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Taylor & Miley Under Pressure: What Miley’s Divorce Statement and Taylor’s The Guardian Interview Say About Them

Two things came out this month that reinforced by belief that Miley Cyrus is brave, and Taylor Swift is not:

  1. Miley divorced Liam Hemsworth and defended herself on Instagram. u
  2. Taylor talked to a British newspaper about American politics.

First, the primary sources.  In the wake of cheating allegations, Miley took to Instagram and posted this defense.  Here are my favorite bits:

I have not only smoked, but advocated for weed, I’ve experimented with drugs, my biggest song to date is about dancing on molly and snorting lines in the bathroom.  I fucked up and cheated in relationships when I was young.  I lost a massive Walmart deal at 17 for ripping a bong.  I got kicked off Hotel Transylvania got buying Liam a penis cake for his birthday and licking it. There are probably more nudes of me on the Internet than any woman in history…. I’m not perfect, and I don’t want to be, it’s boring.  I have grown up in front of you, but the bottom line is, I HAVE GROWN UP.   You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking, foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar.  I am proud to say, I am simply in a different place from where I was when I was younger.

Taylor gave The Guardian, a British daily magazine, an exclusive interview about why she stayed quiet during the 2016 election.  You can read the full story here.

The medium is the message.  Taylor voiced her liberal political views in a country that already openly criticizes the Trump administration.  That alone seems like a safety net.  Here are some pulls:

“The 29-year-old songwriter said she began feeling conflicted about what the US stood for when ‘all the dirtiest tricks in the book were used and it worked’. 

Swift explained that after a period of personal turbulence in 2016, including her mother’s cancer relapse and a high-profile argument with the rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, she felt unable to be in the public eye.”

“I was just trying to protect my mental health – not read the news very much, go cast my vote, tell people to vote. I just knew what I could handle and I knew what I couldn’t. I was literally about to break.”

“She said her negative public image at the time made her feel “just useless. And maybe even like a hindrance”, adding that she felt “really remorseful for not saying anything”. She confirmed that she would otherwise have endorsed Hilary Clinton for president.” 

In short, Taylor cites personal struggles for her political absence, gives into her critics and uses 20/20 hindsight to say the right thing.

NOT BRAVE.

We’ll see what Swift actually does in 2020.  So far, she’s released a pandering video for LGTBQIA+ rights and promoted the shit out of her rainbow album.

Now, Taylor’s mom did have cancer.  That sucks.

But Miley Cyrus HOUSE BURNED DOWN AND SHE DIVORCED HER LOVE OF OVER A DECADE.

Personal struggles do not excuse spinelessness at a time like this.  Personal struggles are NOT an excuse for unwittingly becoming the poster girl for Trump’s America.  When you commit to the life of a high- profile celebrity, you surrender your ability to default on “personal struggles”.

Miley understands this.

“I can accept the life I’ve chosen means I must live completely open and transparent with my fans who I love, and the public, 100% of the time,” she wrote in her post.

Furthermore, Taylor Swift escaped to England.  Her level of wealth and fame literally gave her the ability to avoid America’s problems by NOT LIVING IN AMERICA.

I find it ironic that Taylor chose to leave the safe, warm bed of country music for the aggressive world of pop right when she needed country’s protection most.

I also find it ironic that Miley Cyrus, foul- mouthed hillbilly and raging liberal, seems to embody more Southern hospitality when dealing with the press than country darling Taylor Swift.  When Cyrus’ house burned down, she said, “I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong.”  Now THOSE are some family values.

I think Taylor should move back to America, go to college, genuinely befriend Miley Cyrus and support Elizabeth Warren in 2020.

But that’s just me.

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