Miley Cyrus‘ hired Britney Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph to make her into a sexy symbol, reports FOX NEWS. Was Cyrus intentionally put on the Spears path to pump some life into a sagging career? Her last album ‘Can’t Be Tamed,’ released in 2010, was considered a sales disappointment. Cyrus then focused on movies without huge success.
(Remember ‘So Undercover’ and ‘LOL’? Didn’t think so.) In 2012, Cyrus parted ways with longtime manager Jason Morey and brought Rudolph into the fold. The sexual comments, revealing outfits and bawdy behavior have been front and center ever since. Looking back, it was when Spears turned 20, Cyrus’ current age, that she also shed her sweetie pie skin and slithered with a snake on stage at the 2001 VMAs, igniting parental gasps worldwide.
A source connected to Rudolph says it would be a shock if it was Rudolph who took the ‘We Can’t Stop’ singer into her current twerking, foam fingered, sledgehammer licking territory. Multiple insiders also tell us that while Rudolph is on the payroll, its Cyrus who is behind the sexed up shift.
‘She just is a very sexual girl,’ one Cyrus insider said. ‘It’s all Miley.’
If Cyrus, who is worth a reported $150 million already — is indeed calling the sexual shots, nobody’s stopping her.
“Much as most average 20-year-olds don’t listen to their parents, I would venture this mega-star isn’t listening to anyone now either,” Ronn Torossian, CEO of New York firm 5WPR said. “I find it hard to believe that the over-sexualized image of Miley Cyrus is something which a member of her team is encouraging. Could anyone imagine the discussion between her and her staff where they are talking about what she should be doing with that oversized foam finger at the VMAs?”
Others argue that Cyrus is no longer a minor and capable of making her own decisions.
“Miley is still on an upswing, and in the public eye during a crucial time in her career,” insisted Jed Smith of Betafish Music.
And who knows, maybe it’s all working. Despite the negative reactions to her music video for “Wrecking Ball,” it obliterated the record for most video views in one day – held by One Direction – by over 8 million views.
“With over 19.3 million views across Vevo, Miley takes back the crown and sets a new Vevo record,” boasted her press release on Tuesday.
And while, as her manager, Rudolph is in charge of her career trajectory, he’s not the only middle-aged guy helping Cyrus. Her agent, Kevin Huvane, is one of Hollywood’s most powerful, boasting A-list talent including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Natalie Portman. And now controversial photographer Terry Richardson has been pulled into the mix. Richardson, who directed the scandalous video for “Wrecking Ball,” has been accused of inappropriately touching young models in the past, accusations which he had vehemently denied.
Plus Miley’s biggest fan may still be her dad, Billy Ray. Cyrus, who is still a board member of the Parents Television Council, – a conservative watchdog group that has been openly critical of young Cyrus – has opted for a little humor to accept the ever-evolving situation.
“Trying to type, tweet, twerk and ride a wrecking ball naked all at the same time while carrying a sledgehammer is proving difficult,” he tweeted. “Peace.”
Cyrus’ manager, agent and publicist did not respond to a request for comment.
The Guardian: Another day, another Miley Cyrus controversy. Last time it was twerking at the VMAs; this time it’s the video for her new song, Wrecking Ball (hypocrisy disclosure: scroll down and you can watch the clip I’m about to complain about across several hundred words). In said video you can see: Miley nude! Miley in her undies! Miley orally pleasuring a sledgehammer! Yes, you can watch – of all the sights in the world – Miley Cyrus simulating fellatio on something you’d find in a garden shed. What next? Selena Gomez giving a handjob to a strimmer?
I have a 13-year-old daughter, so Cyrus has been part of our family life since Hannah Montana launched on the Disney Channel in 2006. In company with my daughter, I’ve seen countless episodes of the TV show; I’ve seen the spinoff movie; I’ve seen the 3D concert film; I saw one of the five sold-out shows at the O2 in 2009.
Now Cyrus evidently wants to cast aside her crown as queen of the tweens, and she’s gone about it in the way that many young women who became famous very young have done: she’s embraced sexualisation. What’s startling about Cyrus’s journey is the extent of the embrace: the Wrecking Ball video doesn’t demonstrate a woman exploring her sexuality, it depicts a woman exploring the iconography of porn. That was inevitable once she chose the repulsive Terry Richardson – a man whose work gives the impression that he looks at a woman and can’t help seeing a blow-up sex doll – as director.
What disturbs me about Wrecking Ball isn’t the fear that my daughter will look at the video and decide to learn about sex from garden implements. After all, one reason tween stars have to reinvent themselves is that the tweens themselves move on so quickly – part of the journey into adolescence consists of casting aside childhood love. I’m sure she’ll be curious, and look at the video, but I also suspect she’ll be embarrassed by Wrecking Ball, rather than inspired by it. That said, I’m probably not alone among parents in dreading the likely question: “Why has she done this?”
That’s the more troubling aspect of Wrecking Ball. Maybe Cyrus has done this entirely of her own voliition. And it is certainly not my place, as a 44-year-old man, to pronounce on how 20-year-old women should display their sexuality. But whatever her reasons for making the video, Cyrus does send a message: that the best way for young women to be noticed is to sexually objectify themselves. And, in this case – sadly – it seems to have worked.
It’s now five past noon, and Wrecking Ball has had 14,453,182 views on YouTube. It’s added more than a million since I started writing this piece. I’m reminded of a line spoken by Ryan Gosling in the film Crazy Stupid Love: “The war between the sexes is over. We won the second women started doing pole dancing for exercise.
Even sadder, though, is that proof is out there that young women can be huge popular successes without turning themselves into sex toys for Terry Richardson. Cyrus didn’t have to go this way. Taylor Swift connects with a huge, young audience, and she does so through her songs and her personality, not by turning herself into – let’s not put too fine a point on this – a wank fantasy. Ditto Kacey Musgraves, reaching No2 in the US album charts with her fantastic record Same Trailer Different Park.
So, as a parent, I can’t help but be glad that my daughter’s favourite records of the moment include Same Trailer Different Park and Swift’s last album, Red. And I wonder how many of the tens of millions of people who will watch the video for Wrecking Ball will translate that prurient interest into a desire to see Cyrus’s next tour, or download her next album, or watch her next film. Because exposing yourself so completely makes your flaws all the more apparent.