Thursday, December 05, 2013
Miley Cyrus and Domestic Vyrus (Deconstructing Mylie)
You don't have to go far in the deconstruction (Ha!) of "Wrecking Ball" to get to the core message of its message as stated quite overtly in "I am sorry I got angry when you forced sex on me."
Rape is OK.
Fair enough. In this case at least. She claims that she over-reacted and is really sorry. She started it, right? Maybe he thought, "Don't! Stop!" was actually "Don't stop!" and, later, in hospital, she didn't understand. Hey, it happens sometimes. We all get a bit miffed at something relatively minor and we let fly with a sarcastic comment that can hurt someone's feeling. It seems that this 'surprise sex' episode just tipped over the scales and she did things she didn't mean to do, viz: come in like a WB and start a war.
I mean, it's not as if rape is a serious offence, universally condemned as a rule (at least in the West), a power play of sex and violence, punishable with a range of severe penalties according to where you are in the world. Well... yes it is.
Um, most of us would consider rape to be one of the worst things that a person could inflict upon another, but not Miley. She sees it differently, at least in this case. All this guy ever did was rape her. That's all.
But does she mean "all you ever did" in the sense of "that's what you did that one time and it wasn't that bad, really. Hey I probably deserved for not getting dressed in the morning and wearing my underwear around the house all day like a lazy slut."
Or was it in the same sense as, "all you ever do sit around playing on that stupid PS3 and you never lift a hand with the domestic chores!"? That would mean that, for the bf/hubby, rape was (like it was for Arnie the killing machine in The Terminator) "all he does." One can legitimately wonder therefore, is ray-ay-ya-yape an habitual state of affairs in the Miley Cyrus household? Domestic violence a Cyrus family virus?
I haven't put the uncut video up here as, a) you've all seen it, and b) I don't want to encourage young kids to sit un-hygenically* naked on wrecking balls, and to risk getting some oral or gastro-intestinal bug from the licking of sledge-hammers. ("She really likes that hammer!" commented Ellen Degeneres, which I thought was funny, and who also criticised her for not wearing appropriate safety gear as the eponymous wrecking ball smashed through the wall behind our typically under-dressed pop star.)
Another interpretation could be that this is not a disgusting display of misogyny, exploitation, and perverted moral values with a great thumping, sing-along chorus. It is, rather a wry social comment on a contentious international political situation: the alleged rapist under the spotlight could be Julian Assange, and Mylie might represent one (or both) of the Swedish girls who have accused him of failing to wear a condom in a safety zone (hence the construction site metaphor).
Don't you walk away! Come back Julian, all is forgiven!
* chlamydia in koala bears, a real issue. One theory was that it is sprea d by the doped-up females sleeping splay-legged in the forks of tree where another (also stoned on eucalyptus leaves) koala bear has kipped.