This one we didn’t see coming. Miley Cyrus — former starlet from Hannah Montana and now full-time controversy raiser — is questioning Taylor Swift’s reputation as a role model.
Cyrus took a shot at Swift in the upcoming September issue of Marie Claire, criticizing Swift’s new revenge-themed, “violent” video Bad Blood. The video shows Swift and her celebrity gal pals in all-out combat while dressed in provocative outfits.
The criticism is especially amusing in this case because, well, it’s Miley Cyrus — a star who’s primary activity seems to be finding challenging new ways to take her clothes off in public, along with posting pictures of herself getting high online, and making a controversial public proclamations like saying she’s up for doing anything sexually with either sex as long as they’re of-age, and no animals are involved. Well, you have to have standards.
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Regarding the video, Cyrus told Marie Claire that she doesn’t understand the entire violence angle. The Party in the U.S.A. singer specifically hit Swift for her status as a “role model” in light of the video. Turning to the criticism that’s been lobbed at her for her own scandalous behavior, she denies that running around with her chest out is worse than a video glorifying guns.
“I don’t get the violence revenge thing,” the actress said. “That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”
While it’s not the most eloquent way to put it, Cyrus’ criticism strikes at a deeper issue about sex versus violence in American culture, specifically when it comes to censors, who have come under criticism from Hollywood insiders like American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy for being lax on violence, and extremely strict when it comes to sexual imagery of any kind.
In the video above, Swift and friends also use other means to wreak havoc besides guns, including swords and good, old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat. Swift has yet to officially comment on Cyrus’ comments.
Cyrus is due to host the 2015 MTV VMAs later this month, so her comments could also be seen as a tactic to drum up publicity for her hosting duties. According to Hollywood Life, though, Swift is terrified of confronting Cyrus at the VMAs.
The VMAs air on August 30 on MTV, so it should be very interesting to see the two pop starlets interact in light of Cyrus’ criticism. In Swift’s bizarro world of celebrity interaction, maybe Kanye will come to her defense? We’ll find out soon enough.