“Girls are immediately going to say, ‘Oh, she’s trying to sell sex.’ Well, I love Zac Efron, but what’s he selling? He’s gorgeous, he’s hot, I don’t go see his movie because I’m like, ‘He’s such a fantastic actor.’ He’s a great actor, but he’s hot. He’s just not in a leotard with his legs out. He has his shirt off. So what’s the difference? In ‘High School Musical’… he’s in basketball shorts and his cutoff tank top and all the girls are dying. It just isn’t as obvious when guys do it. I was on tour with the Jonas Brothers my first year and boy bands get away with a lot. For girls, it’s always going to be harder. That’s not an excuse, it just means we have to work harder.”
I'm not ashamed. I like Miley Cyrus. When her new album came out this summer my friend Sam and I gleefully ran out to Walmart and split the cost (sorry, Miley. We didn't download it illegally!), called it "Our Cy" (our clever play on the nickname, "Mi Cy"), and listened to it on repeat. (The album is fantastic.) I don't think she's a perfect role model, but I appreciate that she seems like a a very real 17 year old (... popstar-millionaire) who makes mistakes but apologizes for them later and is weird and crazy and very much herself.
PS: The Miley parody from SNL was perfect.