does that qualify her as a role model?! Of course she flip flops on her views / statements / behavior – she is still an ignorant kid herself!

    I don't agree with the naughty pictures or pole dancing, and would most certainly discipline my daughter for that – she's 14 and I don't allow her a MySpace page nor for any of her friends to post her picture on the internet. However I take responsibility for being my daughter's role model, showing her how to behave appropriately, and showing her what I belive to be other female role models that I prefer her to emulate. That is my job....I'm her parent. PARENTS, DO YOUR JOBS!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  75. mily

    Miley,

    Send me back the hundreds upon hundreds of dollars I have spent on your concert tickets and toys etc and I will give you back your private life and you will not have to be anyone's role model.
    It comes with the territory...celebrities with character embrace it and change the world positively.....others get hooked on drugs and spend their millions and end up in celebrity rehab. Which will you be?

    January 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  76. brenda

    The last time I thought a partially nude picture of either my son or daughter was "beautiful" ...they were 1 yr old; No partially topless, front only covered by a blanket or whatever, picture of my daughter would be beautiful to me....isn't that was Playboy does? What she does beyond 18 is mostly out of my control, but not until then.. You don't want to be a role model, then stop making money this way!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  77. becks

    I have all the respect in the world for Miley coming out and telling the parents of the world to back off and learn to parent their own kids. As a 23 year old I grew up with lots of "role models" out there who were more than skanky. Britney went through her "I'm a virgin oh wait no I'm not" phase, Christina went through her "dirrty" phase and none of that put me in a situation where I became a huge skank. I had good parental guidance and positive role models in the real world. Did I still enjoy the music of people like Britney, Christina, Madonna and others? Sure! Do I enjoy Miley's music? Absolutely! It's my guilty pleasure! But having my parents actually *parent* me seems to have turned me out well. I'm confident, educated and morally round, and so are my friends who all had parenting parents. It's not Miley's, who's 17, job to parent your children. She didn't make them, she shouldn't be raising them.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Concerned

    Funny. Two years ago she was saying she wanted to be a role model for everyones children. My, how times have changed. i don't allow her in my house, have never allowed her in my house and find the whole thing kind of sad. If she were in school with my daughter, she would be labeled a slut for her behavior. Now, some kids find that cool, but a slut is a slut. If you don't want people to call you a tramp or whatever, maybe stop acting like one. I see many child stars out there that keep their clothes on.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Louise

    My six year old grandaughter loves her and dances around with a toy mike and sings.....of course she is a role model....young girls look up to her. I personally don't think much of her myself...just another spoiled celebrity brat....really!! Look around the stores it's Hannah Montana everything and costly too!! She is making her big $$$ from all her little fans.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Give Me a Break (Sorry John Stossel)

    Let me get this straight. Disney-Billy Ray-Miley target an audience of young girls with music, tv show and movies. Music, tv show and movies are hugely successful because young girls listen to, watch and attend in vast numbers (not to mention purchase all related merchandise). Disney-Billy Ray-Miley market a squeeky clean image so that parents have no problem with their young girls listening to, watching and attending (not to mention allowing their young girls to purchase all related merchandise or purchasing it for them). Disney-Billy-Ray-Miley make an absolute fortune as a result. Miley achieves superstar status with young girls, gaining fame and celebrity all over the world. Yet Miley doesn't think she should be considered a role model to young girls. Sorry Miley, love ya, but it comes with the territory.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Sam

    Fine...I dont need her to be a "Role Model" necessarily, but Disney promotes all positivity, and promote the squeaky clean images we want our children to strive for, and if she is going to be controversial in ANY way (as deemed by the general American public) then perhaps DISNEY needs to step in and get rid of her or any other child star endorsed by them. I have higher expectations from anyone that is supported and promoted by Disney than if they were products of the MTV or VH1 garbage that's out there.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Anne

    Unbelievable...So, the 10 year old neighbor kid who's parents let him get an myspace/facebook page going, then bought him an iphone and a flip video and recorded himself picking his nose then posting it to the web and has had thousands of viewings, should I let my kids use him as a role model too??? No, I tell my kids he's silly, and NO – YOU CAN"T HAVE A PHONE or a Facebook page! Just because Miley is being pushed by the media and she has a clothes line in store, should we idolize her? Should our kids? NO – and, shows now are NO worse than the 80's like so many have stated...Anyone else watch 'The Breakfast Club' or 'Stand by me", Family Ties (drug episope) Growing Pains (anorexic episode), or buy a Madonna album, or a Teen Bop magazine? Check out the language and outfits from the 80's people! Unfortunately we didn't have the WEB, or consistant access to it in our faces...Entertainers in the 80's were not better than they are now, role model wise...I don't know why people think just because a person is in the spotlight, they must behave accordingly...whatever, no one is perfect, and you'll never be able to make one perfect, so lay off of Miley and focus on your own doing to ensure right and wrong in your family.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Josef

    Good parents end up with bad kids and bad parents end up with good kids. We all can try our best to be the best parents ever but it comes down to individual choices made at any given stage of our life including childhood. If Miley Cyrus goes on to do humanitarian work and help out with the world this all blows over. If she ends up with a shaved head, drunk and pregnant we all saw it coming. Truth is we don't know where she will end up. As of right now things don't look good (remember britneys slow downward spiral was ignored as she got more and more racy and she aged and took more and more control of her own life). @heth sorry but as a society we always judge others choices its called the court system. Our society deems some things socially acceptable that other parts of the world shudder at. I realize it doesn't have an anti stupidity law but I believe most people here just have some desire to be albe to point out to their children someone near their own age whom they admire making good decisions. Yes my kids can follow my example but the more good examples we have in this world the better off the world would be. I don't judge I just hope for the best for Miley that she will mature and turn out okay.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Pimp Your Kids

    People! Has it occurred to anyone that both sides are correct. Yes, Miley Cyrus is a role model whether she likes it or not, if not, then don't be in the public eye. And yes, parents are responsible for how they raise their kids. But, you are fools if you think that celebrities do not have an influence on children. No, correct that: You are an idiot! And defending or downplaying the pornification of our young women is disgusting.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kdau

    Taylor Swift seems to be finder her way and being a good role model at the same time!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Jesse

    I actually loved her comments. I think parents use celebrities as a scapegoat far to often for their childs misbehavior. Parents of children growing up right now need to set more guidance over their child and stop parenting by putting them in front of a television. For a 17-year old this was an incredibly mature comment by Cyrus.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Shannon

    I totally agree with the girl. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their own damn kids. If you dont like what your kids are watching, be an active part in it and steer them in the right directions.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. eliisis7

    so lets see, suzy q – its miley's fault that your daughter gets pregnant???? just how you figure that one is beyond me – your daughter is responsible for her own actions – miley is not forcing your daughter to have unprotected (note that one) sex with her boyfriend – your daughter has made her own choice – oh it is soooo easy to blame others for our own mistakes or those our children make – but its not taking responsibility or holding yourself accountable for your actions that is what is really going on – and we all need to do that and not try to pass the blame to someone else -

    January 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Florence

    @suzy q: are you kidding??
    did you talk to your daughter about safe sex or did you want to wait for Miley to do so? Well then, I guess you'd still sue her for bringing sex in your daughter's life??? Also, abortion is still legal in this country....

    January 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  90. comp

    I tend to agree with Stacy. Role model question aside, Miley is starting to shoot her career in the foot.. I am in my mid-twenties. My friends and I like to dance around to Miley and take guilty pleasure in HM but you won't catch us spending a dime on her concerts, cds, and merchandise. That $ is coming from the parents of the audience she is trying so desperately to seperate herself from. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

    Right now, she's too close to Disney for the older crowd to accept her whole heartedly.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Kelly

    Wow! What happened to the time when our parents and mentors(teachers,service men and women, ect) that we interact with and supposed to be teaching us right from wrong are our role models and encouraged to be so. The fact that our children are turning to the media (and in some cases probably the only way the see positive behavior) for role models is sad and shows how far we have strayed from the family atmosphere. I agree that being part of Disney does indicate that you are watched by millions of children, but in no way should Miley be responsible for the way children act or watch. If you let your children watch any TV then you should be able to tell them what is a what's not appropriate. Miley is growing up and is making her decisions as an adult....if you think she's acting older than what your children should be viewing...turn her off.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  92. B's Mom

    We just have to find a happy medium. When we noticed that our daughter started being sassy and back-talking us whenever she watched Hannah Montana, she lost the privilege of watching that TV show. But she can still listen to Miley's CDs.

    We're cautious about what she watches. Of course we can't protect her forever and fortunately she didn't see the pole-dancing. But if she had, we'd explain to her that it's not appropriate and why we're disappointed that Miley made a choice to dance that way in front of boys and others.

    It's always a balancing act to help our kids live in this scary world while teaching them what's appropriate. It's always a challenge. Every single day. We do our best and pray for a good outcome. We talk with our kids (ages 6 and 9) about what we believe and the choices we hope they'll make.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Matt

    People - It has nothing to do with bad parenting. And if you think so, I have to believe you are not a parent or are bad at it.
    Unless you lock your kids up in a closet and refuse to let them have any free will whatsoever, they are going to look up to media figures. SORRY – that's the society we live in, unless you're Amish (no disrespect if you are). You can, and should, guide them down the path you feel is correct, however, if your child enjoys watching or listening to Miley Cyrus, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. You can stop them from watching, but you can't stop them from liking it, and if you try your kids will eventually rebel. And if they do like her, chances are they want to emulate her.
    So, again, Miley is a role model.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Steve Lyons

    It would be nice if there were perfect role models, but that isn't the case. Miley is straight on accurate that the parents need to take responsibility for raising their own kids. One of those steps is to correct the liberal bias and leftover psychedelic mindset that has infected the public school system. Today they are teaching nonsense like global warming and the feelings of numbers rather than traditional math and science that enabled scientists and engineers to put a man on the moon and bring them back. My kids are constantly being bombarded with politically correct garbage I spend half of their home work time setting things straight. And the politically correct bias in the homework assignments is blatant.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  95. marie

    I agree that parents should be responsible for monitoring what their kids watch etc.. But Miley is a total idiot!! She spent a long time marketing herself as "Hannah Montana" a character that many, many children loved. They watched all her shows, bought all her stuff, helped her become a big star. Now all of a sudden since she is 17 (still a minor by the way) she thinks she can just turn around and say "Forget them. I can do what I want". I am not surprised but it is a very irresponsible thing to do and is just wrong.
    I hardley think that a lot of 17 year olds are out there pole dancing and posing nude!!
    She's an idiot and is on her way to becoming the next Britney Spears. Don't be surprised if you see her being taken away by ambulance someday to the psych ward. Good riddens to bad rubbish!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Kerry

    wether she likes it or not she is a role model, but not a good one. She has chosen to be in the spotlight and unless she takes herself out of it
    she always will be a role model. I am a teenage girl, and most of us do not pole dance and post explicit pics of ourselves on myspace or facebook. Only the trashy girls do.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  97. mark

    And how does the average kid even know what pole dancing is in the first place? Where did they get that knowledge before Miley?

    While I don't think ANYONE should be so selfish as to avoid responsibility for their own actions, I firmly believe that how the so called adults respond to something makes a far, far bigger impact.

    Use it as a learning opportunity, sure. A teaching moment, certainly. But to fly off the handle, write tons of articles, have news stories and pound it to death forerver – really?

    Come on adults – be constructive, take responsibility for your actions, and raise your kids well.

    Those in the public eye – remember: it is short-lived. Don't take anything for granted, look at yourself in the mirror and ask the question: "If this were the last thing I did to be remembered by, is this what I would choose?"

    Then, I guess we should all live life that way – Is this what I would want to be doing, if this was the last thing I did before I died? I suspect many (myself top of the list), would choose differently.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Stacy

    There are pro's and con's to this topic. If she hadn't grown up on tv, would a "half-nude photo of a 17 year old" really shock us? Probably not (it's 2010 people).

    At the same time, she needs to realize that all her publicity (music, tv, toys, etc.) IS intended for young girls and that they will end up looking up to her in the end. So she, and her parents, need to monitor her actions.

    No one is stopping her from being a teen and growing up, but she needs to accept the responsibility of her role/career which ultimately will pay her bills

    January 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Dano

    I agree its not up to Miley....if parents don't like what she is doing...barr your kids from anything Miley. You are the parent, you SHOULD have control.
    And as for Miley, she is just going down the same path as every teen fame seeker...willing to sell themselves short for fame and fortune. We is on the path of spewing out trash like Britney is doing in her later years. some people have no morals, no standards. Anyways that said..PARENTS, do your job!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Di H

    this is for suzyq from yesterday. Just because your daughter gets pregnant is not Miley's fault. You need to get a life and monitor your
    daughter's webpage. Just because she is 15, she still is a minor under YOUR authority. Once again, it is the parents responsibilty or is she just a normal teenager you got an unlucky break for the time.

    HELLLO!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Cat

    The issue at hand is not whether Miley acts appropriate for her age or whether she's a bad influence on teens–the issue is how much stock our society places on celebrities and the fact that society and entertainment have taken over the parenting role more than actual parents! Is Miley's image sexy? Yes. Is it over the top for a 17-year-old? I don't think so. She's right about parents having responsibility. Children will sometimes rebel, make poor decisions, and test you, but if you teach them right and look after them, then you've done your job.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Julie Labrouste

    I agree with Miley. She isn't in the business of being a role model. It's bad parents that attempt to cast media people that way in an effort to blame someone else for their own lack of parental skills, laziness, passiveness, etc. If you don't want your child to watch/emulate Miley, or Brittney, or Paris, or whomever, that's YOUR RESPOSIBILITY, not theirs! If I were Miley, which would be really cool I'd be a lot more frank than she was and tell all these people, especially bad parents, to go BUZZ-OFF!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  103. April

    Rob I am one of those teenagers too. I do look at myspace and facebook and there are plenty of teenagers that do post things like that but they are the girls that dont get any respect from guys. I understand that she wants to be young and have fun but someday she will see that when youre famous its not all about you. She needs to remember that if it wasnt for her fans PARENTS shes wouldnt be at the place she is. I thinks its safe to say she can afford to tone it down a bit to make the fans happy and still have fun being young.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Steve

    Too bad, Miley, but anyone in the Entertainment, Sports, political world where the fame, power and especially financial rewards are great MUST realize they WILL be a role model wherether they like it or not. That is the price they pay for their otherwise fantastic lifestyle.

    You want privacy? Either give up your fame and fortune (maybe go to college and get a 'normal' job) or lead a very non-newsworthy, boring private life, because the paparazzi and their ilk will always be at your heels every time you sneeze.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Becky

    Thank you, Nancy – you said better what I was thinking and going to say. Public computer use by your kids should be monitored by you. It should be accessible to you. You should keep check of their history on the computer and keep track of what they are doing and looking at. If you're not computer literate, then its time you were.

    Role models? Yes and no. Again it goes back to the parent and tv control, cinema, etc.

    I'm a parent and a grandparent with a 15 year old female living with me. And until she's 18 she lives by my rules. I will check facebook, MySpace, etc. And she knows that.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  106. ?????

    I represent MAM... Mothers Against Miley! Not an offical group but I really have thought about starting a website!
    She is toxic and whether she likes it or not she IS a role model and she is HORRIBLE at it. I have to admit, I'm done blaming her though. Her parents should be ashamed of themselves. She is a child, and a child should stay in a child's place, and her parents have not enforced that. Shame on them!! She is a minor child that has very publicly dated and adult man. He would be in jail if she were my child!! Also shame on Disney for continue to promote her. Disney has proved that they will do anything for money... Miley is the meal ticket for several Disney Execs. And Shame on Nickolden for even airing the 2009 Teen Choice pole dance!! I was appaulled!!!! There are so many people at fault for this train wreck waiting to happen. I really feel bad for the girl, because she's got a long road ahead, and from where I'm sittting, it doesn't look pretty!!! I also find it VERY interesting that ZOE101 gets booted when Little Spears got preggers, why?? Because she wasn't a good role model. Funny thing is, she got pregnant by a boy her own age. But it's ok for Miley to date an adult (LOL)?? Why the double standard? Knocked up and shaking up are equally inappropriate when you are a minor... PERIOD!!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  107. t4texas

    Susy Q,
    Don't blame Miley for the choices your daughter made.
    Congratulations Granny!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  108. hilda

    Anne you are so right, parents do not realize that they may be the role model why would a sports person or entertainer be one, we have no idea of the dark secrets of there lives and they will probably be the first to say how bad there lives were. So those parents that depend on them to be role models, need some direction and I suggest to get it quick. I have raised 3 young man and are great, but the things I saw with facebook and my page will shock you.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Joe R.

    To all you celebrities (sports, hollywood, etc.): Like it or not, YES you are role models for many people out there; it comes with the territory just like losing your privacy. You're not role models for me personally, however. While I believe parents are to play bigger roles in raising their children, children still have their own wills.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Wendy

    Jane, that could be said about any celebrity. Kids shouldn't have these people as role models anyway, and parents should persuade them against doing so. When I was younger my own cousin was my role model, not someone I didn't know.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Jeanine

    Miley.....go on and live your own life and let people worry about how their kids turn out for themselves! And if they need you to help parent, then maybe they shouldn't be having kids.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Sandra

    Miley is a human being, just like all us that is living in this world. No, she is not a role model. Parents are responsible for what the kids watch, listen, read etc. So what she works for disney, the fact remain she is not a role model, thats the problem with this world, people always want to blame everybody else, but they don't see the blame lies within the home, where these kids are being raised. You have to talk to your kids about life the do's and dont's etc. You have to monitor the computer, friends,etc. There is alot going on among this generation and its not cute, but it is wicked. Miley is not responsible for a young girl having sex or wanting to have sex, its alot of peer pressure. If you asked these kids today, why they do what they do, they will honestly tell you they don't know why or they are doing it, because everyone else within their age group is doing it and they did not want to be left out. Whether you believe in it or not, it is time for us to have prayer placed back in the schools and we need to pray within our families. Parents need to start being parents and not friends of their kids. Hollywood can only lead you to hell, if you think for one moment their interest is for your kids to be postive, that does not make them any money, only the negative stuff that they show on tv, internet, music etc makes them rich. Wake up people, before it is too late.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  113. heth

    Ok, seriously, wtf. Miley is allowed to do whatever she wants to do with her life. Do you blame every celebrity who has been in jail/rehab on the way your child acts? Obviously, she isn't working for Disney for some reason or another and therefor is not REQUIRED to be a mandatory role model. Probably why they dropped her a long time ago. Being a woman with role models such as Britney Spears, this is nothing new. Parents shouldn't be blaming the world for their mistakes. She is a young girl and has every right to explore the world and her body. Who are you to judge what she does or says? If you want to blame anyone for her actions, blame her parents. I don't think it's fair that you blame a young women for your lack of parenting skills. To those of you who are naive and think that pole dancing and racy photos on the web are not common teenage activity, be mistaken. Children across the US are starting to have sexual relations as young as 7th-8th graders. I just don't think that you should blame your failures on a woman who is trying to live her life and dreams.

    And to those of you who say that she automatically becomes a role model because tweens spend money on her and she should give it back, honestly? THE PARENTS ARE THE ONES GIVING THEM THE MONEY! So once again, the faults of children lay only in the hands of their parents and not a celebrity they see on tv.

    I personally dislike Miley because she is annoying, but I don't think anyone should hold barr or judge ANYONE else's life choices because of who they are.

    Kudos to her!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Dana

    She is an idiot. A role model's responsiblity is to show proper behavior, not illicit behavior! Grow up Miley! And have your parents take some ideal parenting classes. It is always the famous people who put a spin on things that are immoral. Grow up and take some responsiblity for your dumb actions even if you are a star and rich.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Bonnie

    I hate to be the voice of reason here but her 'pole dancing' was the umbrella at the top of an ice cream cart. You know the bar that's in ballet class that your little ones hold onto when they do their little ballet moves, are you gonna call that 'pole dancing' too? As far as being a 'role model', perhaps it would be best to teach your children that a 'role model' should be someone they actually know and admire for something important they have accomplished rather than a celebrity whose main job is to entertain. You're not going to cure cancer with that!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Pamela

    Leave Miley alone. She does act more like a role model on
    Hannah Montana. Which when her first concert was meet
    Miley Cyrus, she separated both singers. Now he recent concert
    was Miley Cyrus only. I attended the WW concert this year in
    November. My child went with me and she was in no way seeing
    inapproprate amything. She took her just as Miley.
    Now there were a lot of young kids there dressed like Hannah Montana. I am sure they were surprised, but you need to research
    concerts like the opening act. That was a little more riske then
    her show.
    Miley is growiing up and she is in no way an adult yet. Let her do
    her music.
    Remember most of you probably attended or liked Madonna at that
    time in the 80's. You remember what you parents thought of her.
    Miley is nothing like her.
    So all of a sudden inappropriate is not the same as when Madonna was doing it.
    The Disney name was no where sponsoring her concert.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  117. joelle

    Miley is totally right. Leave her alone parents and own up to your responsibilities. You should teach your kids right from wrong and they will make their own choices. Miley is not responsible for your childrens actions. To blame her is rediculous....

    January 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  118. SILVIA R.

    I agree with her. she is "not a role model" like other comments here. She picked Disney to help her career. and she is old enough to know what is right and wrong.. and some of her decision making is been bad. like all the videos she possted on youtube. her comments on youtube. making out in Paris with the boyfriend.(older boyfriend) she knows in this career everybody is watching. even if we control what our kids watch on t.v. is on all the different channels.. magazines. When you think no one sees you ... always someone is... And I don't see the other girls from Disney Selena G. and Demi Lovato Pole dancing. they are the same age... She is her own decision making.. and some of those are not always perfect.... I have two girls 15 and 13. and after the first season of her show.. they stop watching .. they didn't like what they saw after that...

    January 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  119. fishfish

    are we not through this topic in our lives yet? Entertainers and athletes are supposed to be role models for kids? What happens is people pick out the person they feel should be a role model and then expect that person to live up to the expecations set for him or her. We hear all the time about athletes with guns or drugs, or singers, or actresses and actors all having problems and challenges in their life, just like we go through. I dont think its fair for them to be held to any different standards just because they are in the lime light and if you do, be my guest to try and walk a mile in their shoes, see how it feels, every single thing you do gets talked about or written about, say goodbye to your privacy.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  120. VanM

    Come on people! Before Miley, there was Madonna and of course, Brittney Spears ( in my opinion, one of the worst influence ). So, don't blame Miley for your kids' bad behaviour. It all comes down to bad parenting. I have a 9 year old girl and as much as she likes Miley and the Jonas Brothers, she doesn't have a single CD of theirs or much of anything that says " Hannah Montana" or "Jonas Brothers".

    Talk to your kids. Most want as much of your attention as they can get.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Richard Z

    Wow, this simply reinforces the idea that she should step out of the spotlight. It is clear she is not up to the responsibility. While parents should be more diligent in parenting, it would be very difficult to counteract Cyrus and Spears and the like.

    If these celebrities (marketed to teens and tweens) can't take the heat, then perhaps they shouldn't be in the spotlight.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Tami

    Suzy Q..... totally ridiculous that you even said that..
    Sounds to me like its time to teach safe sex to your own

    January 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Mike

    Suzy Q is a failed parent

    January 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Carolyn

    If you chose to be famous and make millions of dollars off of young girls who chose to wear your clothes and act like you, you must also accept the responsibility that comes with the fame and fortune. Your parents guided you down that path; they must also guide you down the path of responsibility.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Shawna

    Ok, Miley Cyrus or Hannah Montana or whoever this girl emulates herself to be is a complete and total fictional character. What she wants to do on her own time is her business, but when she is in the publics eye, she should behave herself and act like a good girl. Its called self control and responsibility and she should learn it. If she chooses not to learn it though, all parents need to do is explain to their children that what she is doing is not appropriate! Its not difficult and that is the parents responsibily to their kids... Dont blame that part on the super star.

    Grow up people and realize that celebrities only have a minor effect on your children as long as your paying attention!!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Heath

    When she wants to live her life in public and reap the financial rewards of that public life, she is subject to public opinion. While parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children, choosing a public life comes with a certain obligation to act appropriately or suffer the consequences. Just ask Charlie Sheen and Tiger.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Matt

    This discussion is ludicrous. I'm going stop my daughters from following her simply because she is foolish enough to think she is not a role model.

    Miley – 95% of your income comes from young impressionable girls, and you seem to have no problem cashing in on that. Here's a news flash for you, since your father obviously hasn't explained how the industry works. Your fans look up to you – hence they want to be like you. And that makes you a role model whether you like it or not.

    If you don't want to be criticized, then stop taking their money!!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Jeanette

    Maybe everyone should act as role models for their own children instead of leaving it up to entertainers and celebs. If you don't like what your kids are seeing/watching, maybe you should monitor their activities a bit more. You can't control everything they do you you sure can try to be more involved istead of point fingers and laying blame.

    Suzy Q (the 35 year old grandma) way to pass the blame for your 15 year old daughter hooking up with some dude on the web and givin' it up.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Psmart

    Parents – man up! As a parent of a 19 year old and a 12 year – they both have Facebooks & MySpaces and guess what, they either accepted me as a friend or they did NOT have them. And I monitor what they do (or did in the case of my now adult daughter) – STOP BLAMING OTHER INFLUENCES. SusieQ – if you think anyone's daughter get pregnant because they idolized Miley – where exactly did this child have the "chance" to get pregnant – oh, that would be when a parent did not take the time to check up on what, where, how, who etc. My kids hate (and hated) that I did that – "Sure, you can go to Paula's as soon as I talk to Paula's mom" – ok, reality is, even then, my kids have and will find ways to get around that but overall, they know it won't be easy to pull the wool over this parent's eyes....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  130. hooch

    Miley, my 12 year old loves both Miley and Hannah you are great no matter what anyone says , do what you love to do, and in its best, let us parents take care of our own child. and you keep on being who you are.

    we love you

    January 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  131. mike

    What these celebs fail to understand is that there is a price to be paid for the luxurious, pampered lifestyles they lead. To say you want one, without scrutiny is the definition of selfish. Miley Cyrus has made probably 500 million in the last 5 or 6 years, more than most executives at major corporations, who have perhaps 1000 people under their wing. Miley's finances are derived directly from girls (and boys) who view her image, watch her actions on tv, and yes, sadly, read TMZ. It kills me when celebs think they should be allowed to work, make money, and live the life they do but yet think they shouldn't be held responsible for their image in public. They can do whatever they want behind closed doors, but once they decide to post nude pics, do strip teases, etc on the stage or internet, then their privacy is OVER as far as I'm concerned. Deal with it, or get a job like the rest of America, Miley.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Rach

    She is right that people cant expect a 17 year old to be a complete roll model. Thats like sayin the 17 year old kid down your street should be a roll model to your kids. However, I will say that she is in the spotlight kids will probably copy her. But seriously shes probably not the first person we should be worrying about. They should lighten up on her. But I will also say her photo shoot was suggestive and I think that's border-lining pedophile material, just like the girls who get in trouble in school for sexting. Its not meant for people under 18 no matter how famous you are you shouldn't do it. You're playing with fire.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  133. 15 year old's father

    Just look at Brittney Spears and her mousekateer friend Christina Agulaiera. Although Christina does seem to have more brains, but for a while there she looked like a harlot too. Miley will be getting out of a limo with no panties on some day, you'll see. We'll ALL see.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  134. robbie wade

    never heard those comments while she was taking all those young girls money.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Debra Ssavittieri

    Miley is absolutely correct!
    She and her parents are entertainers, NOT role models.
    No one should be considered a role model under the age of 40 anyway! That is just plain ignorant.
    Those Photos are taken to show beauty and artistic talent..
    Negative and jelous people will always find the negativity in everything and people should be more aware of those who condem.
    MIley is awome and her parents have done a great job obviously by Mileys love towards them, and Miley has certainly not been in trouble so far...so she has my votes!
    I had some pictures done a year of so ago (I am 57 yrs old) that were awsome and I was naked....but tastefully done in siloette, and I had negative comments by jelous women.....
    My comments back to them? "Hey, your showing your jelousy, GET IN SHAPE AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF FOR HEAVENS SAKE, LIFE IS SHORT".

    You keep it up Miley and Billy Ray! I love you all.

    Debra

    January 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Steve

    Like most child star entertainers, she is both an exhibitionist and a narcissist. The consumers of entertainment encourage and reward this behavior, and then complain about it. People grow up the way thy're brought up and she's as much a testimony to this fact as anybody else..

    January 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  137. JEANNE

    My 4 year old grand daughter loves Miley – If you don't want to be a role model to 4 year olds – stop selling toys and clothes made for small children. – Miley needs to take responsibity for her actions!

    January 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Parent

    Suzy Q:

    I'm hoping your story is just a "for instance" but for discussion we can mention these facts:

    Several decisions had to be made along the way from "saw picture" to "pregnant".
    Your daughter made them, I hope they were informed decisions.
    If not, it isn't Miley's job to teach her, or to be perfect to be emulated.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Christie

    Too bad Miley Cyrus. You are a role model. Grow up & put some clothes on.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Joe McGrath

    If you don't know what your kids are posting on the net, blame yourself. The mass media is cranking out this stuff, and feeds on it, just like those consumers who can't get enough of it on the TV and 'net. Come on, folks, don't you remember how the entertainment news shows were calling a 15 year old named Brittany Spears a "sex symbol"? Yes, they did, and she was very much a minor. Looks like that was the idol image that was created for her at the demand of the consumer. Look it up if you don't remember.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Janet

    Whether they like it or not, anyone in the public eye is a role model. You can't decide whether or not you want to be, it just goes with the territory. Explicit pictures posted on the computer is not a "rite of passage". I have raised two beautiful young women and they haven't done that. Young people will quite often live up to, or down to, your expectations for them.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  142. erick

    It is up to us on how we raise our kids...NOT up to Miley Cyrus or other so-called stars...

    January 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  143. uhyeah

    I am a mom. I just watched the video of Miley's so called "Pole dancing". Come on! This girl was mostly holding the pole with ONE kinda, sorta squat. As for her clothing...yes I agree the shorts were a little short BUT in the 80's we had Madonna...Samantha fox...and countless others who either were dressing not appropriate to our parents...or were too sexually suggestive. We survived it and with our parents guidance we learned that these people are entertainers...not role models. Miley is simply another entertainer who is being made another excuse as to why our children are turning out the way some of them are...but in reality...they are products of OUR own parenting. We all need to slow down and stop grasping for every excuse out there for the behaviors of OUR children. They will be who they will be once they are grown...even with great parenting you still never know what your children may choose to do in their life. Another thing...I am pretty sure they are exposed to far worse than Miley Cyrus in other places..like schools or just out in public where anyone dresses any way they want. Do the best you can with your kids and let the entertainers be just that..entertainers.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Arabian Redneck

    To everyone saying miley doesn't have any talents I bid you wrong.

    She is a remarkable dancer. Her technique on the pole is exquisite.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Teresa

    Everyone needs to wake up and smell the coffee!! It;s time to step up as a parent and take responsibility for your child/childre. Parents are negligent, lazy, and hand everything to their kids on a silver platter theses days. What happened to teaching them values? Parents let the computer, cell phones, ipods, etc teach and interact with their children instead of them their selves. Miley's statement is so true and parents are just teed off because the truth hurts. If you don't like her don't watch or listen to her. The pole dancing give me a break. It's not a a dirty thing anymore. They have exercise classes that use "stripper" poles.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Pimp Your Kids

    You are right that parents are responsible for their children's actions and Miley Cyrus' parents should be ashamed of themselves for pimping out their daughter and allowing her to do the things she is doing. And, yes, like it or not she does have an impact on the children who watch her show. If she didn't there wouldn't be so much Hannah Montana merchandise being sold. Next year's hot Christmas item will be the Miley Cyrus Stripper Pole. No 12 year old girl should be without one.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  147. SandyN

    To the post by Suzy Q:
    1. Your 15 year old should not have a webpage

    2. You should monitor when she is on the computer and what she does on it.

    3. If you do let her have a myspace, or facebook account, it is YOUR job to make sure you know who is on it or who her "friends" are.

    4. Educate your daughter what can happen if she has sex. Even so, make sure she knows about proper methods of protection.

    5. Unplug the damn computer and play a family board game, go to the park, or maybe you and her can read a book together.

    Folks, a large part of what Miley said is true. We need to parent our kids and teach them what is right, what is wrong, what is socially acceptable, what the consequences are for certain behaviors. Maybe we can't stop them from seeing certain things in the media, but at least they will know when they are seeing something that is not acceptable. A 15 year old girl pole dancing is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
    At the same time, I do think someone like Miley does have to accept that by nature of what they CHOSE to do for a living, they do have a certain level of responsibility to model appropriate behavior. Especially as one poster noted, if they are in the business of entertaining children.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Like A Virgin

    Just a question... Does anybody remember Madonna???? Oh, ya.... She was a teen slut singing about her escapades in the 80's. She was quite a bit more risque than Miley could ever be. I say, leave this sweet girl alone.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  149. kaitlin

    Yep! Keep an eye on YOUR kids!!! if you parents don't like Miley then why did you buy your kid the CD for chirstmas? No one knows her and her family so she really can't be a role model. Quit blaming other people for your mistakes. Talk to your kids about teen pregnacy and you won't be a 35 year old grandma. Sex doesn't always end up with pregnancy. If you are that worried go get your daughter on birth control. Take charge parents!

    January 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Rob

    Why even listen to what these so called celebrities say?
    Especially her, or anybody like her... Worst example one can follow.
    She is a role model not to follow for the sexualizing and lack of moral value of children.
    role model...pffft, What a joke.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Guest

    Enough already about the supposed "pole dance". She was standing on top of an ice cream cart and the pole was there for her to balance so she wouldn't fall as they moved it across the stage. She made one dance move that people construed as "pole dancing". It's very easy to look it up on you tube just search for "party in the usa teen choice"
    Look it up and decide for yourself.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  152. April

    I am highly disappointed by her statements. I understand she does not want pressure to be put on her be perfect, as does no one, and ppl should not expect that. However, if you are going to put yourself in the spotlight you are making a decision to be an example and should take ownership of that responsibility.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Thatguy

    Miley was supposed to be this role model girls looked up too, you see her clothing at Wal-Mart, cereal, etc. Personally not all the blame shouldn't be put on her, but about 90% should. About 2 to 3 years ago she was announcing how she wasn't like Paris Hilton of Hannah Montana, you know she was growing up in a good way. So then now she has a boyfriend who teams up with his brother to beat the crap out of some guy and he didn't even do anything, he dad is a alchy and you can tell that dude is on some heroin.

    Realistically it's perhaps time she says "You know what, I lied to all of you, I am sorry, I am quitting the business so I can get my life going, no more glamour or false hope for your children, I was a bad pick and will end up like Paris Hilton, Britney, Lindsay Lohan, and etc.

    Miley is a slut and America knows it.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Tammy

    She will definitely not be a role model for my daughter anymore. We went to her concert last month and even my daughter was disappointed in Miley's trashy behavior. I think I have taught my daughter what is acceptable and what is not. Obviously when a 9 year old comes away from a concert disappointed in Miley's behavior, Miley is doing something wrong!!! But, this I can promise. Not 1 cent of my money will ever go to her again!!! No role model=No problem=No money from me!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Paul 19

    If your in the lime light yes you need to be alittle responsible for your actions. The photos I saw were sexy. As a parent I would have had them destroyed. If she wanted to post the picture because she thought they were career building well bad choice. If you let a 16 year old make those choices yes some are going to be wrong. As to all the other parents spouting off negative things. I say get a life and talk to your kids and explain the entertainment business to your kids. TV and Movies are "entertainment" not the place to teach the right or wrong morals of society.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Anne

    Wow...I posted earlier – and had to add this....So many people listed that Miley IS a ROLE MODEL...well, I'm sorry to see that there are so many parents who believe she is a role model since she's an entertainer...she's not my role model, and she won't be my kids' either. They watch her, they think she's pretty, love her songs, and she plastered everywhere – but my kids will have a true role model, and if they ever have confusion of what a role model should be, I'll help them figure it out. Miley is a great ENTERTAINER....NOT a role model...It's sad that so many people have confused entertainment with how life should really be. She is a great entertainer, and again, if you don't like her, then don't watch her.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Kellie

    I agree with many comments here, but not much of what Miley said. Yeah, parents should be responsible for their children. What she said about her parents, and how her family doesn't look for the negative, that's like being ostriches with heads in the sand. She was young and impressionable when those Vanity Fair pictures were taken. She picked Disney to be her career launcher and to be with Disney means, or at least used to mean, that you care about yourself and others and appear wholesome and clean cut. Unfortunately, most Disney child stars have forgotten this.

    By choosing the profession she has, she automatically became a role model, good or bad is her choice. She's doing an awful job.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Lori

    Oh my! Its so easy to blame others for the messed up way your raising your kids or blame others for your kids bad choices in life....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Tim

    Its about time some one called out the lazy parents its their job to raise their kids not the people on tv parents now a days try to put the responsibility on any one or thing except them selves.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  160. mike

    i feel stupid having even read this. She;s so ditzy i expect her to be as a centerfold of some porn magazine in the future, talking about how Christian she is. I personaly think hollywood finds the most likely people to grow up to be dirtbags, then again, her dad is an absolute fool so... what do we expect

    January 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  161. KLM

    Sorry Miley; ever famous person goes through this, it is not just about you. Also every child star has been hounded by the media, and held to higher standards than others been going on since the dawn of time. You and Your father (who by the way personally knew the spotlight he was allowing you to enter) made a choice, live with it, or get out of the spotlight. You are there by choice, remember...

    January 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Katie D

    suzyQ- again we can't stress enough, your children and they're actions are your ethics/morals being instilled in your daughter. Miley may have been photographed in a negative way, but she isn't pregnant. The choices your children make, reflect on what you have taught them. Thats like saying you will sue another kids parents cause that kid taught your kid how to swear..... seriuosly? Just by that comment alone, you are teaching your daughter that she doesn't have to take responsiblity for her actions, she can blame them on anyone else

    January 7, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Steeler

    Buy your kids an Amy Winehouse CD.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Rob

    Miley Cyrus is absolutely correct!!! She is an entertainer not a parent or a teacher. She is not responsible for your children. You are! Though your kids may like to watch her it's your responsibility as a parent to help your kids interpret the good from the bad. We as a responsible nation should spend more time accepting our responsibilities and less time blaming others for our failures.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Pimp Your Kids

    Two Words: Lindsay Lohan. Miley, do you really want to become the next Lindsey Lohan? Well, if you do, that stripper pole is going to be your best friend sooner than you think.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Joseph

    Youre all right. Cyress used you all to make a buck, Disney is junk with the smut they pass on in thier shows and previews, and Walt is rolling in his grave.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Guest

    No one wants to be a role model anymore – it is way too difficult to be decent and moral in this day and age. Sadly we relate wild and immoral to "teenager" as though that were how "teenager" were meant to be defined. We shrug off the indecent and have almost come to expect inappropriate behaviour as the norm.

    My 11 year old daughter watches Miley on her Saturday morning sitcom, she reads about her in her pre-teeny magazines, she may have even downloaded a song or two from itunes... however, she does not define her life from Miley's offscreen behaviour. She trusts in only one role model to define her life. You may have heard of him, tall beautiful Jewish man from Galilee...?

    January 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Really?? - By SNL..

    Miley,

    Your parents are sooo stupid to let you do things you did and now this!!
    Somebody should've warned you about the fact that you're still making money off of kids aging between 5 to 15.. They're coming to your concerts because they see you as a role model, the older ones know you're a talentless slut!

    January 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  169. The Bran

    Right on, Ms. Cyrus!

    Parents who moan about her being a 'bad role model' are looking for someone to blame. 'Why won't my kids talk to me about anything? Why do my kids talk back to me? Why do they only seem to be interested in clothes and music and boys?' Because they're KIDS. It happens. The best thing we can do is take some flippin' responsibility and be better role models ourselves. Oh, or here's a thought; you don't think Miley's a good model for your kid? Shut off the bleepin' TV!! Or better yet, get involved and explain to them why you think it's inappropriate and move on.

    This girl has a good head on her shoulders. She's being a good role model by defending herself against an onslought of unwarranted criticism. She shouldn't have to 'get out of the spotlight' to act like a normal kid and figure things out the way we all have. No amount of fame or publicity negates her inherent right to learning as she goes, and frankly, she's probably one of the best out there for young girls today.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Cindy B

    I agree with Stupid Miley....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  171. dhaffner

    Good points from Brit...I mean...Miley.
    She's 17 now, and has every right to choose not to be a positive role model.
    As an active parent (she may be shocked to find out it's actually parents who purchased all those toys, clothes, music and took children to the concerts...) I can now choose to not spend money on those things and to point out that Miley has selected the "I'm no role model" path.

    Being a teenager means that Miley doesn't yet comprehend that we don't "choose" to be role models. It's something that happens whether we like it or not. The issue isn't whether you are a role model...but whether you are a good one or a poor one.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Ari

    How I figure is if you're going to be in the public eye you're going to be a role model. Wether you're in a movie, you play a sport, or you sing a song. In addition to parents/family, friends, school, religion, MEDIA is a huge influance. And sure Miley wants to make her own mistakes and he parents should be parenting her... but she should consider the fact that she is in the public eye and be considerate to those girls that see what she does and want to replicate it. She should be thankful to be put in such an inportant roll and be a dang good influance. and it doesn't matter if it's MTV or Disney, kids will see it regaurless and she shoul dhave enough respect for herself and others not to be putting inapropriate pictures up on myspace.

    as for the professional pictures... i thought it was artful not wrong. and that "Polldance" she had he hand on the poll and crouched down. i think that was made alot bigger than what it was.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Brandon

    Let her live her life. There's tons of research showing that family influence and upbringing is much more influential than the media. Yes both will play a role, but ultimately it's what parents teach their kids that really matters.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Mike

    Ms. Piazza,

    I just wanted to point out that you should probably consider changing the title of your piece. Having read the article in Harper's, i saw that, while the sentiment you're pointing out is completely there, Cyrus said; "My job is to be a role model, and that's what I want to do..." . I don't really see how that translates to "I'm no role model." I understand taking journalistic liberties but shouldn't you avoid writing things not supported by your source material?
    Sorry if this is coming off as harsh, but I just thought it should be pointed out.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Kris a mom to teenagers

    Okay. Reality check here.....
    Oh please... for any teenager OR their parents that think that teens aren't posting explicit pics on Myspace... You really need to jump out of the hole you are in.. I can pull up Myspace and in less than 5 minutes show you 9 out of 10 Myspace profiles of friends of my kids who do this..mine included at times. I am not naive to the fact that my kids are just as guilty as Miley is for posting things they shouldn't..
    For you teens that say you wouldn't do this or you don't have friends that do this.. YOU ARE LYING... You are just lucky you didn't get caught.. You all push the limits in one way or another.. Just bending over so your cleavage shows is explicit. I think the problem is you kids have no idea what explicit means... The meaning is more broad than you think... It doesn't just mean "nude" pics...

    Just so you know.. If you are saying your kids would never do this or have never done this.. brace yourself... yours are the worst because you "think" they won't... they already have....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  176. greebo

    Right or wrong, the emulation of those getting major attention is inevitable.

    Also, right or wrong, at some point in a child's life a celebrity will trump the parent as a role model and this is not always the parent's fault. I have a feeling that those of you with comments similar to Dr. Spock's don't have children. Why is it that so many people without kids have such strong opinions on parenting?

    A parent can do their best to tell their child that a celebrity is not a good role model, but come on...the parent can preach broccoli all day long, but the kid is still gonna eat cake and cookies when mom and dad aren't looking.

    There's such a rush to judgement on both sides of this debate.

    For Miley, the longevity of her career is the motivation for this.
    She's transitioning to appeal to a different demographic and she's taking the easy, safe path which is to exploit her sexuality. Should we blame her for this? I don't think so, but I certainly don't fault anyone for loosing respect for her.

    Okay, she used to be whole grain bread, now she's a twinky.
    We've had our press release.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  177. jdw

    Ms. Cyrus needs to accept the fact that when she made the choice to become a celebrity, there are certain aspects and responsibilities that come with it. Fame doesn't come without attachments, and one of those is the undeniable and unavoidable fact that children will emulate things that their idols do. Parents cannot watch their kids 24/7 nor can they control what thoughts the children have. From the beginning of TV/Movies/Music, kids have observed and copied what they see and hear, be it cowboys & indians, Superman, Star Wars, whatever...they see these images and hear the sounds, and want to copy or be a part of it.

    When Miley took on the Disney persona and became famous and rich from it, she also took on the things that come with it. She is the one who chose the career, and she has to accept that whatever she does with it, she will be accountable for it. If she CHOOSES to go on a TEEN AWARDS SHOW and use a stripper pole in her routine, then that shows what kind of morals she has and what her OWN PARENTS instilled in her. She knows that children will be watching...that is who the show is for. In essence she is saying that the parents shouldn't WANT their kids to watch her...so who does that leave in her audience?

    I hope Disney cuts her loose...there will be no career for her after that. She has a terrible voice, her acting is sub-par, and she will not transition easily to anything past Disney. You reap what you sow, and I hope she learns that quickly.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  178. MN

    I'd guess someone said this already, but in case not: she actually said she IS a role model, but it is NOT her job to be a *parent*...

    Very misleading headline!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  179. jenifer

    As a former employee of disney parents need to understand the culture not only of the tv sceen but the theme parks. Disney is so regimented in their guidlines for park employees its rediculous. So that when employees are off the clock they go to the extreme, the tv side of things for disney is the same way. I see stars come in all wide eyed in awe of all that is disney and so they are willing to do anything... accept anything... Then after the awe wears off the cast member starts to want to have fun because the work is extremely regimented. That fun consists of mainly drinking and yes disney stars do drink. Drugs are involved a lot fo times. If disney to start with did not put so much pressure on the talant. weather that is on tv or in the parks. to be this way and no other way a lot of talant would not feel the need to release in this way.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  180. Rose

    I am sorry, did I miss something? How can Taylor Swift be a great role model and be very young, and handle everything around her and keep it all together? And this young women can't make good choices? I do understand she is learing and growing, but come on the whole pole dancing thing? and yes it is my responsibilty to parent my own child, and look out for her. is this is to become of our world we live in, my mom was right before she died, she said this world is only going to get worse and the kids in it too. she was right and that was 8 years ago. I feel bad for this young girl.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  181. Chesbaycruiser

    It is amazing to me how many people find it necessary to always blame someone for the actions of children, whether it is parents blaming Cyrus, or others blaming parents. Parenting is a very messy business, that doesn't come with a handbook. ALL parents make mistakes along the way, but even if we didn't, kids will still find plenty of ways to screw up in their journey to adulthood, and once they get there too.

    I'm not a fan (or hater) of Cyrus, but I think she's right about her central point. Don't expect a child to be a role model for children. That's true no matter what her net worth.

    IMHO.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  182. Michelle

    We as individuals do not live in a box but are responsible for our actions and how they affect others. I can't drive down the street the wrong way because it is against the law and I may affect the life of someone else. Yet as individuals we claim the right to live in a moral manner according to our own dictate. We claim that as long as I am not hurting anyone else who can tell me this is right or this is wrong. None of us are perfect and we all make mistakes but to think what we do with our own lives effects no one is ludicrous. How I behave in my home and those things I believe affect how and who I am in society and how I interact with others and how I think of others. To take no moral responsibility for my own actions is to let those around me down and injure emotionally all those who I come in contact with. She is famous and many children look up to her – of course how she conducts herself is important. She is also not a child but a young woman and we as adults lend to many excuses to these young people to act in reckless and damaging ways – shame on us. When then do we attach responsibility to their actions 25 or 30 – will they at that magic age suddenly understand the full scope of their responsibility to others? I will assume that those of you who are putting all the responsibility upon the parents are those of you who either have no children – have children who are very young -or who just go with the flow not recognizing how this is affecting your children. It is the ultimate responsibility of the parents to screen those influences – but the selfishness lies in those of you who do not care how you inadvertently affect our children – they are always watching not just us, the parents, but all of you as well.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  183. Lucy

    Miley is right that she has to live her life and parents should be responsible for their children. However, Miley got paid big bucks for her role as Hannah Montana, a wholesome teenager. Unfortunately, young girls do follow her and Miley and Disney has no problem taking money from the parents of these kids. She is very unattractive. I don't get it. She is too ugly to be this popular. There are other Disney actors that remain wholesome despite their fame such as ICarly's miranda Cosgrove and Waverly's Selena Gomes and what about Sunny with a chance's Demi Lovato. All thos girs are pretty and appropriate for their ages. I guess Miley makes the most money and
    thinks she can be as nasty as she wants because she has got all the money that we foolishly put in her deep pockets. She not only looks like a slut but the words that come out of her mouth...she was accused of racial discrimination against Asians when she squinted in a way to look Chinese and then she apologized. Where's her manager? Where's her parents? I hope she becomes a has been like Hillary Duff or Amanda Bynes... sorry Hillary and Amanda...I do like you both but neither of you have any careers now.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  184. Adam

    On one hand, she's got a point. Parents do need to step up the what's right and wrong game with their own children. That is not Miley's job at all.

    On the other hand, she gave up her right to NOT be a role model the moment she became a star. She is putting herself out there as someone that man millions of kids look up to and will want to emulate. She doesn't get to just be a regular teenager anymore. She made that choice years ago, and now she needs to accept the consequences of that choice, namely the fact that like it or not, she IS a role model. You can make choices about your life Miley, but you do not get to pick and choose the consequences of your choices.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  185. Sheena

    everyone knows its typical normal behavior for a young girl to want to emulate those things she's exposed to, i did not let my daughters watch hannah montana but guess what- Disney made it impossible for them not to be exposed to her at some point, they came home from school talking about wishing their hair looked like hers and that they had her clothes- how is that a parents fault should i not send them to school now too? its hilarious to me to think someone actually believes they can be on tv and movies and radio and NOT be a role model- duh even teens know that!!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  186. Merly

    She is just a teenager, i agree we parents should do our part to teach our kids. What they should see and do. A lot of teenagers been posting explecite photos in the net because parents let them do that.
    Miley Cyrus is a good singer and that is a fact.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  187. Drew

    Ultimately it is the parents responsibility to raise their kids. If everything I did as a child was looked at and judged by the public Miley would look like a saint in comparison.

    Also, why is everyone always so concerned about sex in this world? I used to work at Blockbuster video and parents would always ask me about the content of a movie for their kids and they didn't care that it had dismemberment, vampires, murder, drugs, etc. All they cared was that it had one sex scene (even if it didn't have nudity).

    I would rather my child be exposed to sex references than hard drugs and murder.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  188. BellaItaly

    Funny while growing up she sure didn't mind being a role model. My told my grandkids not to look up to movie stars. I have told them not to look further than their own parents who go out to work hard everyday to put food and clothing on their backs. My especially tell my granddaughter that this young lady dancing on a pole at her age isn't right. Wheter Miley likes it or not she put herself out there to be a role model. Now she has to live with it. But like she said SHE IS NO ROLE MODEL.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  189. Jimmeh

    If being a talentless piece of crap like 90% of today's performers is role model material, I think we're doomed. To prevent this, lend your kids you Beatles records.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  190. QMan

    Hey Jim, of course you helped Miley and her family profit...you watched them on TV. Higher ratings means higher ad revenues. Higher ad revenues means show participants make more money. Doesn't matter that you never bought a concert ticket.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  191. kokoro-hime

    Just let her be! She's a TEENage actor... she has her parents to criticize her and do their "parenting" job. I see a lot of teenagers nowadays behave the same way... or worst.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  192. Sheena

    Whether or not she wants to be a role model now, she is one and was well aware of that when she went into this career as well as her father was being that he's done this before. There was a time in the beginning of this entire Hannah Montana trend that Miley openly critisized other young actresses (ie- jamie spears) for not setting a better example and boasting herself to be out there to promote a more positive image for young girls. You can't have it both ways, but now she is a teenager and prone to mistakes and has changed her mind. Disney should just cut her show and move on to another 13 something to fill her shoes as they always have.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  193. Jordan

    Regardless if you want to be a role model or not... congratulations, you are to millions of kids & teenagers. That's one of the prices you pay for fame, not to mention more money than you'll ever know what to do with.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  194. Anthony

    Last time I checked this is a free country.... well kind of. Anyways, if she wants to become a stripper when she is 18 more power to her.

    "An it harm none do what ye will."

    January 7, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  195. Dana

    Sure, Miley. But my kid does not need to repeat YOUR mistakes. I'd rather she made her own, her personality type. And if someone's father sells his kid's body for "career" and money, it's their problem, my kid does not need that on Disney channel that used to present some good programming for kids of any age. You, Miley, belong in MTV, for spoiled brats, and those who have no greater aspirations in life, just make money.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  196. Michael

    I agree with Miley completely. Indeed, parents should be taking more time to actually supervise, raise, and introduce their children to better role models. If parents don't want to take the responsibility for ensuring their children grow up to be good people, then the parents shouldn't bother having the children.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  197. Bob, Irvine CA

    Perhaps media outlets should select people who are good role-models rather than 17 year-olds who are still growing up. Miley is right, it's not her responsibility to be a good role model. At 17 it's not reasonable for us to expect her to be one. God knows I was not a good role-model when I was 17.

    Of course, media outlets just print what sells, so ultimately they claim that the public is to blame. That's the way society works. We like to pass the buck until it lands on someone who can't pass it anymore. For my part I just avoid all the nonsense in the media by avoiding television and tabloids (although CNN.com often seems to be one and I am reading this article. . .).

    January 7, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  198. Caroline

    CNN has their story crossed. If you go to E! Online, it clearly says that Miley states "My job is to be a role model not a parent".

    January 7, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  199. Brian

    If you don't like what she does, don't watch her
    If you are a parent and don't like what she does, don't allow your child to watch her. If she wants to pose nude for Playboy once she is of legal age she has every right to do so. If you or your child do something wrong you have nobody to blame but yourselves.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  200. Jim

    My 10-year-old daughter is a Miley Cyrus fan – and so am I, after watching the show with her for quite some time now.
    We've never been to a concert, so Miley nor her parents haven't profited from us in any meaningful way.
    I think Billy Ray has always loved his daughter. It seems he's done everything in his power to give her success, along with some decent values, judging from her quote above.
    She's an entertainer, in a family of entertainers. Her style of light entertainment is meant be a brief and humorous fantasy, not a meaningful reflection of real life.
    My 10-year-old knows the difference between what happens on "Hannah" and what happens in reality. She has no difficulty at all shrugging off the feel-good silliness of the show and going back to her homework. Smart kid.
    I'm going to follow her lead, instead of writing any more about this non-issue. Just take it easy in the Cyrus family. They're doing their best.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  201. Billie

    PLAIN AND SIMPLE....Miley Cyrus is a WANNABE!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  202. Anne

    She's a person, she has a right to defend herself and her actions. In my opinion, if a parent doesn't like what someone (famous or not does) and that act influences your child, well, be responsible and explain to your child what THEIR responsibility is. I have two kids, and when they begin acting like the kids on TV and I don't like it...I remind them who they are and how they are to act. It may be fun to watch a 'star'...and my kids may wish to be 'famous', but it's my JOB to keep them grounded and continue reasonable behavior for their age and lifestyle. If you don't like what someone is doing...quit watching...find something else to do with your time.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  203. Becca

    Miley, I am sorry but you are a role modle, I was in a store last night looking for a Birthday Gift for my 4yr old daughter and you are every where, (plates, napken, glasses, dolls, wigs, clothing, ect.) If you did not want to be a role modle, you shouldn't have never taken the money to have your face everywhere.
    I didn't buy any of your stuff any way, she wants to be a princess. Which you are not.

    You are right that parents need to take responsibility for there childern, on that why don't your parents take responsibility for you and your behavor? And explane to you why you are a role modle, and how you became one.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  204. Ed

    If you owe your fame and fortune to kids, you have some responsibility to them as well.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  205. QMan

    Miley, by her own choice and design, is a brand and she profits greatly from that brand. She wants you to buy her stuff based on that brand, but doesn't want to live up to any scrutiny of her public or private actions? If you profit from your image, then it is entirely within the rights of those who have supported your profit to say whatever they want to say about you. You can't always have your cake and eat it too. Whether she likes it or not, Miley can't expect that she won't be called to live up to the expectations of those that have made her what she is in the public's eye and have afforded her the privilege to never have to grind out a meager living just to pay her bills. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Same goes for Tiger.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  206. chitown

    I agree wit her on some of the issues but she chose this life of spotlight and keeping a certain type of image comes with the package. Majority of her fans are seventeen and under. She needs to think about wat type of image she is giving out when she does inappropriate things like that. Being a parent knowing that this is the type of mess that my child listens to and see. I feel as though majority of us have lost our morals and lowered our standards of wat is acceptable.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  207. John Doew

    No truer words were ever spoken, yes you are NOT a role model. You are a lose celeb just like the rest. BTW your voice needs work.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  208. Jimmeh

    A year from now we'll be saying "Miley Who"

    January 7, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  209. Spirited

    Excuse me, Miley, but you put yourself in a position to influence millions of young people. That makes you a role model.

    If you don't like being in that position, quit. Otherwise, you're just using your position of influence over children to make money off them with no regard for their well-being.

    In other words, grow up.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  210. Erica

    She has a GREAT point and if parents raise their kids right they should know what is acceptable and what is not.. She has her own life to live and should not have to think about what she does and doesnt do and how other parents will react.. She has her own parents for that.. I think overall she is a good role model...

    January 7, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  211. Sean

    MAYBE...NOW JUST MAYBE. Parents should raise their kids and not let the TV do it for them. and take responsibility for your piss poor parenting and stop trying to blame others for your failures as a parent.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  212. Terrie Coleman

    Miley Cyrus is a spoiled little rich kid running her mouth for attention.
    While parents SHOULD be taking responsibility for their kids and teaching them right from wrong, parents today spoil their kids and let them have what they want in an effort for "the kids to have a better childhood than I did"
    UGH, that's the problem with teenagers today, they are spoiled and think they know it all when they know absolutely nothing about how life really is and in most cases learn it the hard way.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  213. Dr Spock

    If a Hollywood Star has a higher profile with your child than you do as a parent maybe you arent the parent you think you are.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  214. J Hu

    I agree that you are a teenager and should be able to live that life. The problem is when you decided to be in the limelite and accept money from sponsors and promoters. We the comsumers pay for the products that sponsor you, therefore you are a role model and people will expect that. If you do not want that, accept no money other thatn your pay check for your music. i pay for the products that sponsor you, you answer to the consumers. That is the ugly truth. You have done a far better job than most of your counterparts.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  215. Michele

    Maybe once Disney is through with her, her career will be over. One thing is for sure she CANNOT SING!!!! Her voice is horrible.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  216. Tim

    What is it with celebrity role models? My role models were my parents, grandparents, and family. People need to teach their cildren to free thinkers and find role models that they can have a personal relationship with, not someone on tv.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  217. Row

    Role model??? Why does the media or people in general place that title on people whether they are celebrities, sports heroes blah blah. The only role model for a child should be a parent or closed family member. You need to look at yourself closely if your children are looking to others to model their lives by. Kids grow up and make mistakes the entire time...it is up to the parent to guide that child and show them what is appropriate and what is not. Can they like these people on T.V.? Sure. Can they dress like them? Sure, if you let them! Can they say they want to be a star when they grow up. Sure. I liked Madonna when I was a teenager but I didn't role around on the floor talking about my virginity and how I wanted to give it up to this guy over there. I liked her music that was it. I had a strong mother who was my guide in life and 5 older brothers who always kept me in check. Its about family and making sure you know what your child is about and what they are doing. Be a parent for godsakes!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  218. Melynda

    Miley has a good point. As the mother of a teenage girl and a preteen girl, I may not agree with everything she does but I also can use her errors in judgment as a means for teaching my girls what not to do. If, as a parent, you do not like how she behaves then either use it as a teaching tool or don't allow your children to watch her. You as a parent should monitor your children and what they do. Don't expect the stars to do it for you.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  219. Tony

    It's sad that we let the entertainment business take one of the most important parts of being a parent away from us. Parents should role model what type a person they would like their kids to become, not kids on the television or radio or people who are blessed with athletic abilities.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  220. Connie

    Wow...some of you all are mean. Look at the way you all are treating a 17 yr old. Miley has a responsibilty to herself and only herself. My kids watch Miley and love her singing. I don't think she has done anything that constitutes people calling her names. I taught my kids right from wrong. They also realize that people will make mistakes in their lives and they will have to live with them. Miley is the only one that will have to live with her mistakes, everyone makes them. My kids know that Miley is an entertainer and what she does on television or on stage is all written or choreographed for her. They also know the difference between reality and television and that the people who expolit her only want to make money off of her.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  221. Al

    MIley Cyrus is a real person. She is just 17. She should be free to find her way and her own sexuality, worldview, ethics, morals, etc. She should also be able to make the same mistakes that all young adults make without the whole world coming down on her.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  222. Wayne

    Miley Cyrus might not want to be role model, but the simple fact that she's a famous star makes her a role model. Its no different from any other professional sports figure, movie star, or singer. We implicitly pay these people lots and lots of money to act, sing, or play, and like it or not kids will emulate their heroes, good or bad behavior regardless of parenting. If Miley Cyrus doesn't want to take responsibility for that simple fact, she should remove herself from this very lucrative limelight and stop complaining that people are talking about what she does. If not, its up to us as consumers to remove her from our lives, and maybe people will stop paying her.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  223. Tom

    It's so easy to judge celebrities because whatever they do is plastered on the TV, magazines, internet, etc. but it's a parents responsibility to raise their children, not the internet. Anybody who criticizes a 17 year old celebrity for acting like a kid and blaming them if their kids act the same way is simply not doing their job as parents. So Miley posted racy pictures and did a pole dance. Big deal! If your kids do the same thing, it's up to you to deal with it. To blame celebrities for what YOUR kids do is a cop-out. I see movies where actors shoot people and cut heads off, etc. Is it safe to say that if one of your kids kills someone, you can blame TV or movies? Try being responsible!!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  224. WoW

    Miley was a role model to me..i am proud to admit i actually liked her music, her hair styles, her clothes, i wanted to be like her n yea im almost eighteen.. go ahead and laugh..i thought she was a pretty cool chick and i always watched her shows...

    but when i herd about her pics i was like WOW....not the person i thought she was...im sorry but kids do look up to her and theyll think ok so miley posted a naked pic of herself that must be cool...so i should do it

    all you people that are blaming the parents need to calm down i mean you had to of had a role model that you wanted to be just like when you were growing up....and miley is most tweens/kids role models and she does need to watch what she says and does...the kids are watching her every move!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  225. bobby

    miley wants to be a "normal" teen? She's obviously too young to understand that she cannot be normal, as she is a super star. One trades certain "norms" when one becomes famous and puts their own face out there day after day. Miley wants fame, and now she has it. Certain trappings come with that. One of those is that you no longer will have a normal life. Maybe her parents should have thought this through before they let her do so much work in the limelight...

    January 7, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  226. Venom

    WOW. Everyone knows that Miley Cyrus is no good as a role model, but because SHE said so, all of a sudden people start making a big deal out of it. Dear god is this what the world has come to????

    January 7, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  227. Nathan

    I think the biggest problem is that people STILL expect celebrities to be representative of the fantasy world that most average people will never live. They're just freakin people. Good lord, it is NOT the responsibility for parents to rely on pop tarts to be their kids role models. They are strictly for entertainment. They can't expect this 17 yr old to have it figured out just because she's a celebrity. She'll eventually have an emotional breakdown or crisis like we all do when going through life...it's just the way it is.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  228. Dawn

    I'm just sick of her period and her Dad, they both need to go away

    January 7, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  229. FatSean

    She isn't. She's a tool of the Disney corporation which sell sex to pre-teens.

    This just in: Media companies are in it to turn a profit. They don't care what their product does as long as it sells. Be a parent.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  230. Mary

    @Matt, I agree with you 100%

    On a seperate note. I never thought of Miley as a role model. It's not even all about her actions, it's the crap that comes out of her mouth. To me she seems like a very selfish person. I agree with most of the posts on here. She sure wasn't complaining when she was taking all the money to the bank. Every time she opens her mouth she makes me dislike her even more and I actually really loved her music and my daughter and I did listen to it a lot but not anymore. She is selfish and needs a wake up call.

    Yes, parents need to take responsibility for their own child that is without a doubt but she also needs to take responsibility for herself too. She is 17 years old and the things she does is not appropiate for a 17 year old. HER parents should ALSO take responsibility for THEIR own child and control Miley(I love how she attacks other parents but she seems to have left her own parents out of it) but in either case my daughter and I will no longer listen to her music.

    Thanks

    January 7, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  231. slg

    I am a parent with 2 teenage girls and let me tell you...it is hard. I believe it is up to the parents to decide what a child should watch or not and not leave it up to Miley. I applaud Miley for coming out and say what she said. Shows she is a bit more mature then some of the teenagers I know. Teenagers will make mistakes as it seems most of us did at one time or another. But, what you learn from the mistakes is what really matters.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  232. Gary

    Miley is right.
    She does'nt owe anything to anybody except herself. If you don't like what you see don't look. If you don't like her style don't buy her product.
    Her responsibility is, just like all of us, her own business.
    It is time nosy, rude people mind their own business and stay out of other people's business.
    Too damn many PC police out there.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  233. Lee

    my daughter is a big Miley fan. She is 7. I am impressed with the honesty and self awareness shown in these comments by Ms. Cyrus. I even think her music is some of the better pop out there. There are real challenges to parenting in today's world, but Hannah Montana is not one of them.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  234. Kevin

    My problem with all of her recent negative publicity concerns the photoshoot. She is right, no one sees the shoot with anything but a negative attitude. As a professional photographer I see many girls her age (and younger!) want provocative photo shoots done and their parents 100% behind it.. The body is the master artwork of millions of years of creation. Clothing and "How much to bare" as well as a host of other taboos have been instilled by none other than the largest organized business in the world, the christian religion.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  235. parentof2

    My 9yo watches H.M. on a somewhat regular basis. We usually either sit with her through the whole show (oy!) or at least discuss it with her afterwards. It is such a trivial show with such transparent plotlines and it serves as a 1/2 hour of relaxation after working hard at school. We have discussed the picture and pole dance with her. And explained to her that while it is fine to like the show, the products, etc. it is not ok to copy the 'outside of the show' behavior or think it was a wise choice. So far, it seems our daughter gets it. She called the photo "odd" and asked "why would she do that?" We said we didn't know, thought it wasn't a good idea either, was glad she agreed, etc. We don't see anything wrong with her songs, her tv show, her products... We do have problems with her 'real world' behaviors and we point that out to our daughter. To me, that is parenting. If you disagree, that is your choice, of course. But we're proud that our daughter doesn't look to tv for role models and who to admire.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  236. Mallah

    As a parent, I completely agree with Miley, the world will bombard our kids with all kinds of influences but it is our job as parents to help our kids understand the differences between what is healthy or not. Miley should be allowed to be a teenager, after all, it only comes once in a lifetime. The parents of America need to accept accountability for raising their kids. I did and I am proud of mine, it wasn't easy, especially being a single mom, but it is our responsibility to do the best, after all, just by being parents we made that unwritten committment. Let Miley live her life.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  237. Christina

    GO Milely!!! I have 3 step sisters and oh my gawd, just their bathing suits alone scare me! These girls are over sexed, under dressed and post some “strange” stuff on the internet….Let her be a talented singer and respect that side, but let her be a teenager!!! I’m 40 now, and God knows the stuff I did as a teen drove my parents crazy, so back off and let her be!!! Sure, it would be nice if we had pure innocent role models, but that isn’t what makes America or Hollywood tick….We like people like Kate G, gag….sorry, now I’m rambling!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  238. Warren

    It doesn't matter if everyone else is doing it. Everyone else is not on TV or on stage. She is a role model whether she likes it or not. She doesn't want that responsiblity? Then get a different job. As long as she is a pop star showing herself off on film and radio, teens will look up to her.

    Put it on the parents if it helps you sleep better at night – g-d knows they definately play a part in it, but don't play the innocent bystandard.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  239. rainierclimber

    Well....Miley as the old saying goes " if you want to race with the big dogs you have to be able to piss with the puppies ". Translation...theres a price to seloing your sole to be rich and famous. Quit whining.

    You don't want to be embarrassed by your behavior becoming public ? Simple solution. Don't engage in the behavior.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  240. rnewsome

    Miley is right. She is only 17. I blame her parents for the bad decisions because they should know better. They shouldn't let a teenager act like an adult (ex. stripper pole and provactive photography) and expose her to such criticism. We can't blame her because every child wants to act like an adult, but it's the parents' responsiblity to give them boundaries.

    However, people need to get a grip. A performer is not a role model. And parents need to teach their children that fact. They are entertainers to "entertain us". The videos, movies and all that are fake.

    Parents need to parent, and stop asking Hollywood to help raise their darn kids.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  241. johnq

    Wow, that took a lot of guts to stand up to the "idiocracy" (great movie by the way) in this country.

    I didn't really care that she existed until this point.

    Bravo, bravo!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  242. CherylT

    It's only natural for Miley to want some privacy to grow up. All high profile entertainers would like more privacy. Miley is too young to understand that the publicity she needs to sell her music and to advance her acting career is the same publicity that spurns the attention she hates. As she gets older and begins to understand this relationship. she'll either choose to deal with it or drop out and go low profile. More experienced entertainers have figured this out. So will she.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  243. Jen

    Regardless of my opinion of Miley Cyrus, my children were huge fans. I know we have contributed a good amount to her millions of dollars. I have three daughters 8, 10 and 12. They have made a personal choice to no longer watch her. They disagree with her image she has recently displayed and her character, though typical for a girl her age, has turned them to other disney stars. I know I have raised them with good heads on their shoulders when after seeing her behavior they decided they are no longer hardcore fans of Hannah. That being said, yes, she is a teenager, she will say and do a lot of stupid things. But for someone in the spotlight, who reeled in all of these fans with a much cleaner and respectful image, she does have a responsibility to behave in a much better manner. She owes all of her success to these fans and should be thankful not indifferent.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  244. Kevin

    Yes, she is plastered all over TV. Maybe you should have your kids watching less TV, monitoring what magazines they read, etc. If parent's would stop letting the media babysit their children so much, perhaps their children would grow to be more individual.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  245. Athena

    I think Miley Cyrus should pull out of Disney and start doing other things. as for kids emulating her, parents should teach there children to be themselves.. be their own role models. maybe the parent should be the role model. You can not blame a celebrity for causing your child to get pregnant or dressing a certain way. Americans love to blame other people for their mistakes. Teach your children to be themselves and not follow others. Be their own leaders.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  246. Chris

    Mabye the kids look to her for a role model because they refuse to do so for their parents. BAck in the day, i wanted to be just like my dad, and for the most part, i still do. Thats because hes a good person with good morals, and hes not afraid to tell me the mistakes hes made and the mistakes im making. Im not here to tell you how to parent your own kids, im 17. Look at it from your childs point of view. Mabye that will change your perspective.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  247. theresa

    Just as Miley is telling parents to be responsible for their own children, Miley's parents need to be responsible for her. Not everyone thinks that posing semi-nude at such a young age is a positive and acceptable activity under any circumstances. My daughter is 8 years old and idolized Miley. I am trying to discourage her from watching her shows or listening to her music. Other parents should do the same thing until Miley can figure out the difference between right and wrong. Just b/c you have wealth does not mean you can run amuck and do whatever...

    January 7, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  248. TRA

    History has shown that when you make children financial commodities such as Miley, Britney Michael Jackson, Gary Coleman, etc. they grow up with a warped sense of self and certainly lose many of the benefits of being raised as a normal child. Their parents are blinded by the huge sums of money that can be gained from these kids. As these kids grow to adulthood and lose their celebrity status they find life difficult to adjust to. There aren't many success stories on how these children fared as adults once their star faded. Time will tell if Miley will avoid a similar fate.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  249. fojie

    She sold her soul to the devil.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  250. Ben K

    People need to learn about privacy. Anyone who thinks anyone, as a celebrity, must be a role model or must act a certain way is a lunatic. Let them live their own lives and worry about yourself.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  251. Marissa

    Miley is in the spotlight. Therefore, she is a role model whether or not she wants to be. She is not perfect, nobody is. But what she says and does is going to be posted all over the media and she may have moments where she is a good role model and others when she is a not-so-good role model.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  252. Jules

    Interesting dichotomy with Miss Cyrus. She doesn't want to be labeled as a role model, and yet she openly puts herself into the position where, in our celeb-obsessed society, she would be just that. She worked for the fame, and now she only wants to deal with the aspects of it she chooses.

    Hard life lesson for the kid to learn. Listen up, Miley–no one gets to choose a perfect life. Not even you, with all your millions, can buy it. Suck it up and grow up.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  253. Heather

    I so agree with Miley....too much attention is spent on what celebrities do...we need to worry about what our children are doing....Let the celeb's make ther mistakes and be thankful it isn't your child's life being put out there for the world to see and judge! I think you are great Miley! Keep it up!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  254. BeanerECMO

    Whether there is a declaration or not, anyone who is in the public spotlight is a role model – good or bad.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  255. Howard

    Since when did we expect entertainers to be role models? Seriously? They are some of the most self-absorbed, egotistical people you could ever meet. They marry and divorce at the drop of a hat. And those are the adults. Miley Cyrus is a teenager. How can you reasonably expect ANY 17 year old to act like she knows the right thing to do. Being stupid is one of the privileges of being a teenager, even for the ones outside the entertainment business.

    Granted, it's tough for parents to have to teach their kids that they can enjoy someone like Miley as long as they realize SHE IS NOT A NORMAL PERSON. But that's what being a parent is all about, telling your kids (over and over) the things they haven't yet lived long enough to discover for themselves.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  256. Pimp Your Kids

    What no one seems to mention is that there is a systemic problem in our society with the objectification and sexualization of our young girls these days. Thong underwear is marketed at 6 year olds. Miley Cyrus pole dancing sends a message that it is ok for a girl to grow up and become a stripper. In fact, it is to be expected. Even if you are a successful tv, film and recording artist, all you really are is a piece of meat for the men to ogle. 10 year old girls call other 10 year old girls they don't like sluts and whores even though they are all still virgins. Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan go around in short skirts wearing no underwear for the world to see their private parts. The sexual revolution and feminism has really worked. Woman, you've come a long way baby. Now get up on that pole and strip for me.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  257. Dan S.

    So many haters all the time, always looking to blame someone else for their own problems. She is 17. What 17 yr old hasn't done something they shouldn't? Who is perfect? You? Not likely. I have seen plenty of 13 yr old's wearing short skirts, small shirts and enough make up to shame Tammy Faye Baker. For 17, Miley is not abnormal or unusual in comparison to other girls her age. Btw, the "pole dance" was on TEEN awards, not a disney 4 kids show.

    Parent's who blame tv, music, peer pressure and "role models" for their child's bad behavior simply can not accept their own faults in raising their child. It is you who allow unsupervised access to the internet. It is you who allow the disrespect to others. It is you who allow your child to dress like she is 21, not 13. It is you who try to be your child's friend instead of their parent.

    Whatever your child does, it is their choice and their responsibility and their actions. Miley didn't tell your children to post indecent pictures, Miley didn't tell your children to date older guys. Miley didn't even say to be like her and do as she does.

    Besides, if you as parents haven't learned yet that disney stars tend to "go bad" around 18 years old, you haven't been paying attention. How many former Disney stars or child performers in general stay as "goodie goodie" as their characters? None.

    I have a daughter who will be 18 in 3 months and graduate in June. Any issues with her are based on her actions, not what a friend of her's did, or what she saw on tv. Parents and the child are responsible, not some imaginary character on TV.

    Stop blaming others and take responsibility for you and your child's actions. No one else is to blame.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  258. REALLY?

    I think she has the right to live her life the way she wants and I agree that parents need to do their job as well. That job being, not let their kids watch her or any other celebrities that behave that way. I like Miley. She has a powerhouse voice and she's beautiful. But at 17 yrs. old, SHE does not need to act like that, regardless of who's watching. No way would I let my 17 yr old take trips, ALONE, to another COUNTRY, with her older boyfriend.(Mistake #1) Nor, would I allow my child to get on National TV and do I pole dance or post half-naked pictures on the internet. Not because it's not setting a good example, because I don't want to see it for myself and I don't want some "chester" out there watching her do it neither.(Mistake #2) So, I agree with her 100%, the parents(HER PARENTS) need to do their jobs! As for the magazine photos, I thought they were beautiful, and not provocative. She wasn't "acting" in any explicitive way and THAT makes the difference!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  259. MIke

    I can't stand these celebs, yeah they love to make millions of dollars, but hate the people that support them. Though I will agree with miley that parents need to raise their own kids, and that morals of this country have fallen to a new time low.

    If you don't want kids to look up to you why don't you shut you mouth and get off stage.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  260. Gary

    She's also apparently shacked up with said boyfriend under her parents' roof, with their blessings. He's 20–if they're having sex, wouldn't that be considered statutory rape?

    January 7, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  261. AV

    The fact of the matter is that whether she wants the job or not, she is a role model, just not a positive role model. Look at Taylor Swift. She understands that because of her public status, people look up to her (insert tall joke here), and acts accordingly. She is a positive role model and accepts that responsiblity.

    Miley Cyrus has to come to the realization that she is not going to shake that responsiblity unless she steps out of the limelight for good. She is immature and irresponsible when it comes to being a teen. Most are, but because of her status, her actions are amplified a thousand fold and people will hone in on that.

    She is right with regards to parenting and she has the right to her privacy, but she refuses to remain private and thus she will always be a role model be it positive or negative.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  262. LJ

    Get out of the spotlight? Why?....If you child was getting 1 tenth the attention she was I think you would be proud and not telling her she shouldn't. Only a very small percent of the people out there get a chance at fame and fourtune that their talents achive. Yet even thru the fame and fourtune, there is still pain and suffering in the attention they get. We don't worry about the presure that the entertainer goes thru just to entertain us. We don't back off or stop wanting the entertainment because of the harm it may cause them... Parents monitor your children. Give them good foundations to build their lives and don't forget to add in a dose of fun and excitement. Be there for them and guide them. Don't know how? How many of us do, no mannuals, no guides, or customer service to call, and No Guarantees. The people we see in the limelite we have always tried emulate, and it has led to some great people out there dreaming to be the same, and some even making it. But a parents guidence is important, mistakes will be made and learnings from them will build. Don't blame others for not guiding our children, not the teachers, not the babysitters, not the neighbors. When the parents drop the ball in doing so themselves, don't look to others for the blame.... Miley, enjoy your life and good fourtune, and give thanks to your parents for the guidence given, and the attention and love that provide. Be the child you are and take it with you thru your adulthood. What a gift.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  263. maggie

    Wow, she's not a role model. No kidding. Another Pop Tart "breaks her silence." Oh, and "Let It Be"–I do NOT buy products that celebrities endorse. I'm not impressed by something just because some celebrity was paid to say it's great. Talent? Meh...she got a big break because of her dad. The airwaves are full of people who are forgettable, try Googling something like "pop music 1980's" (pick any decade you want) and see how many names come up that you don't remember. Oh, and I don't have to "outdo her," I already know I can't sing and that has never been my ambition anyway.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  264. Erica

    Why is her talent (or lack thereof) on trial here? It's completely irrelevant. And sort of....petty and mean. The issue at hand is: Do teen celebs have a responsibility to behave a certain way to ensure they are appropriate role models.

    Why are parents dismissing their own impact on their kid's values so easily? You are the people your children are looking to for guidance.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  265. tess

    I agree with Miley, being famous does NOT come with a "certain amount of responsibility" we would like it to, but it doesn't. The fact is that WE consume what WE want. If you don't like the product (or the lack of additional"role modle" built into the product) DON'T buy it.

    people say that a famous person should do this, or shouldn't do that... but WE STILL CONSUME ALL THE S#!+ THEY PUT OUT.

    if you don't want someone influencing your kid, Its YOUR job to keep them away from those influences and to TEACH them to make the right choices.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  266. jason

    miley is who is seen so miley receives the brunt of criticisms, however her well articulated defence is broadly valid. miley is a child and lack the mature capacity to MODEL exemplary behaviour for other children to emulate. So who is responsible? For starter's Miley's parents need to do some parenting and govern the conduct of their little girl...they should not be putting her in the line of fire of public criticism (look how bill & hillary clinton did and excellent job at shielding their daughter while being one of the most visible couple on the planet...look at how Michell & Barack Obama are doing it with their girls...Miley's parents should be doing the same...they should NOT be offering their underage girl up for nude photos on magazine covers, they should not propel her so UNCONTROLLABLY into the spotlight, they should apply parental controls to her internet activities ensuring she is not posting nude pictures of herself, etc online...the fact that she is posting nude pictures of herself online is an INDICTMENT of her parents' sub-standard parenting skills...does not anyone see the connection between her parents DESENSITITIZING her to displays of public nudity by putting her nude on a magazine cover and her subsequent nude photo placements on facebook (the parents are the ones that did this to the vulnerable girl during her crucial adolescent formative years).

    where is the outrage against her irresponsible father and mother? are they fit to be parents? should the child be taken away from them until she reaches age of majority? these are the questions to ask....

    Miley is right...she is no role model. in fact she needs role models: she need competent parents as role models, which she does not have, and we would help her by calling her irresponsible mother and father to task instead of attacking her. we would help her and our children by boycotting whatever the parents, Disney and other profit-hungry child peddler TV networks broadcast to us and our children that contains her. Do Miley a favour, boycott everything she comes in and wait until she matures and then vigorously support her endeavors at that time. A child should be going to school, hanging with friends, studying, playing, etc...NOT being a FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE. Do you all not see how this contributed to a tragic lives for many child-stars eg. michael jackson, emanuel louis, lindsay lohan, dana plato (from Good Times), Todd Bridges (Good Times), Elizabeth Taylor (8-divorces), Tantum Oneal, etc). Folks the problem is not the kids (childstars), it is their lack of PARENTS combined with an unprincipled profit-hungry entertainment industry.

    Leave Miley alone and try to help her. Cultivate values in your own children so they will not even be interested in the garbage the child peddling unprincipled profit-hungry TV capitalist feedup on a 24hour basis. We are the arbiters of ours and our children's future. We are not helpless in the attack against our children via poorly filtered/unfiltered TV broadcast by capitalist whose profit interest it serves and which has the perhaps untentional effect of UNDERMINING the general populations ability to parent....we can pressure our politicians to enact laws that will control the capitalist (hence making our parent duties less difficult to implement...). We can vote out politicians that do not support the enactment of such laws. We can boycott entire TV networks until such time that the adopt more responsible broadcasting rules for themselves. We can call out the parents of childstars. We can seek to declare the children of childstars as unfit parents and get their children into protective custody so they snap into reality. There is a lot we can do, and none of it involves attacking the childstars who need the protection. Because protecting these childstars is simply part of protecting children in general...they do not cease to be part of the population of children because be are looking at them on TV.

    No go out and do something!

    January 7, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  267. Karl

    News Flash for Miley: Get your head out of the sand girl, whether you like it or not tween and teenage girls do look up to teenage celebrities as role models. That's just the way it is. BTW – I do parent my 14 year old daughter and she's been educated that there are certain things that aren't appropriate.

    January 7, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  268. Sarah

    Dear 'Let It Be',
    Elvis was not broadcast to tiny little girls age 3 and up. The problem here is that her whole life seems to have been about building her fame amongst a very young audience, and now she is disclaiming any responsibility towards those that made her popular and whose money and attentions made her dreams come true.

    Can she sing? yes, Can she act? yes. These things are not in question (but most Americans have never understood the difference between what they like versus what actually has merit) Can she behave to the standards we hold for our kids? Doubtful. Will her influence create problems for her many fans who do not have good parents? Certainly!

    But while America treats Hollywood like some kind of royalty, and allows those lax standards to be adopted into their own kid's lives you can ONLY expect problems amongst our kids and generations who will in years to come take America's reigns.

    It isn't looking good.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  269. Chris in PA

    P.S. I forgot – Then the Playboy cover page offer which she 'reluctantly' accepts and claims the photos are beautiful. I thought Disney marketed certain celebrities because of their good behavior. It's time Disney drops her and lets her move all the way 'up' to Hustler.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  270. tkdmom

    And Miley should remember all the parents she slapped in the face with her comments. She should remember all the parents who bought all of her lousy crappy products and had her mediocre looks on everything....and stood in huge lines and bought tickets to her mediocre concerts. She might sing a different tune when the profits fall and Disney drops her for another cute face and mediocre talent. They come a dime a dozen.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  271. iDeclare

    Sorry Miley, but when you start your career on Disney and have a following of primarily young to teenage girls, you are a role model whether you want to be or not.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  272. Ken SMAN

    She's a spoiled brat and should take more responsibility for her behavior since so many kids look up to her...why, I have no idea (totally average artist at best). She's a damn empire and brings in millions and millions of bucks from kids that worship her so she damn well better behave like a role model or get the heck out of the business.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  273. Mike

    I have never felt more fortunate to be the father of two boys.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  274. Tony

    No worries Miley. Tigger is no role model either and he makes 30 times what you do and he's supposed to be an adult. You go girl!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  275. tkdmom

    Hmmm....I think we are looking at the next Brittany Spears. I remember a few years back about how Britney wanted to be a wholesome role model for young girls and how she was going to remain a virgin until she was married. Rrrrrrrrriiiiiigggghhtttt. Didn't wear hear the same song and dance from Miley Cyrus about how she was going to be a wholesome role model for our young girls. Then the sexting and provacative photos came out?? Was anyone else creeped out by the photos photos she had taken with her father? I thought they looked more like a romantic couple than father and daughter. Of course her family isn't going to see anything wrong with it. She is the bread and butter for the whole family and all they see is the money. Her father is now riding the coat tails of his famous daughter and it's pathetic. She can't sing and she isn't a knock out beauty, either.

    Yep, it is my job to be the parent. I am involved in what the watch and what they read, where they go and what they do. And one of my most favorite job that I have as a parent is boycotting this girl from house. Miley, I am watching and waiting for you to prove what I have been saying all along.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  276. Tony

    Seems like folks think that when a person signs a contract for professional entertainment services, it implies a contract with America. I don't think so Newt.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  277. Sarah

    I'm not going to listen to any 17 year old lecture me on parenting. Who in the heck does she think she is? Take a realistic picture of this kid's self image – her pole dancing was a great performance? I'm sure her parents did think it was, but aren't they her greatest cheerleaders (and the bane of my life?)

    She is banned in my home and my kid hears very little of her, because I have done my job as a parent and gotten rid of her influence. There is nothing about her that I want my girl to emulate.

    She has made her name and her money being a children's star, and she still has huge numbers of little girls who want to be just like her. It's pretty simple – she is responsible for her own actions as all of us are, it's just that her actions are transmitted daily to her little world of fans and therefore her responsibility is a little wider than most teens.
    Fame costs. Life isn't a free ride for anyone, and she already took the money.

    Lets ask why our teens behave how they do and what kind of a world will it be when these kids grow up and have a starring role in shaping the world. Ooh I dread to think ... if they are led by the nose and Miley Cyrus!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  278. gina

    @Stop the Madness

    did you really just compare her blanket shot to Michaelangelo and the Renassiance? wow.

    im starting to think that alot of you on here are teenaged fans and thats why you're not seeing the point. yes, parents do raise their kids. but in this day and age, whether we like it or not, TV and pop stars have a large influence. If miley wouldve said from the beginning that she is not in it to be a role model she wouldnt be half as successful. part of her job as a disney star is to inspire little girls. and shes sucking at it.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  279. Laurie

    I don't think one asks to be a role model. A role model is someone others look up to and admire. If one is lucky enough to be in that position, I believe he/she should take it seriously and remember how her actions might impress others, especially those younger. I learned this when I was a senior in high school. On graduation night, I took my first drink as I was leaving the dance from a bottle kids were passing around in the parking lot. A lovely 10th grade girl saw me and remarked to me about it and that I was her role model. I had no idea she or anyone else looked up to me. I was so sorry for the example I had set for that younger girl and I learned the lesson that others are watching how you act, even if you're not a celebrity. Miley Cyrus is lucky enough to know the impact she has on others. Whether she likes it or not, she influences kids. Now how is she going to use that knowledge?

    January 7, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  280. CCK

    She may not want to be a role model, and she SHOULDNT be a role model, but kids are going to look up to her one way or another. Either clean up your act, or dont be in show business if you dont want kids modeling themselves after you.

    In the end its up to the parents, and as parents WE should be role models for our children on how to behave appropriately. However, too many parents are lacking in that area as well.

    We personally dont waste our time or money on anything Cyrus. She's not talented, her acting is atrocious, her singing is too, and I frankly dont understand the big deal. Luckily I curb what my children watch so they barely know who she is.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  281. Chris in PA

    I can see it now...First, the posting of explicit pictures on her web page. Then the pole dancing in front of a camera (what you do in private is no one else's business). After that, nude pictures that she has to deny exist a/k/a Tiger Woods (even though people have copies of them). Then a sex tape that gets out all over the Internet a/k/a Paris Hilton. Then she is publicly 'humiliated' by it Paris Hilton. Then she ends of up jail a/k/a Paris Hilton and others. Come on...SMART women know better than to do those things, and parents (including Miley's) have the responsibility to educate their children about it.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  282. Melanie H

    If you do not want to be a role model for young kids then stop trying to make money off them. Kids clothing line and kids tv show.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  283. gina

    If Miley doesnt want to be a role model maybe she should step out of the spot light, or atleast cancel her show on Disney Channel! Thats hipocracy. Its like Jay Leno coming out and saying he doesnt want to be a comedian. The half nakey pictures I do not agree with but thats her business. However, as far as her pole dancing on stage at the Teens Choice awards is just out of line.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  284. Sue J

    I agree with Miley about parent responsibility. So my only questions is..
    Where the heck are her parents... allowing her to pole dance and display herslef all over the web. Shame on them. She is only 17.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  285. Ryan

    I also think that it is funny that most of society is raising youth today to be an individual and not let people tell them how to act or what to be. Yet you expect it, no you demand it of others.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  286. TV/Movie Fan

    Parents, religious leaders, teachers in schools, law enforcement people, and politicians should be role models, not entertainers.

    Miley Cyrus only has to act, dance and sing. That is what she is being paid for, that is all anyone has the right to expect from her. As long as she obeys the law and does what is legal, and does not indulge in self-destructive activity that threatens her life, then her private off-camera actions are noone's business but her own.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  287. Mark Duncan

    We live in Tennessee near Miley and I have a ten year old daughter who likes her. Miley is actually a good kid but she's just a kid so I don't expect to hear something profound every time her words are published. We watch Hannah Montanna together and it's a cute show. My daughter has been raised to know that most celebrities are morally and socially inferior attention junkies. They put on a great show like a trained circus animal and we enjoy it but they are nothing to pattern your life after. That's probably not completely fair but it really cuts down on the idol worship.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  288. Alison

    This would be true if you were a normal teen Miley. But you get paid MILLIONS! And it comes with a price. You wanna act like a skank *ahem* I mean "normal" teenager, then why dont you stop doing a children's show?

    January 7, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  289. david

    Parent's Get off your lazy or selfabsorbed butts. Take a interest in your kids and teach them right and wrong. If you do that the right way it wont matter what your celebrities do.

    I gre up a Fan of teh Dallas cowboys and was very impressionable as a child. i wore Michael irvin gear and wanted to be a 90's cowboy.

    But you know I didnt go sniff cocain off a prostitutes butt in a dirty motel room why? Cause my parents inteilled morals at an early age and I knew it was wrong. This thinking that TV celebs will raise your kids is the same reason why we have overprotective goverment agentcies like CPS because parents have slacked on their jobs in recent generations and they have to.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  290. let it be

    Wow, as I am reading these comments, I am in a bit of shock. Why do people find it so easy to criticize someone famous. We all have had celebrities we have raved about and role model or not, we continue to purchase items they endorse, watch movies they make and listen to music they sing. If you are criticizing Miley about being a role model, look at all the bad things that Elvis did and the followers he had. He is gone and in an unfortunate way, but did that stop people from liking his music? No he was the "King of Rock and Roll" and there are still fans. Let Miley be what she is and quit with the rediculous insults that she can't act or sing or has no talent. She has made herself big because of her talent. And until you can outdo her, you shouldn't say a word!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  291. Ryan

    Let's first start with this, if you believe she is such a bod role model and you don't want your kids to emulate her, then don't watch her, don't spend your money on her and make her rich. Until them you are only making the problem worse. Yes for her being famous she will be looked up to. She is a teenager who is going to make mistakes and that is part of life, she acknowledges it and is aware that people will only look to bring her down. It is better then covering her mistakes up and treating her like some sort of demi-god who can get away with what ever she likes. To bad many of the negative comments on here are from people that are letting T.V. raise their kids. I personally don't like many of her comments, or her some what racy photo shoots(wether they are art or not she was a minor when they were taken and art is not above the law) so I have done my parenting part and when my kids have asked about her desicions, I have explained them to my children and tried to use them as learning experiences to teach sound desicion making. If any of you parents have forgot – YOU ARE RESPONSBILE FOR YOUR CHILD AND THEIR ACTIONS UNTIL THEY ARE A LEGAL ADULT. THE ACTIONS THAT THEY TAKE ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR PARENTING SKILLS OR LACK THERE OF!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  292. Cortney

    Makes sense to me. Now that she's made millions of dollars (most of which the parents she is blasting contributed) now she's not a role model anymore. Hey I'm with u Miley. And what a wonderful example Billy Ray is for parents. He's just a Matthew Knowles all over again. 'Hey huney! We're gonna stick u in a mini skirt and high heels and use ur mediocre voice and good looks and make u a star!!!' U got to be kidding me!! While my girls are only 4 & 5, I don't let them watch that little hooker because I'm trying to protect them! You don't get to accumulate as many fans as she did and have those people waiting out in the cold for all those concerts and once u've made ur final deposit from that sit back and say now I wanna get buck wild! I knew there was something wrong with her daddy when she was dating that boy that was what 30?? If she was average jane on the street Billy Ray would be in Suzy Q's situation with a pregnant 15 year old as well. I feel foor u Suzy, we do our best as parents and I hope I'm successful and wish you the best.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  293. VK

    To all the people saying she is a role model.
    To all the people stating how she should behave better as a role model
    To all the people blaming her for their problem child
    Miley is a celebrity, not your baby sitter.
    Try parenting harder.
    If she wants to behave a way you don't like, watch your children better and make sure they don't copy her.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  294. Cortney

    Makes sense to me. Now that she's made millions of dollars (most of which the parents she is blasting contributed) now she's not a role model anymore. Hey I'm with u Miley. And what a wonderful example Billy Ray is for parents. He's just a Matthew Knowles all over again. 'Hey huney! We're gonna stick u in a mini skirt and high heels and use ur mediocre voice and good looks and make u a star!!!' U got to be kidding me!! While my girls are only 4 and 5, I don't let them watch that little hooker because I'm trying to protect them! You don't get to accumulate as many fans as she did and have those people waiting out in the cold for all those concerts and once u've made ur final deposit from that sit back and say now I wanna get buck wild! I knew there was something wrong with her daddy when she was dating that boy that was what 30?? If she was average jane on the street Billy Ray would be in Suzy Q's situation with a pregnant 15 year old as well. I feel foor u Suzy, we do our best as parents and I hope I'm successful and wish you the best.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  295. Sarah

    Oh, and parenting is a completely different issue from whether or not Miley is a role model. People are responsible to raise their own kids well regardless of whether or not their kids are trying to emulate someone else. If your kid screws up, it's not Miley's fault; it's yours and the kid's. But Miley should keep in mind that her actions WILL have an influence and act accordingly.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  296. Ohio

    I can't speak for anyone else, but Miley Cyrus is and has never been any kind of role model for my 13-year old daughter. She is yet another sitcom kid produced by Disney who is supposed to be able to sing – like Selena Gomez and most of the other Disney sitcom kids. None of them are talented singers and they ride on their fame from their sitcoms. A lot of younger girls idolize Miley because of her CHARACTER. My daughter enjoys her show for laughs, but doesn't consider her on the same scale as Taylor Swift or Kelly Clarkson. She enjoys Wizards of Waverly Place and Malcolm in the Middle, too, but doesn't buy Selena Gomez's music. I don't think there are ANY role models in Hollywood.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  297. Leslie

    She IS a role model ... of what NOT to do. My daughters know that she smokes (just listen to her voice) and is often disrespectful to her Dad on TV. She also comes across as shallow and self-centered. Yes, she's a typical teen. But we use her as an example of someone who isn't all that desirable a personality.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessie(:

      I think that your just hating. It kinda obvious(duhh, u Doof!) If you don't like her, don't talk s***. It's her life, not yours. She doesn't smoke, she's from Tennesse, you big moron. Ohh, and she's gorgeous, like it or not. She can sing, she's funny, and she can act. I'd like to see you act, sing, and look gorgeous. I bet your fuc*ing ugly. Like yourself, and leave her alone because you wouldn't say anything to her face!(:

      October 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Brian

    Go away Miley.......isn't it about time? You obviously can't really sing and now you're taking shots at the people who spend hard earned money to prop up your family, especially your talentless father! Go away!

    January 7, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  299. Tracy

    She can't sing, she has no talent... Hey, whaddaya know, I think she's right.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  300. Sarah

    Whether she likes it or not, Miley is a role model. Being out there in front of millions of young kids and teens automatically makes you a role model; society has put that upon anyone famous. If she doesn't want to be a role model, she should step down. But remember that if she is in the spotlight, people are going to do/say what she does/says, and that makes her a role model. With that in mind, Miley needs to set a good example. Not saying that she can't or won't make mistakes, but that needs to be taken with a grain of salt, and she needs to take it to heart.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  301. laila

    She's selfish. She should realize that she has such power over young people, whether she realizes it or not. Other young stars were in her shoes and they didn't pole dance or try to be sexy at 16 such as Natalie Portman, Jodie Foster, etc. But it is her choice to do questionable things and if that's the case then I anticipate her to go to rehab soon.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  302. MJ

    Holly,

    She chose Disney??? Disney chose her. Disney chose her and stays with her today because she is a cash cow!!!! She is marketable. That is how the world works.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  303. eds

    my wife and I have a twelve year old daughter who watches hana montana with us almost every night.. do we dissapprove of the show, no. if she has any questions about the contant of an episode we will answer her openly. I personaly feel that parents should talk to their kids about celebreties and their off screen lives and know that there is a difference between the two. not even some parents are good role models. we have become a very liberal and open society for better or worsebut the lines of communication must be open so that you can convey you bliefs and ideas to your child so he or she can form their own opinions about who they look up to or not.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  304. zezeze

    Well she is a role model however she is also a teenager and she's right she is going to make mistakes we all make mistakes and it is the responsibility of parents to monitor their children. I think what she said in the article was accurate

    As for Suzy Q….you’re an idiot maybe you should have kept a closer eye on your kid and no blame others for your parenting mistake

    January 7, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  305. MJ

    Why should she “get out of the spotlight for awhile”?? Get your kids out from in front of the T.V. for a while…… The spotlight is her job. She is all over the place because her face makes money. Until that changes, she will be everywhere. Capitalistic country, capitalistic people live here, capitalists make money from her face. That is how it works.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  306. Webby

    In all reality though I respect her for being her own person and doing what she wants. When your in the spotlight so often and at such a young age your influenced to become what the media portrays you to be. She's been able to rise above it and not let others hinder her sucsessful career.

    She is truly a role model for my children and someone even I respect. I have no problems letting my daughter (and even sometimes my son) dress like her and sing her songs. She will always be welcomed into this household.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  307. JC

    @susy q Are you kidding? Your kid went nuts and you blame Miley Cyrus?
    Sounds like you did a little ball dropping of your own. That is the craziest thing i have ever heard.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  308. Sylvanus

    Wow. There certainly are many that are quick to judge others. Many people who reason more simply.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  309. Alan

    Wow at all the jealous females posting on here.

    "She's ugly!" (yeah right) "she's no talent" (jealous much?) "she pole dances like a stripper!" (did you even WATCH the performance or did you "hear" about it? If that was a stripper poledance then I'm a penguin) the list goes on.

    Accept that she is RIGHT people. You and only you are responsible for raising your children. Miley is not, TV is not, Taylor Swift is not. YOU ARE.

    Quit trashing the girl over your insecurities and start trying to act like a parent.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  310. Drew

    If you have to worry about an entertainer influencing your child then you're not doing a decent job parenting.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  311. Roxanne

    Reading through these comments, I see a lot of people who are missing the point, and a lot of poor parents. Your young children can't watch, read, log in to, post, emulate, etc... what you don't allow .

    Stop using the TV and Internet as a babysitter and then blaming the content! You have only your own laziness and lack of discipline to blame.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  312. Stupid Miley

    Miley wanted to be a star and her parents helped her. So if they don't want the negative comments, then her parents should have been more responsible for her actions. Disney put her up as a role model, this is something Miley chose so therefore she is responsible for the children who look up to her as a role model. If she doesn't like the negative comments, then she should just drop out of the stoplight altogether because the negative comments are going to keep coming. She can't sing nor dance, just like her father. I blame her parents for what she has chose to become. She is after all under age but dresses like someone in their late 20's. She should be in school getting an education then if she wants to be a star, go for it. Parents of children who are stars, are too blame for the outcome of that child star.

    Remember Miley is responsible for all her actions and the negative comments she is receiving.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  313. Erica

    I don't get it. Why do parents feel other kids should be responsible for molding and shaping their children? If a celeb your kid likes behaves in a way you don't approve of, use it as a springboard for discussing your own values and expectations of them. In other words, do your job.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  314. Common Sense

    its a parents job to teach children whats right or wrong. I grew up playing doom and listening to music that some would consider to "incite violence" and i haven't shot anyone, stolen any cars, or commit any other acts that would cause people to look down on me.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  315. Erin

    Well put, Melody. I never took issue w/ Miley until I took my 6 yr old to her recent concert. ALL marketing for this tour made it look very PG (no I did not expect to see Hannah Montana) – posters, t-shirts, etc all show Miley in party dresses, long sleeved shirts and the like. Because I don't watch award shows and neither does my daughter I did not know about the pole dancing thing. I trusted what promotion I saw for the tour. Miley stayed in tiny hot pants (boy styled underwear, basically) for the entire show, and danced kind of hoochie for the whole show – stripper squats, grinding w/ other dancers... Considering she must know that the majority of the audience were girls under the age of 10 (I'm guessing 90%), I found that both weird and inappropriate.

    Go ahead and grow up, Miley. Everybody knows that teenage pop stars eventually go the skank route. But at least market yourself that way, so parents know not to take their young daughters to your show (ie, at least Britney Spears shows herself to be that way, I can respect that and know not to take my kid to see her).

    January 7, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  316. Kken

    Miley can't sing can't dance and frankly not very attractive. Why do people obsess over Miley? She is NO role model nor will she EVER be one. She is on her way to become another tragic has been TV personality.

    A CLASS act is Taylor Swift! She is the total package.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  317. clause

    stop looking to a seventeen year old to be your kids role model.If you remember what most of you were like when you were seventeen you might get my point.Parents should take on your own responsibility to raise your own kids,like the times before tv and all other media outets came into play.why not try to be your own kids role model because clearly you are perfect for the job...god bless..

    January 7, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  318. William

    Hey Miley, Having Fame Comes With A CERTAIN AMOUNT Of RESPONSIBILITY. Most People Who Don't Want To Be Role-Models End Up "BUSING TABLES And BEING Ah GREETER At WAL-MART!" In Today's Society,"It's Good To Be THANKFUL THAT ONE HAS Ah JOB, Even If, IT INVOLVES BEING Ah ROLE MODEL! I'd Like To Close With,"we love you, miley!" William J.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  319. redleader

    Sorry to say it, she is completely right, it is not her job to be a role model she is a performer. She her self still just a teen, it is the parents responsibility to teach their kids and explain things to them. Parents in america what to live in a "child proof world" because of their lazy parenting. They don't realize that by making a big deal about something like Cirrus pictures they are actually making her more appealing to their kids.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  320. Jason

    Hey Brenda

    Be a better parent don't blame miley for your daughter getting pregnant... its your fault and her fault because your both stupid. Again be a better parent....

    Blaming Miley for your mistakes hahaha 35 and still acting like a 12 year old.... real mature.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  321. melody

    Ok Miley, you are not a role model. Then stop allowing yourself to be marketing at young children. This is just the typical celebrity crap about wanting to do what they love but renouncing the things that are accompanied with the fame and fortune.
    1. a 17 year old SHOULD NOT be POLE DANCING when targeting young audiences.
    2. a 17 year old SHOULD NOT be dating a 21 year old (or however old he is) WITH or WITHOUT her parents consent
    3. Don't market your crap in the kids sections of whatever store you happen to get the most lucrative deal with. They cannot make up their own minds and therefore see you as someone they aspire to be. Hence, the term ROLE MODEL.

    I actually used to watch Hannah Montana with my kids, they have sence moved on to other things and I thought the Annie Liebowitz pictures were absolutely beautiful! But, to want all that goes with the life you are persuing and say that you are not a role model is just asinine.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  322. Green Jeans

    Seriously?? I mean really people? If you don't want your kids to emulate her, then don't let them watch her. And if you do let them watch her, then PARENT! Explain to them what's morally and socially right and wrong. It's YOUR JOB!
    Don't blame the 17 year old, I'm sure she gets enough from her own parents.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  323. Matt

    So is this Miley saying... "Listen in a year i'm going to be doing a lot of drugs and acting crazy so..." Sex tape here we come...

    January 7, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  324. Carol K.

    Yes, Miley can do whatever she wants, however, don't expect me to continue buying her products or allow my children to watch her show.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  325. Stop the Madness

    Let's set some of this sensationalism straight:

    1) There was no pole dance, if you saw a pole dance, so stop referring to it that way in a serious article

    2) Explicit pics on Myspace? No.

    3) Famous photographer, beautiful shot. It's the age old question of what is art. Are you offended by Michaelangelo's work? The entire Renassiance?

    People are being to prudish. You see fear and danger everywhere. If you're child does something stupid, it is because you have a stupid child. Not because they saw something on tv, the internet, or movies. They made the decision to be stupid, let your own child face the consequences.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  326. Lohocla

    I’m amazed at some of these comments. Really not sure what to make of them other than "these sound like some of the most illiterate, intolerant, and ignorant people I've ever read comments from".
    Far too many parents slough a large part of raising their kids to the idiot box, and she's absolutely right in just about all she's said. Too many "Child Stars" grow up on TV and turn into some truly screwed up individuals because they lost their childhood and have no foundation for their life.

    It sounds to me like she's pretty grounded in reality and I suspect that many of the comments are reactions to bad to mediocre parenting. Only other reason I can see why people would have issues with it, that and being petty and mean about the gall of a child star telling people to raise their own kids.

    James, for a gay man, you're pretty intolerant of someone else’s life, one wonders if you didn’t just throw that “I’m gay” in there in an offhand way to lend credibility to your position.
    Go figure.

    Loh

    January 7, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  327. Webby

    Miley is so hot. She's influenced me alot. I tried making my old girlfriend dress like her and she got pissed and broke up with me.

    I think I might sue?

    January 7, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  328. Tammy

    JASON – That's easier said than done. Are you a parent? So when my daughter asked for several Hannah things for Christmas, was I supposed to tell her no and disappoint her? It's simply not that easy.
    Miley chooses to be in the public eye and her Disney show has made her famous and very wealthy as a wholesome, regular girl, so as far as I'm concerned her parents and Disney have an obligation to keep her image in check, at least for the duration of the show or until she stops performing under the name Hannah Montana.

    SIMON SAYS – Agree!

    EVERYONE that says "parent your own kids" – I assume many or most of you are not parents. My daughter fell in love with a little girl on a show called Hannah Montana. She is a huge icon and as a parent you can't just "shut that off" or tell her she can't "like her" anymore. That's not realistic. We all have to realize that most Hannah fans are between the ages of 6-13. So as long as she is an employee of Disney, who markets to kids, she needs to behave her age.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  329. Kimmy V

    Susie Q.... Don't you monitor your kids' activities.... Why was she out with a boy alone in the first place... having sex... Not to mention the monitoring of her web page. Parents... Take note... it is a new generation and with technology you better keep up!!! It's only natural to blame someone else, but you are ultimately the parent.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  330. Rich

    I didn't see anything bad in the pole dance. She wasn't dancing like a stripper. Why is everyone making a big deal about the pole dance?

    January 7, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  331. RagingBear

    And the issue is what here? Of course she`s not a role model, who is nowadays? Parents (and I am one as well), take responsibility for your own kids, they are YOUR kids, not hers or anyone else`s. What happened to the parents actually being responsible for their own brood???? This kind of stuff just makes me sick, c`mon people, get with it.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  332. miles

    Miley made her millions from mostly young girls who most certainly viewed her as a role model. If Miley doesn't like that then she could have stayed out of stardom and just lived as the kid she wants to be. Fame has its rewards and its woes. Deal with it Miley! You're rich because of being a role model.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  333. owned

    After looking at some of your comments about what Miley had to say, I have to say most of you people need help. Who are any of you to call her trailer trash and a tramp on the internet as if you know or any of us know what she is really like. Yes she has done some questionable things in the name of entertainment, things that make for cool music videos and yes she is hot doing them, but she has a valid point. Instead of adults whining that their kids are watching something that are too adult for them, even if it is a pole dancing Miley, maybe should take a more active role in their childs life and know what their watching! If you all think you should be getting your morals and ethics from everything you see a celebrity do on tv and in the trash magazines, well your an IDIOT; and its your own fault. If your a parent and let your children do just about what ever they want and once in a while you see something that offends you like Miley pole dancing, you really don't have much of a valid argument to make, its your own fault your kids are watching that program. Monitor what your kids see on tv and read if you all are so upset about it! I'm so sick of you all acting like its societies responsibilty to raise YOUR KIDS, if you want kids then raise YOUR KIDS. Use your V-Chip and block programs, some of you here may have whined about getting the FEDs to get those things installed in tv's years ago and none of you use them, that is just pure laziness.
    I don't care if anyone disagrees with me, that just reafirms my belief than that some of you should never have had children.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  334. Patti

    Miley should understand, that yes she is a teenager, and she is just learning herself. But she is also going to be a role model for kids also. That is being a part of being famous. Her parents should help her out as well. If it is hard for her. Then may be she should leave for a time being. My family really like Miley and would hate to see her leave. But, you have to put you before everything else.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  335. Sara

    I never found her to be in any sort of postition to be a role model. I am not a parent yet but as a women I would never pick her as a strong, influential role model. She is a racy 17 yr. old who posts semi- pornographic pictures to the internet which are then displayed on television, she dates men who are way to old for her and then is pictured in a lip lock with. I would never think of her to be a role model at all!

    January 7, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  336. ggirl

    MOST teenagers aren't in the public eye... MOST teenagers weren't a marketing tool for Disney to attract children and their parents money.. MOST teenagers haven't become wealthy off thier fame with children... so yes she derserves to live her life, but she has put herself in the role model position for millions of american girls who look up to her.. whether or not she likes it, I would hope she remembers how her fortune came before she behaves inapprorpriatly.
    How do you explain to a child who has idolized Hannah Montanna and now Miley Sirus.... why she is sliding down a pole on the front of some tabloid in the grocery store line... parent around that!

    January 7, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  337. john

    i say-– if she wants to be a skank- let her be a skank.... Way to go Miley, shoot for the stars... Lets give our attention to this Taylor Swift girl- atleast she is not a piece of TRASH. See you one E true hollywood story Miley... haha!

    January 7, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  338. Minja

    Good for you Miley! I don't understand why people get into celebrity business! They need to get a life! I raised my kids what's real, what's fake on tv! I know how to turn the TV off when it's not appropriate! I want my kids to ask questions if they don't understand and I want my kids to grow up in a world where we don't depend on celebrity life! Miley and the rest of the Cyrus family is nothing more than a family but in the spotlight! Keep doing what you do and make money! :-)

    January 7, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  339. nokidding?

    You're right Miley! Parents should take responsibility for what their kids watch and do. So tomorrow, if all the parents do their jobs and cut you out of their kids' lives, who's going to watch you on TV and buy your CD's, videos and concert tickets? Is that the price you're willing to pay for not being a role model to the segment of the market that you cater to?

    January 7, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  340. sheesh

    @ Susy Q:
    I'm pretty sure that Miley had nothing to do with your daughter getting pregnant. I highly doubt that she put a gun to her head and told her to have sex with some guy. If your daughter chose to act like a grown up then she needs to live with her grown up decisions. It's stupid to blame some 17 year old kid on what your kids do. As a parent, a lot of what Miley Cyrus has done has been questionable, but it doesn't affect me or my family either way.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  341. Debra R

    You parents are sooo funny....Miley is right. It is because of bad parenting... what parent would allow their minor child to perfom a pole dance on national TV?

    January 7, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  342. karlo

    Isn't she the one that gets up real early to reads her bible?
    Makes perfect sense to me.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  343. Devryn

    And it starts...She'll rebel from her clean teeny bopper image in an over the top and "dirty" way. She'll have a fling with someone who everyone knows isn't right for her, pop into rehab once or twice, pop out a kid or two, and end up in curlers and pink fuzzy slippers, trompin around her trailer.

    I'm personally, shocked and appalled. Seriously...We've NEVER SEEN a teen pop star with Daddy issues before...ever...

    January 7, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  344. Stephen

    Whether you you want to be a role model or not is irrevelant. Once you signed those Disney contracts (you know, the ones that usually have a morality clause) and stepped into that spotlight, you became a role model. Like it or not. So, Miley, either suck it up and be a positive role model or get out of the spotlight for good and go back to a private life. You're still young, the public will have forgotten about you within a year or two.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  345. Lisa

    Parents wakeup and smell the coffee! Kids show themselves on the internet, talk about how they drink get high and smoke. Parents have no control over their kids today, because you give them adult things and allow them to be on their own with them. You better look on Myspace and Facebook and cell phones (Surprise). You also better tell them to make their profiles not private. Lots of parents are so sutpid today! Your child should lookup to TV people? Get a life! They don't even have a job, but give them a phone. Sooooooooooo stupid today. Why doesn't 20/20 investigate Myspace and Facebook for allowing kids to be out of control? Their parents don't have the time.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  346. Jason B.

    I think Miley's done some pretty dumb things. The pole dance being one of the big ones. And the photo shoot, while not the best idea ever, certainly wasn't sexual in nature. It's the adults that see it that way. I do believe she's going down the "sexy pop path" too early. But sadly, that's the path of success anymore. I know, I know, Taylor Swift and others don't go down that road and are very successful.

    When you boil it down though, she's right. She shouldn't be your kid's role model. You the parents should be. But really, how long is she suppose to be "cute little Hannah Montana"? Not allowing her music in your house isn't going to solve a darn thing in the long run.

    Just remember, what did your parents think of your music and your singers? And you turned out pretty good, right?

    January 7, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  347. julian

    i'll be a role model for your kids america!
    and stop bad mouthing miley everyone. thats mean and rude.
    how old is she again? i was pole dancing when i was 12.
    just kidding. im a guy. holla at me miley cyrus.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  348. April

    That's the price of being a star so stop your whinning Cyrus.

    Kids look at TV stars and want to be like them, If she doesn't want to be role model, get out of show business and nobody will care what you do.

    Give it all up Cyrus, honey there's a price YOU will pay for being famous. Your life belongs to the world.

    You will end up being another Brittney Spears tragedy if you continue with that attitude.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  349. rene

    @ James – Wow, you're being a bit harsh with the name calling aren't you? Trailer trash and tramp? I get your stance on being a father and allowing a young daughter to engage in sexual activity, yet the trash talk you display sounds more like trailer trash than anything I've heard Miley utter....

    January 7, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  350. rene

    She is absolutely right! Our culture looks to celebrities to behave in a certain way to teach everyone model behavior. It's rediculous. Parents and family members should be the role models in families, not celebs. Also, that photo of M that Annie. L took is gorgeous!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  351. Nickiejay

    James you should stop name-calling people, there are plenty of folks who live in trailers that live decent, clean lives and do not do those things.

    To judge people based completely on the type of home they live in? Wow....what a jerk. There are even some moble homes that go for MILLIONS of dollars....but I suppose that is "Trashy" too huh?

    You of all people should know better being gay. How do you like it when people bash you for your sexuality? Learn some respect.

    That being said: Many times Miley has stated that Britney Spears is her hero and role model.....enough said. Thank goodness I have a son instead of a daughter.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  352. TJ

    Miley is a media whore and laughs all the way to the bank. The "controversy" over the photos was planned to get the photos plastered all over and it worked to perfection. Miley is still shilling them and now that I know she has more explicit photos on her myspace page, I will go there and take a look. Fame at this age usually does not end well. Keep it up and keep the semi-naked photos coming. In a few months you will be 18 and can get a few million for the fully nude shots. Afterwards you will fade from the public eye and we will have moved on to the next starlet.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  353. Gary

    Note to Miley: like it or not, Miss Cyrus, you ARE a role model, and you DO bear responsibility to those kids who look up to you. Her comment that it's "selfish" for the parents of her fans to have expectations about her behavior is curious–I think it's more selfish for Cyrus, who has chosen a career as an entertainer in the public eye, and who makes a LOT OF MONEY from her fans due to that exposure, to take the view that she can do what she likes with no repercussions.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  354. Becca

    She did a bait-and-switch on parents, acting like she's one way (the clean cut Disney kid), taking their money, and then suddenly declaring she's no role model and acting like a you-know-what. Obviously if she'd behaved like this before, parents wouldn't have brought their kids to her shows and purchased all the crap with her likeness on it.

    She complains that her "family doesn't look for negativity." Then by all means, go ahead and get back on that stripper pole! Go post some nudie videos on you tube. It's all good (according to YOUR family). She is an idiot and her parents are idiots as well, if they truly agree with her position.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  355. Promise

    Hi: am am turning into a teen myself. I stumbled upon this when I was looking for a current event for my class. I looked at this and i agree with myly and i dont at the same time. I used to be a big fan of her. and she still is learning. And this would not be a big deal if she didnt start out in a child buisness. Me and my friends all agree mylie is cool. but we also agree she should not have started out on a show to role model for young girls. I remember when i watched Disney channel she did a episode on how she needs to be careful on what she does when she is famus, because young girls aroung the world are going to follow. Seeing that episode you would think she would know that whatever she does children and young women will follow. I would just like to say she needs to think before she acts.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  356. DR

    That "pole dance" thing was totally fabricated by the media. What everyone saw was a selected frame out of a video of her dancing on top of an ice cream cart. Yes, that "pole" was the pole of the umbrella on top of the cart. And yes, she did take her hand and slide it down the pole, but the frame that all of the media shows makes it look like she is on a stripper pole. Not true and, more importantly, intentionly distorted.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  357. Mel

    I agree, Miley should not be on any further Disney showings at all! Her head is getting to big for her britches and she is headed straight for the wrong end of the road and more than likely she'll end up having a hard time with her life just as Britney Spears did and the Olson twins. She clearly is headed that way. I'm glad I WOULD NOT let our daughter watch any of these "teen" shows! What a mistake! And how sad for these young talented people that start out so young and ultimately most all of them end up trashing their lives. She's no different as we will watch in the news to come.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  358. AK

    She's rite, she is just a regular teen girl.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  359. John

    SuzyQ, I personally lost my virginity at the age of 12, and there was no internet back then. I didn't need to see a picture of a sexy girl. I didn't need to see girls dressed in sexy clothes. I was just as turned on by a frumpy 8th grader in jeans and a t-shirt as I was by a naked woman in Playboy. I've never gotten a girl/woman pregnant in my life, because I'm not stupid. If you don't have your girl on birth control now, that's your problem, because I can promise you, she's having sex already.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  360. Mike

    "I agree with Miley 100% Celebrities and sports figures should NOT be role models for kids."

    Thanks, 100%. Deadbeat parents that do not pay attention to their kid are the ultimate issue. But, the same "decent" parents blame everyone else for the behavior of their kids.

    Losers. Get off Facebook and spend some time with your kids. Losers.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  361. Melinda D.

    What people fail to realize is that although she may have started out as a DISNEY star, she is no longer involved in that roll. Instead she has chosen a solo career – hence, she is on MTV and VH1.

    I believe this country is quick to point fingers and criticize and yet we all fail to pause for a moment and look at OURSELVES, and OUR parenting first. It's always easier to point blame rather than admit your own flaults.
    I read further up that a woman mentioned her daughter posting up a pose on her page portraying a pose that Miley had done and saying that thanks to her, her daughter is now pregnant. She should "sue". Well, maybe you should censor what your child(ren) are doing. Not having full adult supervision can lead to numerous mistakes. Maybe you should sue yourself for your own integrity.

    Let this girl live her life. She is after-all 17. And please tell me what the average 17 year old does in modern times? Mothers and fathers, do you honestly believe you know everything about your child? If they have a phone, there is a 2-out of-3 chance they have gotten quite familiar with that camera of theirs. Parents, have you hung out with your child while they're 17 and hanging out with their friends? No doubt practicing dirty dances and pole dancing including. Get real people. And don't think just because your daughter is a cheerleader that she's innocent – have you taken a hard look at those routines these days? But hey! No one looks at that!

    January 7, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  362. SB

    @Amanda: Absolutely spot on. Miley's 17, let her be 17. To all of you calling her awful names (keep in mind, none of us actually knows her personally), think of yourselves at that age. Were you perfect? Or even close?

    While it is true that when someone enters the entertainment industry, he or she becomes highly visible, the idea of becoming a role-model for kids is entirely up to the people buying into the brand – your kids and you. Allowing your kids to develop a hero-worship of another – let's face it – kid is setting your kids up for a big let-down when their idol makes a typical teenage mistake (or a few). Your kids might like "Party in the USA", but it's up to you to explain that there's a difference between the singer and the song, the actor and the show, etc. And remember, you reserve the right to turn the TV off/change the channel, whatever you need to do as a parent.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  363. Nathan

    What we do matters. You get up on a stage, you intentionally put yourself out there to sell your music, CDs, movies, etc, you have chosen a public life. If all you want is to create for yourself, sit in an attic and do it. You can't have fame without responsibility, especially when you market yourself so heavily to kids, who are the most impressionable out there.

    And no, "most teens" aren't posting nude pictures of themselves on MySpace. And even if they were, do we really set our standards by the lowest common denominator? Give me a break.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  364. Miles

    I think its awesome that she came out publicly to have this stated before things eventually get out of control.I mean you see it everyday, people blaming other people for there own faults Especially when it comes to a celebrity type figure. She's growing up in her own little world she cant expect to be a childhood star forever she has to set out on her own journey.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  365. Mel

    If you become a celebrity, a part of that job is influence. For example, companies depend on you to influence the public to buy their product. Fashion depends on you to influence a trend.
    Your influences have no boundries (look at UGGS for crying out loud) You can't pick and choose what people are influenced by.
    If she wants the fans and wants to be successful and wants to start trends, then it should be expected that everything you do will be followed.

    Has she not learned from other girls that posting pictures of yourself like that NEVER WORKS OUT IN THEIR FAVOR?!

    She's a talentless moron who has absolutly no grasp on reality.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  366. Lil One

    I have often wondered where mileys parents are.. I have followed her and her sister on twitter for awhile now and noticed that her little sister is on tweeting at all hours of the night and by the way she talks it seems she doesnt even live with her parents.. thats sad.. Maybe thats why she is "sampling" in things that she shouldnt be so young...but who am I to judge someone else.. Just a thought

    January 7, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  367. kapechi

    It is unfortunate that when she was given her talent, God didn't give her the wisdom to know how to use it for good. She's just another selfish kid with no view on life beyond her own self interest. It's a shame there are so few positive role models for kids today, but when you turn your back on God, and think "its all about me", this is what you get. What we should be doing is finding kids with the maturity and background who WANT to be positive role models, and promote them instead of wasting it all on vapid people with no values to share.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  368. Tina L

    I agree with Miley.. I am a mom of 8. 6 of them are teenagers.. I have had struggles with some of them regarding the internet and myspace etc, but it is my job as a parent to teach them right from wrong. I dont get upset about mistakes they make, I just try to teach them better once they have made them. I would NEVER blame, Actors, Musicians or anyone else for that matter, when my children try things that they "shouldnt" If Mileys parents don't see anything wrong in it.. then what makes us all think we can tell her right from wrong.. She has done SO MANY good things and been a GOOD role model for children that this one little thing. .(that really wasnt even that bad) means nothing.. She is a positive influence on my children!

    Way to go Miley!

    January 7, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  369. Kel

    I actually agree with everything she said... Except the pictures, that's just creepy. The only problem is that as a teen pop culture icon, kids will inevitably look up to her. Parent's don't want her to be their kids role model, but they can't help who their kids like or want to be like.

    It's human nature. We can be idiots. It's our social construct that is to blame. We feature actors/athletes/singers more than people who really make a difference. We pay them more than teacher, cops, nurses, engineers. That's what's messed up. Although being a teen doesn't give you an excuse to be a moron.

    I certainly liked certain famous figures, but not personally. It was, I wanna play b-ball like Gary Payton or something. I liked shows, but didn't buy a backpack with their face on it. Seriously, Miley just needs to disappear. And the Jo Bros. Their ruining the minds of our children! 10 year olds shouldn't be on facebook and carry cellphones around and watch TV instead playing outside and being active (obesity). Besides, Miley and the Jo Bros aren't that great at singing anyways.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  370. Ellen

    If you endorse anything, expect ANYONE to take your opinion about something, market or promote anything at all...you have automatically deemed yourself a role model.
    You tell people buy this, get that, wear my face on your jammies, whatever... all of these thing you using your INFLUENCE to to tell people how to live some aspect of their lives.
    THAT is being an INFLUENCE, using that INFLUENCE, and making money off that INFLUENCE. That INFLUENCE may make people eat differently (Yes, Miley was on a cereal bar), dress differently, and wait a second...ACT differently. She says, "Sing my songs!" and "Dress like me!" and now she wants to say, "But Don't act like me!"
    That's ridiculous. She needs to remove her face from EVERYTHING if she wishes that to be true. That is the only way she can say she is a role model no more.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  371. Jill

    She is right, you are the parent, not her... teach your children right from wrong and if she is doing something wrong, they will know... and if you've done your job, what she is doing in public won't matter.
    I don't much care for her but that is not why my children don't like her... they are old enough to know that a 15 yr dating a 20 yr (when she was 15yr) is just wrong, they don't care who you are or where you are from.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  372. Ellen

    I do not think most people blame her at all. I think they blame her parents. She is surrounded by people that psuh ideas on her. It is their responsibility to make sure they keep things age appropriate. There are far too many people around her to blame any one person.

    On another note, she knows who her audience is and should have enough good business sense to remember that if not for decency's sake, for the sake of her "clients" she should fulfill the role. If Chuck E. Cheese or Seseme Street went raunchy, people would cry foul. There is absolutely a certain level or responsibility she holds as an underage Disney character. When she is out of Disney and of age, that will be the correct time for her to discover "who" she is. Right now she is a Disney character and should repect that fact and respect all of the people that have made her who she is today enough to behave. Finish the job.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  373. Mario Wong

    witness Britany and her latest hit 3. For a few extra bucks she's influencing 12 year old girls to do threesomes

    January 7, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  374. SBS

    Americans are so uptight!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  375. margrette

    agreed with SuzieQ.

    I bet she taught her daughter, but I bet she didn't listen.

    DUH!!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  376. David

    Most 17 year olds are not support by millions of dollars from parents and if anyone has an issue with her professionally or personally speak with your $ it speaks much louder than words.

    If a magazine has pictures you don't appreciate don't buy it let the sales show what you support! If movies/songs have words or an attitude you don't want to support... don't!

    January 7, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  377. Jackie

    I agree with Miley. Any parent who blames their childrens' actions on other peoples choices is being ignorant. I am sure Miley's parents suggest her not to do things and gives her advice. Its up to her to take it or not. Just like your own kids.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  378. banks

    i don't understand why everyone views taylor swift as classy and miley as raunchy. everyone picked on miley when she was 16 dating a 20 yr old.... but how about taylor swifter, 20, dating taylor lautner, 17. she's a young cougar. i don't see that as role model material.

    anywho... why is everyone so concerned about role models? my parents raised my brother and me in a secular humanist/existentialist home. we never went to church or talked about the concept of god or what is wrong and what is right. we were left to decide what to believe in. so instead of being a tween/teen and looking everywhere for role models, my brother and i started to formulate our own opinions about the world and be our own role models. and we both turned out a-okay. my brother is studying art and a great ceramicist (sp?). and i graduated valedictorian and got into uc berkeley with plans to study neurobiology. i think parents should raise their kids in a secular humanist environment, because otherwise kids are kind of brainwashed into their parents' beliefs until they get to the rebellious age, but eventually return to believing in the same things their parents did instead of analyzing their own beliefs. i think everyone should pay attention to the buddha quote: “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

    January 7, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  379. Patty

    Actually, Miley, it does sell magazines...however you look at it and most can see that is all you care about. I have no problem with you 'living your own life', but you should consider your target audience. If you are making money off of the adoration of those young fans, you do have a certain amount of responsibity to assume as their 'icon'. That may not be the same thing as a role model, but just as powerful. It is immature and irresponsible of you to simply try to absolve yourself in this way. If you just want to join the crowd of 'stupid girls' out there, have at it; but do the kids a favor and ply your trade on older, less impressionable targets.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  380. Glen

    She needs to "hack it or pack it'.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  381. jane

    she can do what she wants,she never said she was trying to be a role model,the parents of these kids should be their role model,not some singer that will phase out soon enough,next she be critized for getting married and having children.like all the teen stars....they eventually grow up and do grown up things like experience life wether it be possitive or negative,and not everybody 's going to like it....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  382. Errinn

    Miley is only a tool for Disney.
    Anyone who doesn't understand that she is "plastered everywhere" because Disney wants to squeeze every last dollar out of her image, is not well-informed.
    Even a gel-ice pack has her picture on it.
    She is merchandised, and promoted as a role model by Disney, until they push the next "teen idol" out.
    So, all the very justified rantsshould be directed at the Goliath, Disney, behind Miley, and every other star they decide to promote. It's an industry, Miley is the product. I mean, gosh, the industry is creating a "star" out of Kim Kardashian for crissakes, right now!!

    January 7, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  383. Samantha

    She is absolutely right. It is up to the parents to raise their own children not Hollywood, Nashville or any other avenue of entertainment. I applaud her for having the honesty and the guts to put it out there straight up and no punches pulled. Good for you Miley. If parents dont want their children to act like some of the entertainers of today they need to make sure they are grounded with good morals and to explain that these artist are entertainers...."acting"... As far as pole dancing well I would have to speculate how many mothers are participating in the new exercise program using the pole? What does that say to the daughters in this world. Sexting is not something just for girls....alot of boys do it too and she is a teenager.....how many mistakes have we all made as teenagers...come on we need to be more responsible parents and take resposibility for our children and stop blaming the entertainment business for every human mistake made....

    January 7, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  384. Bryan

    She's partially right. Her job may be to entertain but part of that is kids look up to her. If she doesn't want people looking up to or emulating her, she shouldn't be a celebrity.

    That said, she is right in that ultimately it's parents that own the responsibility to educate and allow their children to develop in a healthy environment. However I'll close with saying I don't think her career would be doing quite as well if parents followed her advice...

    January 7, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  385. tcmiller100

    My girls originally loved the show "Hannah Montana," and so did I. But as Miley has evolved into a more sexually suggestive performer, I don't find her appropriate for my kids to look up to anymore. We don't watch the show and her influence on my kids is pretty much non-existent.

    BUT, I think that when Miley made a choice to become a public figure (a heavily promoted Disney channel star), she made a choice at that point to serve as a role model. She does have some responsibility to try to act in accordance with the commitment she made. Those parents and children have given her the wealth and fame to live the life she has. She has obligations to do her best to use them wisely.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  386. Darth in CO

    Miley,

    If you're not going to raise my children, who is?

    Republican Parent

    January 7, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  387. spiraldown

    We all know where this is headed. Britney........Miley.........Next

    January 7, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  388. Cate

    I'm no Miley Cyrus fan by any stretch of the imagination, but she actually has a very good point here. I hate it when parents get offended by the personal choices celebrities make, saying it's corrupting their children. Nobody should have their curb THEIR OWN lives because YOU can't talk to your kids about your expectations for them. Let her live her life, yeesh.

    January 7, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  389. Frank Sullivan

    To me, she is just another example of bad parenting. I think her Dad should be her DAD, not necessarily her "friend".

    January 7, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  390. K

    Geez people, leave her alone!
    Let the girl live her life how she wants to live it. She's completely right in saying that it's not up to her how children/teens view her, it's up to the parents/guardians to raise their children the way they want them raised. I seem to remember a quote that aptly describes this situation..."Those who criticize our generation often forget who raised it."

    January 7, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  391. kathy

    she takes all the perks that come with her fame, yet she wants none of the responsibility that goes with it. THAT is what is wrong. she's right, she's only 17, but she's put herself into this position, nobody forced it on her. pole dancing at a TEEN choice award show?? even her getting a tattoo. she is 17. what does that say to all her young fans that look up to her? Don't get me wrong, i have plenty of tattoos, as does my husband, but my children will wait until their 18, because it's the law...
    and i just read her say how she has never read or seen the twilight seris, because "she doesn't believe in that vampire stuff". i guess a show about a girl who puts on a blond wig and goes un-noticed is soooo much more believable?? and wasn't she all over twitter, until her new boyfriend told her to stop? yea, real big mind of your own their miley...
    all i know is that i'm thankful my kids have minds of their own and outgrew her 'music' quickly...

    January 6, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Ron

    @ Suzy Q

    You are a 35 year old grandma because of a choice YOUR KID MADE. It's WAY more your fault than ANYONE ELSE.

    Sue Yourself.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Man Of World

    She's right, she's not a roll model. And, she'll be long forgotten in another year or two.

    A little tip for you all............................PARENT YOUR OWN CHILDREN!

    January 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Gary

    She's so right!!!

    Showbiz people aren't role models, they're entertainment.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Bud

    She's kind of an idiot, although a rich one. If she doesn't want to be a role model, she shouldn't be making a billion dollars off of little kids.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Will

    While I agree with her that too many parents need to be more responsible for their kids the fact is, she's everywhere and all this stuff she does is in public. It's not like she was pole dancing at her house with no one around or the picture was only for her family wall at home (which would be strange). I'm sure her dad doesn't care what she does as long as she keeps bringing in the $$$. Let's face it, Achy Breaky Heart ain't bringing the bucks in anymore and if it weren't for her, daddy would probably be working with Gary Coleman as a rent-a-cop. He's a gold digger who rather than being a responsible parent of a star, just lets her do whatever she wants.

    As for the pictures on Myspace and Facebook, there are some that do that but she makes it sound like all the kids do which is not true. Neither of my kids post those kinds of pictures because they would be grounded for the remainder of the year. I regularly check on their sites and make sure it's clean and stays clean.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Steve C

    No different than all the other Hollywood & political elitist types..... Obama says one thing and does another.... Miley's just doing the same thing...

    It's time everyone stood up and stopped caring about ANYTHING Hollywood says or does by keeping their money in their own pockets.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Paige Taylor

    Here is the bottom line....If you want to be invisable about your actions as a 17 year old, than be invisable and keep your moods and comments to yourself! However, if you are in the extreme limilight AND making money this way, than you have a inherant obligation to do whats instatutionally right, to do what is morally and publically right according to current norms! If this is not acceptable to you, than you should not comment at all, or continue to recieve accolades for your actions! It comes with the territory of being a public ICON! Dont like it.....Go away somewhere........

    January 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Ollie

    To those who commented on how the "bad" things she did:
    She DID say it was a mistake and she needed room to make mistakes like any person and LEARN from them... and there's definite wisdom and truth in that. Everyone has to be accountable for themselves and parents must be accountable for themselves AND their offspring. If parents disapprove of her as a role model they can always limit their child's exposure to her and her products. Exploring, making bad judgements, etc ... those are a part of life, as a teen and as an adult. Everyone makes mistakes and the responsible thing is to try and learn from them to lead a happy and satisfying life.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Jeannie

    She is exactly right. Let's let her be who she is and let her find her own way. We are way too critical as a whole society.

    January 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  401. haley

    OK....I am glad that I don't have little girls right now in this day and age!!! But if I did have a little girl, I would teach my kids that you shouldn't put all your heart and soul into these stars, they are REAL people and have REAL lives and they aren't always like they are portrayed on their television shows. I think that if we as parents would be better role models our selves that our kids will look up to us instead of these superstars!!

    January 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Why?

    WOW this is interesting.... Let a black rapper say he's not a role model and that you should be responsible for your own kids and people jump all over him... Miley Cirus can do what she wants and people agree with her.... America and its ways!!!! I guess life truly isn't fair and never will be...SMDH in disgust!!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Southerner

    If you don't want to be a role model, don't take the money and don't act/sing. It is hypocritical to want all the benefits of being a superstar without accepting the responsibilities.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Adam

    Right on! It's about time she started just being herself. Like many current musicians she would be a total fake if she tried to pander to everyone's wishes, to try to be liked by everyone, just to appeal to every demographic in order to sell more CD's. Artists who follow that path make america dumber. She should always be herself, tell it like it is, sing about life, love, sex, drugs, politics, the drama of being a teenager or whatever, as long as it's her truth and her feelings. If she does that I'll respect her.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Matthew

    Normally kids watch Hanna Montana and they think that is life even if parents say that is not reality. And the kids go and do what these silly actors/actresses do. The parents who wrote here justifying here have no moral values. They are also part of this 'celebrety' culture.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  406. shannon

    Ok folks..I have a son so I am not up on the whole Miley Cyrus stuff BUT I am sorry..I feel she is a very average looking girl that can't sing a lick! I mean Taylor Swift is beautiful and has a pretty good voice. I have never seen the appeal with Miley.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Georgiana

    Hey Suzy Q. Maybe YOU should teach your daughter that teen sex isn't a good idea. That way when the alleged boy contacts her, she'll have the morals and ethics instilled in her by YOU the parent to know not to emulate the sex appeal of Miley Cyrus. (which actually YOU should be monitering to begin with since no 15-year-old girl should have a social network site without YOU being aware of what she's putting on it) YOU will have taught her these things. If she sleeps with some guy just because she copied Miley Cyrus, I'm pretty sure YOU did a bad job explaining to her right from wrong. Just saying. People need to start raising their own children and stop blaming the media. The media is there, teen sex and Miley Cyrus' are there, it's up to parents to sit down with their children and explain to them the possible repercussions of trying to emulate them. It comes with the territory these days. If you don't want to deal with it, don't have kids.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Karen

    Good for you Miley. You are a tell it like it is gal even at a young age. Decide who you are and live your life for you.

    It annoys the crap out of me that people seem to assume that their opinions of anyone other than themselves has some sort of relevance in the world.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  409. kasy

    Wow! I can't believe how hateful Americans are. Sad part is I'm from America and when other people used to say Americans are hateful, I'd blow them off but its actually true. I don't like it at all either, one day I'll have to get out of this country if this hateful, irresponsible, lazy, jealous attitude of Americans keeps up.

    Stop being LAZY and IRRESPONSIBLE. Parent your own children instead of expecting everyone else to do it or don't have children at all. Sometimes I wonder why people have kids to begin with, I know alot are unplanned but some aren't.
    IF children are idolizing celebrities and entertainers more than you, then obviously you're not doing your job. Its sad that more and more parents are becoming lazy and care more about other things and complaining, then their own children.

    Sure, Miley has made some mistakes and done some questionable things but she's young and young people do dumb things. NOT ONE person is mistake-free, EVERYONE has made mistakes. If people were meant to be perfect, then God would have made them that way but he didn't.

    If you don't want to raise YOUR kids and teach them right from wrong, then you shouldn't be having children.

    Gosh, I hate to be rude but I'm tired of irresponsible, lazy people who can't take responsibility for themselves and their children. I guess I'm in the wrong country.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  410. kristi

    Shame on you Miley! You started acting when you were 9. Did you miss the part of the Disney contract that stated you were not allowed to mature beyond 12. How dare you grow up! Don't you realize little girls watch you on TV and expect you to stay a little girl for the rest of your life. What on earth are you thinking growing up and causing girls to become pregnant strippers who post sexy pictures of themselves online.

    Billy Ray, don't you understand that everything that is wrong with "kids" these days is because of the choices you made in how to raise YOUR children! Before Miley there was NEVER a young girl that shook her hips while dancing, never a young girl that experimented with trying to look sexy, and NEVER a girl that dated an older guy.

    All you adults need to grow up and take responsibitiy for your kids. All you teenage girls saying "I NEVER" need to stop lying and own up to your dark little secrets! I am a 17 year old girl and I am guilty of shaking my hips when I dance I pucker my lips when being silly with my friends in pictures, I have dated an older guy. News flash to ALL OF YOU.... I do not watch Hannah Montana so guess what can't blame Miley, these are all things 99% of all teens do either in public or in private. She just happens to famous so everything she does is a bigger deal to the rest of you who cant admit you and now your kids have done the same kinda things.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Christian

    Parents simply need to take responsibility for raising their children, and stop blaming the Hollywood machine. Turn the TV off and talk to your children... they need you.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  412. chloe

    I am not a Miley fan at all but I am glad that she came out and said that. Parents should be telling their kids what they should and should not be doing. If you are going to sit back and let your kids be influenced by a 17 year old girl, you are not a good parent. She is a teenager! Teenagers are trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. It really annoys me when everyone attacks her for growing up. Yes, I know she took some pics and "pole danced" but that is what teenagers do in this generation. For any parent who wants to sit back and act like that doesn't happen, shame on you. If you can accept that is what happens and tell your children not to follow that, I applaud you. I honestly feel bad for Miley, she gets attacked for everything she does. I do not agree with what she does but I know those things happen.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Jennifer

    My girls are 6 and 8 and I they are not allowed to watch the Disney channel AT ALL. Why would I offer this up as entertainment to my children when there are so many more interesting/useful/enriching things to watch/things to do? When they asked why, we sat down at watched Hannah Montana and Suite Life together. I pointed out when the girls acted dumb, spoiled, mean etc. I tell them that I worry that They may accept/model this behavior and I make sure they know that they are better than this. This is easy.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Mike

    True statement. Not a role model. More like Lindsey Lohan 2.0. Way to go Billy Ray.

    January 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Kila

    Miley is a 17 year old whore taking up with a 19 year old guy who dances on stripper poles. Her little sister dresses provacatively. Her brother is a human piercing.

    Maybe Miley should talk to her parents about parenting.

    And when you are famous, people will emulate you along with many other people including parents. Novel idea- emulating more than one person.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  416. bhamgirl81

    parents have a responsibility, YES - but celebrities who create a brand that relies on tween popularity should THINK TWICE about the responsibility they bring unto themselves: you're a role model whether you like it or not. do not ask the public to accept your obvious unwillingness to accept a role you brought onto yourself.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Ashley

    As a teenager myself, I look to people in my IMMEDIATE life as role models. In no way do I look to celebrities to model my life after. Leave Miley alone. She, just like the rest of us, just wants to live her life the way she wants to. Is that such a bad thing?

    January 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Denny

    P.S. Oh by the way set standards of behavior for your children, especially teenagers. Include acceptable dress codes. Give them a voice and listen to what they say. They may surprise you. In the end your in charge so act like your in charge.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  419. 15 yr. old.

    Miley, if you're reading this, I want you to know that people my age call girls who pole dance a "slut". Let me know if you want a definition!

    To be honest, I couldn't care less what Miley did or said or ate or bought. These days, people make the dumbest things into a nation wide debate. How sad.
    What's even sadder is that CNN reports on garbage like this. The most interesting news report on here today was the dumb dude who called the police thinking he would get his "herbs" back by paying ransom.

    Hint: 90% of the people who posted said the same thing. Try to not post something we already know.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  420. marsha

    Parents, teach your children about the love of Jesus. Let Him be their role model, not the stars of today, which will never last and always let them down.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Kenny

    When you market to children you have a social responsibility. Fortunately my children have no idea who she is.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Denny

    Miley Cyrus is 100% right. Parents should be in charge of a teenagers behavior. My parents held me responsible for my own actions. If my behavior was out of line because I mimicked the behavior of a TV star I got grounded. When I turned 16, as most teens did, I had my own car. I also had that car taken away from me for a week because I missed curfew by 45 minutes. I was simply held responsible for my action by my parents.

    Moms and Dads need to be parents, not best friends, and stop blaming Video games, Teen stars and TV for there childs behavior. Hold them accountable for there actions.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  423. dan

    she has made her fortune being the icon for a whole generation of young girls and now when she actually has to show what being a role model is she balks....if she didnt want the responsibility she shuoldnt have taken that role...

    January 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Noone

    You see people, this is exactly why religion, Islam especially, should rule. not only because of this, but to fix the arrogance, ignorance and desires of people that have devastated future generations to come.

    The world is sickening, and there is no common thought or belief, or even sense of mortality. SOme parents don't care wether they watch Miley Cyrus, and think it's something for children. Now, even the pop star whore herself admits she's not a saint, and that she shouldn't be a role model for children, girls in particular.

    Before, girls were modest, and didn't act like prostitutes. And soon, parents, society as a whole is going to see the repercussions of what pop culture has done to the world.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Lost1

    Let Miley and the rest of the tween stars grow and crash and burn. They'll end up ok or be the next drug/sex/etc. addict of the week soon. There's only so much innocence in sugarland....

    January 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  426. DJ

    I do have to say that photo of her by Anne L. was a great shot. It shows a little girl posing as a woman because that is what she is. She is a girl supporting a multitude of families with a lot of weight on her shoulders. It is one of Anne L's greatest shots, and I don't understand why so many people were upset about it.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  427. james

    That is the only smart thing this tramp has ever said! She is trailer trash that needs to learn to speak. Her father also should be ashamed of himself for allow his daughter to be sleeping with someone that should be charged with RAPE! She is an underaged child!

    Whats funny, I am a gay man who is pretty darn progressive. I have two daughters and I will NOT ALLOW them any of this tramps music or movies in our home!

    January 6, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Elle

    Has no one heard of the uses and gratifications theory of media? Kids are not sponges. If they want to engage in risky behavior, it'll take more than admiring Miley with her shirt off.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  429. JMaier

    I will say that I agree completely that it is up to me to parent my child and I wouldn't blame Miley Cyrus or any other out of control teenager if my daughter or son went the wrong way. It would be nice if Cyrus would try to be a little less overt with her behavior, though, since some kids do have inattentive parents (not unlike Miley Cyrus herself) and may emulate this non-role model.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Nancy Lagace

    I think she is right , we have to stop this role model statement whenever a celebrity makes mistake,by the way we all do!
    her job is entertainment and that's it! singing and her tv show , not setting moral for people. Like cartoons you have to tell your teens
    and for here right down to 6 years of age that this is not real life .
    We the parents are the role models, and must take responsibility.
    Thank you

    tvnancy

    January 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  431. peachylove

    how does pole dancing and sexting relate to growing up? that actually sounds pretty immature to this 17 year old. the basic rule of thumb is, and always has been to try not to be a slut. experiment, sure, but how many kids do you know need to experiment in front of the whole world? Do what you want in private, Miley. On top of it all, you don't need to experience life through sex. There's more to growing up than that, which you clearly don't seem to understand.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  432. JMaier

    She's right, she isn't a role model – at least not one I'd want my kids to copy. Her parents aren't parents, either. They should be ashamed of themselves. Luckily, my daughter is uncomfortable with the seemingly trampy person that Miley Cyrus has become and has removed all of her posters off of her wall – without any suggestion from me.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  433. JR

    I agree with Miley 100% Celebrities and sports figures should NOT be role models for kids. Parents should take more responsibilty with their kids and set an example. Too often, children are parked in front of the TV and left. Turn the TV off and do something with your kids (volunteer, go walking, etc...)

    January 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Dale

    Celebrities are not role models, period. A GOOD parent would instill that in their child. Stop blaming anyone, sheesh!

    January 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  435. DJ Dave

    Society has put celebrities on a pedestal long before Miley came along. Perhaps she should know better, but at least she's not blaming her seemingly bad behavior on others who might have been her role models.
    If she is such a rotten influence, then we as parents should not allow our kids to watch her. What about all the other crap on TV? Do we blame all of that too? This is a big world and there are bad influences all around us. It is the parents job to protect and educate their children. Be involved with them and in their lives instead of just expecting the television or movie theater to babysit them.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Colleen

    Kudos to Holly. She and, presumably, her parents, chose for her to make a name for herself on Disney. When you market yourself a certain way you absolutely have a responsibility to the fans you are targeting to keep up that "image". She has every right to make her own mistakes, but she also has a responsibility to those she made look up to her. If she doesn't want to be a role model, take time off between Hannah Montana before she pulls a Britney. BTW, I feel the same way about Tiger Woods. I have every right to judge him because he chose to take the endorsements and put himself out there. Miley needs to go away for a bit so people forget Hannah. Luckily for her, that shouldn't take long.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  437. A. Armitage

    #1 When did POLE DANCING become a teenage activity????

    #2 You don't want to be a role model? Then quit your current job and go work at a McDonald's like any other normal teen.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  438. Lisa RB

    My kids and I discussed Myley's pole dance at the teen choice awards and her photo shoot w/Annie Liebovitz. Myley's experiences and behavior in the spotlight have given us opportunities to talk about the morals that I want my children to adhere to and behavior that I think is acceptable. My teenagers understand that they make choices and live with consequences based on the beliefs and expectation of our family, not Myley's family or Britney's family.

    If, as a parent, you are allowing your children to be exposed to the media you have the responsibility to provide supervision and input into how you feel about what your child is being exposed to.

    For the record, as a family, we agreed that Myley is fortunate to have a stunning photo taken by an iconic photographer, and she has chosen rightly to ignore her critics in this instance.

    January 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  439. JC

    I agree that parents need to take more responsibility for the actions of their children. Miley is just someone they see on TV and/or hear on the radio. Miley is not interactive in your childs life, YOU ARE! Do something about the fact that your child was irresponsible and got pregnant or took a racy picture of themselves. If your child can't tell the difference between right and wrong for themselves, it isn't Miley's fault. It's YOUR fault and you need to take responsibility for that and stop trying to blame everyone else! Re-evaluate how active you are in your childs life.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  440. shadia

    Sure she may not be responsible for the actions of other peoples children and/or their actions. But she has to understand that kids look up to her rather she likes it or not.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  441. ds

    I agree with her.
    Get real folks...she is 17. Most 17 years olds don't get the concept of "role model".
    Besides, each of us has a different idea of what a "role model" is.
    Be real parents. Don't rely on the entertainment industry to be a role model.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Pandora

    She's boring, not that talented or pretty. She should go to college and get a real life. I'm sick of her.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Jason

    TAMMY – Yes – Dont buy her stuff for your daughter if you have a problem with her. Thats what makes you the PARENT.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  444. nena

    it's not just miley cyrus, its the media itself. They say "protect your kids" but then bombared them with gratuitous images ( and now that we are in the age where media takes many mediums, it's hard to get away from it). They say "take responsibility" but in reality they are the reckless ones, who only care about $$$ not the well being of children and their families. I think most people will agree that the majority of parents w/ tweens want to see good, clean fun. That's it. Is that so much to ask for? I am not for censorship, believe me, I am prtty liberal in my views, but we have to call the media bosses on this. Miley or any celeb for that matter, aren't the ones solely calling the shots.

    Thankfully, there are some teens that are not easily dissuaded by peers / media .. and follow the beat of their own drummer. So I wouldn't be so worried.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Paul M

    Of course she's no role model. She's a me-first, people-hating elitist snob who's only famous because of who her dad is. Nice to see that talent is irrelevant in determining if you're worhy. In her case and many others, you'd better have looks, wealth, and connections – otherwise, you're a nobody in celebrity eyes. And as for the backlash, she had it coming.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Marc

    I love her, she is a sweetie. Leave my girl alone!

    January 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Jason

    Seriously she is right. If you disagree, then that means you are unwilling to take responsibility for your kids. My parents explained to me what I ws being exposed to and let me know what they thought was good and bad and what was expected. maybe parents should not just talk the talk, but walk the walk. The responsibility is not hers. It is and always will be the parent.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  448. simonsays.

    maybe her parents should be better parents and tell her daughter that when you are still a disney star and a hot topic in the public eye you shouldn't pole dance, wear shirts that show your bra, or take explicit pictures of herself. but i mean why do they care she's bringing them million$$$$$$ "i'm not a role model" umhhh, sorry to break your little bubble but when you choose to become a disney star you were accepting that you have a young audience and that they are going to LOOK UP TO YOU & everyy move you make. it's part of the lifestyle you choose.
    parent:"oh i'm sorry sweetheart i know you loooove hannah montana and miley but i'm gonna have to ban that show or any concert because she dances like a stripper now without the wig"
    if you don't fix yourself up, the kids that see you and see what you do will most likely be fine, but you will be remembered as a dumb girl that had her period of fame but went downhill from there.
    if you don't want to take responsibility in your actions don't commit the action. grow up.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  449. d gentles

    Tony well said //Miley is right parents and society need to be their own role model not tiger woods not any other athlete we are responsible for our own actions/not chris brown. She is right and she is doing a good job of setting the stage by informing us now. S don't be surprised if u see something u don't like or think your daughter should be doing. All athletes and superstars should make the samestatements

    January 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  450. Barbara

    would everyone lay off miley cyrus, i have seen her act, and heard her music there is nothing wrong with her teach your kids the difference between real and make believe and then you don't have to worry, but stop expecting everyone else in the world to parent your kids.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Tammy

    Miley Cyrus wants to live her life and I understand that, but kids love her and want to emulate her, that's human nature, especially in impressionable children. But how do you explain to an 8 year old that 16 year old Miley is dating a 20 something boy, or Miley is dancing on a stripper pole! I choose to keep those things away from her so, she sees Miley as a good role model, so she sees her as Hannah Montana. Would she prefer I disallow my daughter from buying her music or taking any interest in her whatsoever? If that is the case than she wouldn't be where she is now would she? What is that saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you"?

    Personally I think she's acting like a spoiled brat and needs to come down to earth and realize that the little children who adore her and her show are the ones that "MADE HER" . I guess I'll keep protecting her image so my daughter can stay happy and Miley can keep making her millions...

    January 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  452. Tanya

    As much as I do not like Taylor Swift, she is an excellent role model. Look how well she dealt with the Kanye situation. Very gracefully in my opinion. I think Miley needs to stop acting like Britney Spears or Madonna and and her parents need to start parenting her. It is not too late or is it? She has not lost all control. I blame it on the parents. They should have parented her long ago. Then maybe things would not be so out of control.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  453. Cleveland Ohio

    She's right! I have not let my daughter watch her tv show or listen to her music for the last two years.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  454. Kaye

    I think Myley is a typical 17 year old girl who happens to be growing up in the public eye. Every move she makes is under a microscope. She WILL make mistakes – we all do. Has anyone read her book? I read it before giving it to my daughter. I absolutely approved of it. Her desire to ACT is what drove her to audition for Hannah Montana, Disney CREATED her image. She is one person, she doesn't control every nuance of her image, that's the Disney Machine.

    Her actions off set may contradict her role on Hannah Montana, but Hannah is a charactor, Myley is the person. This is her last season as Hannah and she will move on. She's growing up. We all do.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  455. Amanda

    The problem is not the 17 year old "star" acting her age. She is a teenager and doing what the majority of teenage girls (and boys) do... she is experiencing life and learning. She like all other children will make mistakes and poor choices PERIOD; we all go through that.

    The issue has nothing to do with money or her being a "Disney" star; she's a child trying to experience life. It's funny to read posts from all the people on here saying she is a "role model" and taking aim at her (and other stars) due to inappropriate actions. Stating she made the choice to be in the public eye so it is her responsibility to act a certain way.

    She's a kid...period! If you don't like the way she acts or sings or dresses take the power and turn the TV off, change the radio station, don’t buy the movies or the C.D.'s. We as parents can and should control what our children see and hear and when they stumble upon things we disagree with be adult and explain to them why we feel it is wrong to act a certain way.

    Personally I would rather take a few minutes to explain to my child why I disagree with certain behaviors a17 year old exhibits than to explain to her why an adult who "should" know better is saying a child is untalented or ugly. Maybe the problem is not with Miley and what she does after all, maybe the problem is with adults who choose to ridicule and make negative statements about a child.

    Seems to me Miley's better adjusted than most of those making comments here, she realizes she makes mistakes, she asks for parents not to let their children look up to her and to let her live her life. Use her mistakes as teachable moments with your own children rather than dogging a kid for being a kid. Our own behaviors stick with our children far long than the behaviors of pre-teen and teen star role models! In 20 years your children will remember your negativity and cruel remarks about a 17 year old they enjoyed watching or listening to far better than they will remember about the details of what was so "wrong" with what she did.

    Parents set the tone for what their children learn, it is how we choose to handle those issues that make lasting impressions on our children not what their "role model" of the week from T.V. did. Take responsibility and raise your children, talk to them, teach them the difference between reality and entertainment and let child stars and their parents worry about the things they learn.

    In the grand scheme of child stars the Cyrus' are doing a pretty damn good job of allowing their children to experience a relatively normal life. Maybe the rest of us should take a page from their parenting book and worry about our own children and stop focusing on what everyone else is doing.

    To those of you taking stabs at a 17 year old for her looks, her acting ability, her singing or anything else, shame on you! You’re adults, you should know better! My guess is each of you is somebody’s role model and what are your actions teaching those children? At least Miley’s a kid trying to find her way, what’s your excuse?

    January 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  456. RB

    Americans are uptight hypocrites. The kid's right – leave her alone. Let her live her life. If she was a punk rocker with piercings and tattoos spewing profanity, her behavior would be viewed as tame! (I've nothing against punk rockers w/piercings and tattoos, btw, myself being a tattooed, pierced musician.)

    Be yourself, and stay true to your own heart and convictions. That's all life is about for any of us.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  457. Brent

    Ever heard of sexting. Alot of kids do that this day in age. So you dont aways see provoative pics on MySpace or Facebook. But what on your kids phone these day? I went to many Ozzy concerts as a kid. I didnt run around biting bats head off. A parent is a role model over any celb. Be active with your kids and they dont go nuts over someone like Miley. Shes young and still learning. She was brought up in the spotlight. Thats what she knows. Did she have a normal childhood. Did Drew Berry?

    January 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  458. Stephanie

    Hannah is not real, Miley is. She has the right to live her life. Her fan are little kids not teenagers like she is. Teach your kids the difference between Miley and Hannah. Not to mention you can't be a role model to someone you don't know. her job is to entertain not raise someone elses kids.

    January 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  459. JD

    There are a lot of people complaining that Miley is role model to the kids, and should be since the kids have "lined her pockets" with money. Let's not fool ourselves here.
    TWEENS DON'T MAKE MONEY. There are a number of child labor laws to protect minors in this country, which also means you child doesn't have an income source that you shouldn't be aware of. If parents are giving their kids allowance, or allowing their kids to have a part time job and spend that money on Miley...well don't be surprised if they pick up poor habits. Good choices start at home.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  460. Jodi

    I agree that parents need to parent, however that does not let Miley off the hook for her behavior. She needs to realize that along with the glamour of being a teen star comes the hinge of taking responsibility for her actions and how they impact others, whether she wants them to or not. Teenagers are naturally egocentric, but she needs to come of her little bubble and realize that the world see's what she does and how she portrays herself. She has many young eyes watching her and she can influence them in a positive way; or teach them all how to pole dance...

    January 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  461. COlady

    The kid is absolutely right!! If you don't like what she does, take responsibility for the parenting of your kids and don't let them watch!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  462. Shasha

    I have a seven year old daughter and I don't allow her to watch Hanna Montanna, I stop letting her watch that show long before Miley started loosing her little mind. I could see it coming and if you ask me Disney is to blame for this, I think most of the shows on the Disney Channel are not for children under 12 years old. When Miley started being peroccupied with boys and kissing on the show that show became off limits. She is right as a parents you can't be lazy and you have to take a proactive approach to raising your children. I only supported Miley in the beginning of her career brought her first album and now I choose not to buy any more. Her family seems wholesome, but as a mom I would have a problem if my child who is a millionare and someone girls her age and younger want to be like says hey I'm living my life where I'm from that called smelling yourself and your high on the hog and you forgetting about the fans and parents who put you there! So I suggest if we want to show Disney and Mrs. Miley who pays there bills we do a world wide ban of all her products and Disney products as well they should screen these young girls that they bring into our childrens lives they need to undergo serious therpy and make sure they can handle the power and popularity of stardom. Someone needs to tell Miley to shut up before she ends up like Lindsey Loghan selling her clothes and jewlery to survive! We are in a recession we don't have to be dumb and give them any more money!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  463. Amy

    Miley, You're right, you're no role model. But you are another manufactured Disney spawn and your target market is children. And I fault Disney for that!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  464. Alex

    #1 Parents choose what a child is exposed to

    #2 Parents trust Disney

    #3 Disney employee defames herself and the trust Disney has worked so hard to attain.

    #4 If a parent doesn't like what Miley's doing, then don't expose her to it. If you have lost trust in Disney, then don't expose her to it. Disney stars used to be pure and whole until the contract ran out, then they went and became a bad role model on MTV (Britney Spears).

    #5 Disney needs to take responsibility for the integrity of people they hire. You don't see their ride operators smoking on the job or pole dancing in Cinderella's Castle. Miley doesn't have to be responsible for kids. Parents are responsible for exposing their kids to her. Disney has dropped the ball.

    Disney... fire her, or set her straight, at least while she's on a kids program!!!

    Miley, you are a national figure. Accept that. Value the innocence of your audience, or step out of the spotlight.

    Parents, somebody broke your trust, it's not the first time. Keep a close eye on who you trust and what your kids watch. And let your kids realize, no body is perfect, you can have a role model, but not an idol.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  465. Jason

    Let's see, the last Disney girl that started sying that was Brittany Spears..,and things turnred out so well!!
    Should parents be responsible for pointing out good role modles for their kids? Absolutely!!
    But Myley, you made quite a bit of money, playing yourself up as the squeaky clean type – you can't walk away from that the way you have without seeming the hypocrite.
    Besides explicit photos, pole dancing?
    Are you Daddy's little girl or Daddy's little stripper whore?

    January 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  466. IRS agent

    Kid is a lot smarter than I gave her credit for.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  467. Scott

    Sorry, but if you accept this sort of role in the spotlight and make millions off of children, you ARE A ROLE MODEL. That hardly means that you have to be perfect, but "stars" like these have to realize the responsibility that is placed upon them. Don't like it? Leave the limelight. It's that easy. Being a role model is part of the price to pay for this sort of immense fame (and immense monetary reward).

    January 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  468. BNS

    I'm not a role model....

    Just buy my clothes, my CD's, concert tickets, and anything else with my picture or name on it.

    I'm not a role model....

    But don't forget to watch me on television, laugh at me, sing along with me, and patronize the products that advertise on my show.

    And after you do that, don't expect anything from me, just leave me alone.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  469. Q-Dog

    Your parents didn't care about your Photo shoot because your half-naked body was bringing in big bucks for them. If regular parents let people take photos of their half-naked teenage daughters for money – they would go to jail. Get it superstar?

    Q

    January 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  470. ann

    It is nobody's place to say what she should or shouldnt do except her own parents. If you dont want your child exposed to her, you should take responsibility for what your child sees. And yes, that is possible to do.
    Personally, I dont see anything she has done that is so horrible or evil compared with the madonna madness I grew up with.
    Bottom line.. if you dont like what Milley does, or dont want your kid exposed to her. YOU do something about it instead of whining that she change.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Clementine

    Seriously, this is such a cop-out statement. She claims she isn't a role model only because HER parents are so lax about everything she does; it's ridiculous how much leniency they give her! It doesn't surprise me with the things she's done, but she's a Disney star, of course little girls look up to her! And if the parents of girls take away their right to enjoy Miley's music, that's horrible. But come on, Miley, you really didn't expect millions of fans looking up to you?

    Although I'm not a fan, I thought she was better than those other unfortunate Disney stars; seems like Taylor Swift is the only "good girl" now.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  472. anonymous

    wow I can't believe how many people have posted here! we'll then again maybe I can. What about miley's parents?

    January 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  473. Andre

    I couldn't agree with "generation?" more. Parents–teach your children the difference between a performance artist and a role model. Have open and healthy dialogues about Miley, Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps and whomever else you want to blame for your children's indiscretions. If they can't see the difference between right and wrong–then the fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  474. FL

    I do parent my children and that is why they don't listen to Miley's music and have only seen a very limited amount of Disney TV when at their grandparents'. Then we talk about what they watched, and why the attitudes portrayed are often not what we want to be like. We tend toward more educational and informative TV watching, rather than the mindless entertainment that pervades, and in general we don't watch much TV because there is so much better stuff to do with our time, like read a good book, or play a game together, or get outside and do something fun.

    On the whole role model or not issue, Miley is a role model by the choice of her profession and she has to take some responsibility for that, but parents also need to take responsibility for parenting their children by helping them make good choices about what they view, etc... It is a both and situation, not either or.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  475. katkat

    i wonder who are her role models?..i wonder where she got the motivation to be a rock star?for sure, she watches tv, looks and selects from those people on the boob tube as her role models. did they ever had to tell her that they can be or cannot be her role model?

    January 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Tim

    Did Miley ever claim to be a positive role model? No. So, what's the problem then?

    YOU want her to be a positive role model, but she doesn't need not to be one. What YOU want does not oblige HER in any way. YOU don't make decisions about how Myley will behave; it's her and her parents that do. YOU only make decisions about your own kids and whether you will spend money on Myley's products.

    January 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  477. Peter

    Give her a break – sure, she is a public figure and as a Disney artist you have to uphold certain values, but I don't think either those pictures or her pole dance were offensive or overly explicit. The year is 2010, not 1950. If kids go off the rails after seeing her then there's something wrong with the way their parents communite with them (or not for that matter).

    January 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  478. juan valdez

    How weak of a culture are we, that we have to look to others for guidence. TV is for ENTERTAINMENT, it is fake. What a teenage celebrity does on her own time is not for you or your dumb kids to critique.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  479. noname

    I am surprised everyone is ignoring the Disney Company's role in this. I have kids so I have seen their shows and all of them push teenage sexs, not just Miley. That is the type of show Disney produces, i.e. Britney, Miley and the list of young girls they are exploiting on their current shows. Miley is responsible for her actions and is a role model like it or not. But like the people that made her image and who are funding her are responsible as well. As a parent I just turn it off now and have my kids do something more productive then watch TV anyway but it would be nice to see some corporate resonsibility. Not just appealling to the lowest common denominator that will make the most money.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  480. Jay

    People need to leave Miley alone. I'm a teen girl too, and what she does is not outragoes or offensive. I'm the same age as her, and trust me, at my high school, I've seen PLENTY worse. PLENTY.

    Have any of you even SEEN that so-called "Pole-Dance"???? It was NOT poledancing, she was pretty much just holding that beam and singing. Sheesh. The little "clips" they show of it on Fox News and the like are sooo taken out of context and are misleading. Before you want to start judging her, have all your facts straight. I watched the teen choice awards, but how many of the people commenting about it here actually HAVE?

    That Annie Leibovitz (sp) picture was very Beautiful, by the way. It wasn't explicit.

    It was an effing picture of her bony BACK, for God's sake.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  481. Rose

    It's her life, I think she should be able to do whatever she wants, but only to a certain degree. She just needs to realize that if she is going to be doing this kind of behavior, consequences will come. Just look at Tiger Woods... Miley chose to be in the spotlight. Anyone who joins that industry should realize that who they are and how they act will determine their fanbase...and I don't think she wants her fanbase to be a bunch of creepy, perverted guys who only want to look at slutty pictures of her.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  482. Lauren

    I think that the whole situation is different simply because she is still attached to Disney. Being Hannah Montana forces her to be a role model. Until she breaks off that connection, she needs to watch her actions and understand that her fans will follow her example.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Shina

    Just leave her alone. I finally took the time to hear her sing, and I find she has very little talent. She'll go away soon enough.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  484. michele

    This little twit doesn't mind making millions off of her adoring preteen fans and their parents... but God forbid she should act like an honorable, decent human being? I'm sorry it's so difficult for Miley to keep her shirt on, but I blame her poor decisions on her youth and her exploitative, no talented father.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  485. elizabethe eller

    Iagree with every word Miley says. If you mom's out there are looking for Miley to be a role model for your kids then you are really sick and bored with your life. And yes teenagers are plastering pictures of themselves half naked why dont you monitor their facebook pages its scary, and what about those teenagers getting pregnant is that an example from Miley? I dont think so, that is what you mom's are showing your kids or lack of. Miley is an extremely grounded young lady.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  486. Britnut

    Go Miley. Nicely put.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  487. MariaG

    Why we have to make celebrities into role models is beyond me. I have teenagers...two of them...yes, they emulate fashion, but I know well enough to tell them if a celebrity is acting stupidly. Claiming that Miley Cyrus would be responsible for a teenage girl getting pregnant is like our parents claiming that we would do the same because Robert Plant wasn't wearing underwear...

    And if famous people are intended to be used as examples, how come all these years after Jon Benet Ramsey was murdered there are still so many idiots out there who proactively pursue turning their daughters into little pedophile dreams in pageants. Watch any episode of Toddlers and Tiaras and Little Miss Perfect and say that it's "to make the child more confident and give her an edge in life"...oh, please...other people's mistakes are other people's mistakes...

    If we all look back, Brooke Shields was a hopeless case because nothing came between her and her Calvins and she just so has happened to turn out fine...leave Miley be...

    January 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  488. generation?

    i can't believe that this discussion has been going on for generations now...

    my grandparents gave my parents a hard time over the beatles and stones...my parents gave me a hard time over madonna...now parents are freaking out over miley...

    when are we going to learn that none of that stuff matters? if you love your kids and raise them right and respect them and talk to them and hug and kiss them as often as you can, they'll turn out just fine.

    it's not up to miley...or anyone else!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  489. TJ

    First off shes not the average teen... Parents spend millions on her shows, cd's, movies etc. for there children because kids look up too her. I agree parents should monitor there kids themselves but she still and always be looked up at because of her status of being a kid star.. I mean come on now.. she got real famous on the Disney channel witch is the number 1 kids tv station. If she doesnt want to be idolized then maybee she should give up singing... I have two daughters my self and since her pole danceing incident, they decided that she wasnt there favorite singer anymore... Now its Selena Gomez.... Hopefully she doesnt pull a Miley..

    January 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  490. josephine

    Miley,
    Like it or not what we do affects those around us. Influences can be negative or positive. However, one has to take responsibility for one's actions including you and your parents Your behavior is reflective of your upbringing. Like it or not, as a celeb you garner attention. You perform for people's enjoyment and seem to enjoy it. That's great and I don't think anyone would really want to take it from you. Ask yourself if what you are doing is appropriate? What image do I want to have? What ideas am I encouraging? Who is viewing this stuff? You seem to have missed the point that some are sending you. Its not that we blame you for what our kids do. Rather, we are concerned at the immoral choices you are making and the lack of responsibility on your part. As parents we grieve that once again we have to tell our kids they can't watch something. And as a parent, I take responsibility by showing my kids why something isn't good... If you don't want to be a role model, get out of show business and stop making excuses for your bad behavior. Woman Up!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Jonathan

    Of course parents should take responsibility for their children and of course she should be allowed to make mistakes, but if she doesn't want the burden of being a role model, if she doesn't want to be so intensley scrutinized then get out of the spotlight. She (or her parents) have chosen to market her to the nth degree, asking girls to use her as a role model for fashion, for music, etc. If she doesn't want to be a role model in other aspects of her life, then walk away. Walk away from the fame. Walk away from the money. Walk away from the endorsements. If she does that, I promise you, two years from now no one will care what she does and whether or not she behaves like a role model.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  492. Laura

    Without Disney and Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus would most likely have never gotten famous. Tweens are her whole fanbase which should have been obvious to her when she signed with Disney in the beginning of her career. Now she's turning her backs in a sense on these girls who used to idolize her and who made her so rich and famous in the first place. I just think that if you don't want to be a role model, then what are you doing in the entertainment business? And as for "parents need to do more parenting" there is only so much they can do....how can you filter out things that your child sees/hears about at school or with friends?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  493. Daniel

    She's just softening the blow to everyone so we're not shocked when she gets into porn at age 18.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  494. B Smith

    Miley may not feel she is a role model for teenagers but she is. That comes with the millions she makes from teenagers buying her C.D.s
    and she does have a responsibility not to act like a slut in front of them. Hopefully Miley does`nt follow Brittneys path from a virginal teenage singer to a ho bag, all for the sake of attention and selling C.D.s. My issue is with the fact that certain entertainers want to put out shocking material in order to sell themselves, but then want to absolve themselves of any responsibility for it. They don`t mind collecting money from their young fans, but don`t want to be role models. It`s called trying to have your cake and eat it too.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  495. John Doe Too

    Perhaps she should specify that she no longer wishes to be a role model for anyone under the age of 17. It would be extremely difficult for a 17 year old to be a practical role model for the 12 to 16 year old group.

    Is this getting any more clear for you? She's growing up. She doesn't want to be 14 years old forever.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  496. Melissa

    1. That was no pole dance. Ive seen more offensive moves at a high school pep rally. Standing on a box hold on to pole does not translate to a pole dance.

    2. I would be more concerned if my child knew what a pole dance was.

    Not really a Miley fan. My girls dont really like her either, but give the girl a break.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  497. Lee

    This article just reflects her apparent stupidity. Figure WHAT out herself? Modesty is not something that is figured out, it is a known. She knew what was right, and didn't do it.
    Even though it isn't fair that we are "expecting too much" of her, it doesn't matter, tough beans. You make millions each year off of young children's parents, you are going to be a role model regardless if you are a good one or not.
    What's troublesome is that America is driving young (female) stars to do this. Yes, sex sells, but when does it become pedaphilic?

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  498. Wino

    Annie Leibovitz needs more of this to save her financial ass. There should be a photographic version of "Save Annie Leibovitz" celeb drive.
    Otherwise she might end being the most photography knowledge person on the streets of Europe besides the winos to take pictures with.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  499. lance green

    Blame the parents, not the artist.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  500. mtsteree

    No parents I know of expect her to be some kind of role model. We are not impressed, and neither are our kids.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  501. Leeko

    Parents are the ones that need to take responsibility.

    And Nickolodeon needs to get a clue...show ing a pole dancer at an awards show.

    Idiots.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  502. Leslie

    She's just making excuses for herself so she can act however she wants and not pay consequences.

    She's a liar. She's the one acting like the deer in headlights when those pictures first came out of her wrapped up in sheets...saying she had no idea...blah blah blah. Now she is acting fully aware of her actions and is being defensive.

    People are so gullible.

    By the way..she can't sing...She won't go any further than entertaining preteen girls.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Cathy Buttell

    Jane has the right idea...by asking for success, you have to accept what comes with it , which means being a role model to the kids who watch you (you can't have the 'best of both worlds'!).

    As for me, I guess I'll do the responsible 'parent thing' by making sure my kids don't get exposed to the kind of behavior that Miley thinks is her right (even though she is still underage and under contract with Disney); so I guess that means no more buying Miley/Hannah Montana products, CDs, or watching her on TV. There are plenty of other girls that my kids can enjoy, that I think are much better role models : Selena Gomez, Demi Lavato and Taylor Swift to name a few..

    Enjoy your life Miley, but don't be surprised when people stop buying into your success.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  504. angelina

    you should not stop being a singer because you are a great person

    January 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  505. David

    Maybe instead of making stupid comments about being a role model, you should learn to sing.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  506. Adam

    That's probably the most responsible thing that Miley ever said in her life.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  507. ...b

    she didnt portray herself as a role model Disney did.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  508. ryan

    Lex,
    Congrats! You've helped to restore my hope in your generation.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  509. ...b

    if you dont like the way she acts dont buy her merchandise. parents dont like the way she is living dont let your kids listen to her music go to her concerts. everyone is responsible for themselves. its this idiotic worshipping of celebs is whats wrong with this country.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  510. Andy

    Oh, and to CSS:

    You have a very strange idea of "creative work." These days all you need to do is take off your clothes and show "moxie" in order to be considered creative. It used to require a bit more than that, like, oh, I dunno, originality and hard work. Miley Cyrus was invented in a smoke filled room in the Disney corporation carefully designed to make as much money as possible. She is about as creative as a balogna sandwich.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Joe

    Never fear, she'll be the next Disney spawn to swing around the pole...for real.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  512. Anon

    I am really sick of hearing about this no-talent bimbo. Must be a VERY slow news day.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  513. lisa

    This is a girl who made billions of dollars from promoting herself as a role model for teens everywhere. To now say that she no longer wants to play that part is pathetic. So go ahead, Britney #2, our kids will find another young star to aspire to be like. I just wish I hadn't spent my hard earned cash on your concerts, movies and merchandise for my impressionable young girls. Shame on you. Now go get another tatoo!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  514. Andy

    Since when were "posting explicit pictures to her MySpace page or performing a pole dance" considered typical teenage behavior? If that's her idea of how typical teens act, then thank God at least she's no role model to my kids. It's interesting how these wholesome Disney boppers grow up to be such a mess.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Lex

    Miley Cyrus is a flippin idiot and her parents should never allow her to get away with the stuff she pulls. I don't think SHE should even allow herself to wear the shortest shorts ever with her bra visible through the front and back. I'm seventeen too and I have more decency than she does. Just because she is young is absolutely not an excuse to be so flippant. I guess being famous is just a more global version of highschool, and there has always got to be a slut of the group.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  516. Gina

    Oh oh, sounds like Miley is going to go down Britney's path. Britney did the same thing saying she doesn't want to be a role model right before she did raunchy magazine spreads, and well...we know the rest. Miley might be successful because of today's teenagers, but I don't think she's very talented – as a singer, she's mediocre. Definitely not like Taylor Swift; and at 20 years old, Taylor is a much better role model than 17-year old Miley!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  517. dee

    If anyone really took a good look at the 'racy' picture of Miley Cyrus, it was actually a rip-off of the young curly headed girl used to promote 'Les Miserable' FOR YEARS on Broadway and around the nation, and there wasn't any noise about it–even though it was a much younger (than Miley!) girl. So, this is one greatgrandmotherlyage woman who says just get off her back.
    We have such double standards–many of the same girls who love to watch Miley are allowed to watch the older and more sexually explicit pop stars in videos and on tv...so why complain about a 'still' in a fashion mag? I do agree that it's the negativity of the press and the populace...

    January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  518. Indiana Pagan

    I've never been a fan of Ms. Cyrus's, but–WOW–now I actually have some respect for her. I have a teenage son, and a pre-teen step-son; I could not agree with Miley more that it is not her place to parent the public's kids.

    My son is not perfect–but who is? But I don't expect Miley Cyrus, Angelina Jolie, or any other celebrity (male or female) to alter their personal lives so that I don't have to exercise any parenting skills.

    You know, Miley, I might just listen to some of your songs now, and stop flipping the channel when anything to do with you comes on.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Elizabeth

    With the kind of career this kid has, she has the audacity to state she's not responsible for her behavior on stage or in the public eye??? What a load of crock!!!! She's loaded because of the career Disney provided & Disney means family entertainment Smiley Miley!!!
    And its so funny how she says she wants parents to take more responsibility for parenting their own children. I guess that doesn't apply Miley's own parents right??? Oh wait a minute, that would effect her parents allowence so why would they even bother putting their foot down on the hand that feeds them? Just shut-up Miley Please!!!! Your words are insulting our intelligence.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  520. Dave

    This is her signal that she is going to get more sleazy in the next few year and capitalize on the wild girl image like Britney, Christina, Lindsey, etc. have done before.

    She right shes no role model. In fact shes a very bad role model. I saw photos of her at an event this year when she was 16 wearing fishnet stockings, she looked like a little prostitute. Then she does the pole dance thing like a common stripper. Dating an adult man?

    But she SHOULD be a role model working for Disney. Their entire network is built on a wholesome moral image. Millions of kids look up to her and she is getting paid to make them look up to her. If she don't want to be a role model she should stop taking money to influence kids.

    All kids or child stars do NOT do what she does. Right off the top of my head I can say neither Natalie Portman nor Jessica Alba ever acted sleazy when they were teen stars. I never saw her Disney friends Ashley Tisdale or Selina Gomez acting like an ass. Taylor Swift is always classy.

    The problem here is she has bad parents who are exploiting her. They set no boundaries. She can do whatever she wants because the publicity is good. She thinks shes some rock star so she tries to act like one. Miley an average singer at best and she knows it. If she turns out to be a reasonably pretty adult she will just take the sleazy controversial route to the bank. Her plan is so obvious, she will lip sync and gyrate her way to millions, just like Britney.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  521. Jay

    Miley is right. It is a parent's responsibility to raise their kids and provide with role models.

    I remember when I was a kid, Charles Barkley said the same thing in response to criticism that he wasn't being a good role model to kids. He didn't have to. The only kids he needed to worry about were his own.

    Parents: Do you not like what your kids see on MTV? Set up the parental controls. Monitor what they do on the internet.

    And I always hear parents say they don't have time to monitor their kids. I'm sorry, but that is your responsibility. Not some girl who lives in California and make s a living as an entertainer.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  522. Susalis

    Miley makes no money from me, my kids don't know who she is and have never been exposed to her. Shame on her parents for clapping along as she struts on a stripper pole (hey, I read the news!) and allow their 9 year old daughter to dress like a prostitute for Hallowe'en. The amount of parents who use Hallowe'en as an excuse to giggle as their little girls dress like tramps is astounding. Set standards high for your kids, they'll reach 'em. Set them low...One more thing – why should we parents be grateful that our 16 year olds are not drug addicts or pregnant? I expect them not to be, and a lot more. We have dumbed our kids down so much that being able to speak in coherent sentences and not being a teenage mother is all many over want for our kids. Miley is Britney, just a bit younger. She doesn't want to be a role model which is a good thing, because she is not.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  523. moosey

    Fame is a game and you have to know how to play it. Agreed that Miley is not responsable for the personal actions of anyone-parent or child. But she does however have a tremendous amount of influence on young people by what she does- and that carries a substantial amount of responsability whether she likes it or not. That's all part of the fame game. You cannot have one with out the other and many celebraties need to clue into that notion. We live in an age where the media is huge influence and the lens is always watching. If you choose the live your life in the spotlight you choose to deal with everything that comes with that, not just the good stuff.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  524. Mom of your #1 fan

    Miley,

    My seven year old views you as a role model. She happened to looks a lot like you when you wear your wig. She wanted, and received a guitar for Christmas and has most of your CDS and sings your songs. She watches your shows regularly.

    Thanks you for dressing decent on stage and, so far, being a good role model for my little girl. She did not see th pole dance. I know you just want to have fun and get a little crazy at times, but please remember that it is little girls like her that made you the star you are today and what you do and how you act makes an impact on what she sees as appropriate behavior. I try to be a good parent, but I also don’t want to isolate her from TV and the world.

    Miley, if you could just wait a few years before you start getting crazy it would help a whole generation of young girls – please.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  525. Blackgirl

    I agree with Miley, people should make sure that their children look up to them and not a rich and famous child. Miley is a young woman who still has to find herself how in the heck is she supposed to be a role model to the public's children. Give these stars and athletes a break, they are not who your children should be looking up to and if so PARENTS need to check their parenting!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  526. Laura

    Miley you arent a role model your a joke!!!!! you cant sing dance or act so just quit already

    January 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  527. Mike G

    Typical of teenagers of this generation....

    "Hey look, I am mature enough to pole dance on TV in front of kids who look up to me, post MATURE pictues of myself, date much older guys, just produced a brittney style raunchy music video......but it isn't my fault they see me as a role model...sure it has nothing to do with me being rich via there $$$....I am still figuring it out....I do whatever the h$@% I want, and I shouldn't have any consequences..."

    Mature enough to make these comments but not able live up to her actions?

    American teenagers are following in her irresponsible footsteps...

    January 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  528. Jane

    She's worked very hard and has been blessed beyond belief. She has a moral obligation to pay it forward, and be her best for the young girls who purchased her lunch boxes, CD's and watched her tv show and movies.... if she thinks she's not a role model she's fooling herself. Those girls parents and their wallets got her to where she is today. if the parents refused to let their girls watch her, go to her concerts, and get rid of the tv sets Miley would be WHERE??? Come Miley GROW UP!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  529. IMHO

    The first thing to realize is, she is who she is. And if that doesn't match up with the media persona manufactured by her employers to attract the bubble-gum set audience they want to sell to their advertisers — tough. But, by the same token, if the disconnect eventually costs them advertising revenue and her a gig, then she'll just have to deal with that won't she? That's show business and she's a big girl now.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  530. bweeks

    Miley, is right, she is first a teenager her self and learning as she goes. Second, she is an entertainer . Third, she should not have to be a role model for your children, you parents should be. If you are parents.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  531. v

    parents are the only role models..try being a good one

    January 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  532. Sally

    Miley honey, you are sooooooo right! You are NOT a good role model for young girls. The obsession that kids have with the products you endorse and promote is absolutely ridicules. It would be nice if parents engaged their children in activities that would
    enrich their life and minds. Rather than watching a young teenage girl act inappropriately on stage and her personal life. BUT THEN again if that occurred your parents, Miley, wouldn't have made MILLIONS of Dollars by promoting and pushing their daughter in to "show business". Because after all its not about other people kids, its about self-promotion and self indulgence.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  533. Ben

    NEWSFLASH!!! If you don't want your kids emulating Miley Cyrus, if you don't think she is a good role model because she pole dances on national television and posts explicit pictures of herself on her website, and if you that Miley Cyrus has a responsibility to be a good example for all those kids out there that she has milked for hundreds of millions of dollars for the past several years and she is not doing it... THEN STOP GIVING HER YOUR MONEY! Don't let your kids watch her show, don't let your kids go to her concerts, and don't let your kids buy her stupid CDs. The only way she is able to influence your kids is if she is making money and they only way she is making money is if YOU or YOUR KIDS are giving it to her. SO JUST STOP! Problem solved.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  534. John Doe

    with great power comes with great responsibillty

    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  535. Eric

    I think Ms. Cyrus is missing the point. She's right that it's her life to live and she's entitled to do with it as she likes. And she's right that it is up to parents to parent their children.

    But the way many parents choose to parent their children is to keep them away from bad examples or, when that isn't possible, to point out why certain people are bad examples.

    When Ms. Cyrus chose to behave in a way many parents thought made her a good example, those parents responded by supporting their kids' infatuation with her. Ms. Cyrus doesn't have to continue to behave that way, but she should expect some parents to respond by encouraging their kids to watch other performers and/or by using Ms. Cyrus as a bad example rather than a good one.

    In other words, she's free to do as she likes, but actions have consequences.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  536. not-a-fan

    I am not a fan of Miss Myley... but she is a teenager one. two she is loaded and she is loaded. so why not have fun when you are rich famous and young. but the photo shoots I am not to thriled about. she is not fasion all like that. but then agian it is a clebes world not a models world any more... sad... go myley!!!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  537. Samuel

    Regardless of what any person in the movie, music, or sports industry has to say, they are role models. The issue is whether they are good role models or poor role models. A person's fan base is who they are a role model to.

    If someone does not want to be seen as a role model, they need to stay out of the industry.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  538. guesa\t

    welcome to the rea world baby! as long as you are in the spotight making sick bank, you are a role model.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  539. Sherwood

    Thanks Miley for being honest. It's not Miley's fault that others make
    bad decisions. Parents should come alongside their pop culture
    influenced children and help their kids make better choices. Miley
    is one of the better role models if you can call her that. Very Normal.
    I'm glad Miley has friends like Taylor Swift. There is some wiggle
    room between public expectations and growing up with freedom to
    make choices that suit yourself. Miley isn't a slave to anybody or
    anything. She doesn't belong in the penalty box for misconduct. She's
    a first line player we need on the ice scoring hits in music. Rock On!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  540. Daniel

    Miley can do whatever she wants. If she wants to be a whore, she can be a whore, she just shouldn't expect to make as much money or get invited to host and sing at every big event in the country. If Tiger wants to be a man-whore, he can be a man-whore, and watch his million dollar endorsements disappear one after another.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  541. Linda

    Miley who? The attention this girl gets for little to no talent is astounding. I did enjoy her comedic timing on the earlier Hannah Montana shows, but as a musician? Nope. Taylor Swift has that ball and is running with it – without the benefit of a single pole dance or topless photo shoot. What are MILEY'S parents thinking? The almighty dollar (and a semi-resurected career for Billy Ray) call all the shots.

    Enjoy it, Miley. Your days as a has-been are soon to be upon you – but your photos will live on into eternity on the computers of horney, sweaty 50'ish men worldwide. Explain that to your thirteen year old daughter in about, oh, fourteen years.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  542. Sarah

    I'm a teenager, and no one I know pole dances. And yes, there is a very small minority of teen girls who post explicit pictures on the internet, but many of you are completely overestimatiing how many girls do this. And if your kid is one of the minority, then it's their own fault. They are old enough to know that it's stupid without their parents or Miley Cyrus telling them.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  543. Jeff

    No actor, singer, sports professional should ever be a childs only role model. Admire the good things, point out what someone does that's good, don't hang on their every move, explain that no one is perfect and just admire whats good. Miley is a beautiful, talented, singer, actress – who works hard and entertains people. She is also growing up. People are way too hard on her.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  544. Barbara

    i watched the pole-dance that everyone is so fascinated with, and i saw nothing wrong with it she was on there for less than five minutes, leave the girl alone i am a mom and an aunt, and i am sorry but you cannot put all the blame on celebrities when it comes to how your kids act, if you want respect out of your kids, and you want them to grow up to be respectable adults then do what any normal thinking parent would do, and teach them, know where they are and who they are with, then you avoid the problem of them getting pregnant.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  545. Kathy

    I swear i don't get what the big deal is about this girl. She can't sing – you can barely hear her for all the crap that is trying to drown her out. She's not a good actress – she's playing to kids – adults know she is a no-talent. She's definitely not pretty. What is it??

    Maybe she'll drop off the face of the earth like her dad did and we won't have to hear from her until her kids "make it big". I just don't get it!!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  546. Ryan K

    The question shouldn't be about her being a role model, it's what kind of role models are parents being?
    As a parent you are your child's hero right from the get go. Whether he or she continues to look at you that way as they grow older is completely on you. We need to stop trying to be our kids' best friend and start being their parents again.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  547. Tigress

    Miley is a soul-less, narcissistic brat. What's sad is that Disney has made this little twit into a star. She hasn't a talented cell in her body. All she and the clan care about is $$$.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  548. ryan

    I agree Parents should raise their own kids, so why don't her parents stop her from displaying explicit photos of herself on the internet? Or pole dancing? or taking creepy, nude photos for Vanity Fair?

    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  549. David Daniel, CNN Entertainment Senior Producer

    Re: Suzy Q's story... point made, and counterpoint made repeatedly. Let's move on. Thanks.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  550. Merry

    @Matt,

    I couldn't agree with you more. My kids always knew what was expected of them and we weren't perfect by any means as parents. I'm sure you already know how much your parents love you, it shows in your statement.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  551. Danielle Cottrell

    Okay when she became "Hannah" she was like 10 years old. She did not know what she was getting into. PARENTS NEED TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, AND STOP BLAMING ANOTHER CHILD FOR THEIR MISTAKES. bottom line. Being the age she is, she will be attracting younger children and yes they will look up to her, but she never asked for that. If you dont want your kids to look up to her bc you think she is a "bad role model" dont let your kids watch her. Get over it, she is a child herself!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  552. CurlySue

    Good Lord. This kid should just go away. Far far away...

    January 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  553. Tanya

    I never thought Mylie was a role model for kids. She is a good singer yes, but a role model would have never danced on a pole, etc. She needs to get out of the spotlight a little and be a kid herself. Let her find herself. Then maybe she can be a better role model, like Taylor Swift is to the tweens and teens.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  554. Trisha

    Whether she wants to be one or not, the fact is she is a role model. When you choose to be in the spotlight that is a responsibility you take on. I'm sorry most teenagers do not dress like they are 21 and they most certainly do not do pole dances!!! That in itself is inappropiate. The picture of her in Vanity Fair was not only inappropiate but it wasn't a good picture of her anyway! She sure isn't complaining when she takes all her money to the bank.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  555. bill

    In regard to SuzyQ, i hope your comments were in jest, however, if not, what a pathetic attitude. I see it everyday at work. if your 15 year old daughter gets pregnant, IT IS HER FAULT ONLY, NO ONE ELSES, PERIOD. Unless, of course, she was raped.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Buck

    Ladies and Gentleman, may I present Britney Spears v2.0. Two years from now Disney will be letting her go and bringing in the next crop. The sad truth is that the media will never let her go until she's settled down (see Ashlee Simpson). Good luck to her, it's an uphill battle from here.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  557. Parenturkids

    @Suzy Q

    If your daughter saw something and copied it and then engaged a boy in intercourse because he saw it and liked it and she ended up pregnant that is Not anyones fault but YOURS!
    If your daughter saw someone jump off a bridge would she go to the nearest one and jump? And if she did is it not YOUR job to have taught YOUR kid to not do what others do – to do what is right?!

    You are the one who should be sued for not teaching your kid 1. About what to post and not post on the internet 2. That just because a boy shows interest does not mean u should sleep with him and 3. That intercourse can = kids and what that responsibility is. My mom did. And I am teaching that to my son!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  558. Nancy

    Come on Suzy Q. Why weren't you checking up on what Brenda was putting on her web page? Where were you when they had sex? Don't you know who your daughter's friends are and how they met? Why didn't you talk about sex and protection with Brenda? Where are the boy's parents? My daughters are not allow to have any social network page without my approval AND me being their friend. So I check regularly as to what they are posting and have them remove or change anything I am not comfortable with. As Miley says, parents should be responsible for their kids - not Miley. So YOU need to be the adult and take responsiblity for your child, or you may find yourself be a great-grandmother before you're 50.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  559. Kathy

    She can give back the fame and fortune so then she can just be a regular teenager! Once she accepts the Disney Role she became a "role model" whatever that means in Holywood--pole dancing and all!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  560. Ken

    In some ways she is right. Parents need to be more responsible for their kids. That being said she is banned from our house. She is not a good role model for any child and there are better people to look up to. If she does not want the pressure of being a role model than she shouldn't be in the spot light. When you are in the spot light people naturally look up to you. And the last time I checked pole dancing was not a typical teenage behavior but that of a stripper. Thanks for setting the record straight Miley.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  561. Bucket O'Bits

    What a cop-out. OF COURSE Miley is a role model. OF COURSE girls watch her every move and look to emulate her behavior. It doesn't matter whether she likes it or not, or whether it's "fair" or not–that just goes with the territory when you're an idol for tweens (tweens who, I should add, have lined Miley's pockets nicely).

    I can't conceive of being in Miley's shoes and not feeling a moral obligation to do my best to set a good example for the girls and young women I knew were watching me.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  562. brett

    Sorry SuzyQ, of all the people listed in your story, Miley is the least responsible for that baby. Your even mentioning the legal system is absolutely ridiculous.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  563. craig

    good parenting will overcome most anything they see or hear outside the family unit. bad parents finger point.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  564. tidho

    That's all sounds good, but sorry Miley there are some responsibilities that come with all that cash you've collected.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  565. @Suzy Q

    Suzy Q, I think before you sue Miley Cyrus, you should think about suing the person in the mirror.

    If your daughter is so willing to dump you as a role model for Hanna Montana, perhaps there were a few respect issues you failed to instill as a parent.

    Then again, please sue. I'd LOVE to see THAT headline on CNN.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  566. megan

    I remember that same girl on Oprah just a few years ago when she first stared her career. She talked about how excited she is to be a role model to these young girls and how they make her who she is. Pretty funny how she wanted to be the perfect little role model to all these little girls while they make her millions. Then all of a sudden she is like oh i just want to be a normal teenager who does normal things. Shoot my parents to this day would still beat my butt if I poses for pictures the way she did or danced on a pole like a darn hooker!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  567. KBL

    @Jane – I agree totally. She is plastered all over the place, and she's made a conscious choices to put herself 'out there' with racy photos on myspace, etc. Other teen stars like Miranda Cosgrove haven't done that...which is why I dismiss Miley Cyrus to my two young daughters. I don't take her seriously, so neither do they. Of course, they're 4 and 7.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  568. Matt

    It doesn't matter if she's plastered all over. Parents may not be able to stop their kids from seeing her, but they can stop their kids from emulating her by basic parenting. Parents are incredibly lazy as they look for Tiger Woods or Mily Cyrus or the public schools to raise their kids. My parents made it clear what they expected of me and they were consistant no matter how much I whined about it. They didn't give in to try and be cool or be my friends, they were my parents. I didn't like it at the time, but it paid off. They weren't perfect, but they showed up and they did their best. If more parents did that, then it wouldn't matter if their kids listened to Mily Cyrus or Eminem or played Grand Theft Auto because the kids would know how to make better choices regardless.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  569. Nic

    She is right about everything she said. How is she supposed to "control" her actions when she is the growing up herself?
    Don't blame everyone else for your lack of parenting skills. Especially putting the blame on a teen! LOL Really, let her grow up. And to ask her to step out of the spot light??? No one has the right to ask anyone to step down from their dream because others don't want to take responsibility for their children's actions. Shame on you for even suggesting that. I am not a fan of Miley and she annoys me, to be honest, but she is free to live how she wants. She is a smart girl and she could not have expressed her concerns in this magazine any better. Well done Miley.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  570. Suzy Q

    1. My 15 year old daughter Brenda sees a sexy picture of Miley Cyrus on her webpage

    2. My daughter emulates the sexy picture on her own page

    3. A teen boy sees Brenda's picture, thinks its sexy, and contacts her

    4. My daughter and the boy have sex and she gets pregnant

    Thank you Miley Cyrus for making me a 35 year old grandma!

    I should sue.

    January 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms Dee

      Don't blame Miley, blame that on yourself. Your 15 daugther not Miley 15yr old daughter ( key word for the day) you're the mom, stop letting tv, internet raise your daugther..and sit down and have that conversation, cause somewhere you forgot to have that conversation. Believe me my kids 18 daughter and twin boys 16 ( knows the difference between reality and rock star status)my kids know Miley makes mistake all teens do, hell we all did.. so don't put the blame on her cause your daugther knocked up... WHERE was you at??

      September 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • blame yourself

      It's no wonder you want to blame Miley... you can't admit that you have contributed to this horrible mistake way more than a disney star could ever have contributed...

      You are a 35 year old grandma... which means you had her at 20... not even done with college yet... GREAT JOB.

      February 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  571. tony

    I'm really glad Miley came out and declared she is not a "role model". I never would have figured that out myself! One piece of good advice she gave was: "parents to take more responsibility for parenting their own children." Actually she have said: "parents are responsible for parenting their own children". NEWSFLASH to all parents: YOU need to minitor and decide what YOUR children watch/do/listen to/say. It is not the responsibility of society to sanitize iteslf because YOU are too lazy to properly parent YOUR offspring!

    January 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  572. CSS

    I say let the girl fly. She's doing what she does best and her passion for her creative work shows. It's hard work in show biz, but creativity should not have it's limitations and boundries. I've seen some of her work, she's got moxy and living her teenage life. If you think pole dancing is not conducted by teenage girls these days – Oh my – we live in a world of the blind.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  573. Holly

    Choosing to be a Disney star makes you a role model. If you didn't want that title, you should have been on MTV. The avenue she chose to fame is what led people to make judgements about her. She shouldn't be Hannah Montana pole dancing, taking nude photos (no matter who the photographer is), and posting inappropriate photos of herself! HER parents are the parents who should be parenting here!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lu lu

      Last response on subject...If you are not physically there you have no right to judge....believe me, things can be manupilated so you see and hear only what you want too. Lesson learned on judgement...no one but I will truly know the truth...but if you look into my eyes and heart thats all it would take, if not get visine it clears the eyes greatly.....
      solo

      July 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • kimmie

      thank goodness someone thinks this. being a teenager, i know no one who would dance on a pole, let alone be stupid enough to put it online. when sign onto a brand that huge with such a devoted young fan base, one cant possibly be expected to not be seen as a role model. it makes me so sad to see my younger cousins idolize someone who obviously has been manipulated so much. miley must not have had good "role models" for herself as a child. oh well, in a few years she'l just be another brittney spears...

      February 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      I agree with you all the way

      February 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  574. Danielle Cottrell

    I compeltly agree that she should be able to live the life she wants and I also believe that parents should take more responsibility for their own children instead of blaming her. My goodness she is only 17, she is a child herself!!

    January 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  575. Alzaetia

    @Danika
    Not all teen girls post pics, but many do. This has been happening long before Miley first did it.
    While I agree that she shouldn't be posting naughty pics of herself on the web, the people who should be telling her that are her parents, not all of America.
    And the main concern should be the damage she's doing to herself, not the damage she might be doing to everybody else's daughters.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  576. Vilma Parr

    Hello:
    Im with her all the way. Just leave her alone. She's a good singer.and she's learning about like right now.
    I have a 10 year old and I have not experience any problem. She
    used to love Hanna Montana and now she loves Miley and Taylor Swift, and tomorrow could be someone else.
    Just life. Let Miley lives her life.

    Vilma

    January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • lu lu

      Thanks for the response...but on the other hand since i was thrust into the light that i didnt ask for i do feel some sense of obligation to set a good role model...but parents need to monitor what they want their own kids watching too...its a crazy world and many different opinions which all count ...agreed with or not....
      solo

      July 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  577. Danika M.

    I am serious. I am one of these teenagers and I do see explicit pictures sometimes but I don't think it's true that most of them do.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  578. Rob

    Are you serious Danika? When was the last time you were on facebook or myspace? Maybe not all teenagers post explicit pictures, but most do

    January 6, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  579. Danika M.

    Although I agree that parents should be parenting their own kids, not all teenagers post explicit pictures of themselves on the internet or pole dance. Whether she's a star or not, she shouldn't be doing either of those things.

    January 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  580. Jane

    Perhaps she's right except she's plastered all over tv, radio and magazines and that's what kids listen to, watch and want to be like....... Maybe she should get out of the spotlight for a bit...

    January 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |

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