Wrecking Ball: Our Reactions
If you haven’t seen Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball music video yet I’ll assume you either live under a rock or you haven’t discovered social media… in which case, you probably live under a rock anyway. Miley Cyrus is probably one of the most talked about people on the planet right now along with Bashar al-Assad, which is incredible and also slightly disturbing at the same time. When it comes to people’s opinions of her video, the views are mixed, however undoubtedly skewed in the direction of ‘what a skank’ – which is what I’m going to talk about in this post. Personally, I loved the video. I thought it was artistic (although I’m not Terry Richardson’s biggest fan) and appropriate for the song. I didn’t entirely enjoy the whole ‘making out with a sledge hammer’ part but, each to their own, it’s symbolic, I get it. What I find interesting, however, is the hype surrounding the video – especially the reasons it’s getting such a bad rap. Aside from everyone wondering why the fuck she was making out with a hammer, the nudity in the video is what’s getting the most attention – just google the title and you’ll find dozens of articles written about the atrocity of Miley Cyrus baring her naked body to the world. And I have to wonder; why? Because when we put it into perspective there really is little that makes a naked Miley Cyrus, in the context of this song, skanky.
I’ll use Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ as an example of why it’s so disturbing that Wrecking Ball is getting wrecked (ooh look at me) for its racy content. Thicke’s video, although it did get a lot of criticism (mainly from women, mind), received a comparatively tame response considering its content. The video features, just as Wrecking Ball does, naked women. So why is it that when Robin Thicke has naked girls in his music video, essentially acting as props, its no big deal to anyone except the more feminist-minded of us; but when Miley Cyrus is choosing to be naked in her own music video, she gets berated by both men and women alike?
Personally, the only real reason I can see behind this is that it’s somehow more threatening to society’s entity for a woman to be in charge of her own body and sexuality, without the motivation of a man, than it is threatening for a man to be in charge of a woman’s body and sexuality. I’m not saying that Blurred Lines depicts its producers as being in charge of the women in their video, but the naked women in that video are there for the sole purpose of being attractive and sexualised – which is disturbingly more socially acceptable than the idea that a woman’s naked body can represent something else, in this case vulnerability.
Wrecking Ball is about so much more than nudity – nudity is merely symbolic of the emotions Miley has poured into the song and, while people might find it inappropriate that she has included this in the video, I think that what’s even more sickening than a naked body in the media is the judgements people make about it subconsciously. Misogyny is a strong word, and it traditionally refers to men hating women, but I truly believe that a frightening number of both males and females are subliminally sexist – particularly when it comes to a woman’s body, whether it be sporting a burka, a pair of booty shorts or nothing at all. Feminism today, I believe, has changed its course; although in many countries it still deals with oppressive laws and beliefs similar to those of America or Europe in the 1900s, feminism in the developed world is slightly indistinguishable; it is no longer primarily about laws but about how women are perceived and how they are subsequently treated. And we can’t begin to solve the issue of feminism today without first questioning our own morals – so, think before you speak and don’t be so quick to judge someone for their actions without first putting them into perspective.
Ok, rant over. If you made it to here then I love love love you, also you might as well comment sharing your thoughts! (: Talk to you lot soon xox