We see this pretty much every few years. A young star who comes off as inappropriate in his/her quest to be an adult. Brittany Spears went through a phase where she was on top of the world after performing at the Super Bowl. From there her image changed and the next thing that you know, people were calling her "trailer trash." Justin Beiber went from an adorable child prodigy from YouTube to a bad boy speeding up and down his community streets despite complaints from neighbors.
It wasn't always like this, but times have changed. Remember back in the day when the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" were having their issues? Child stars from 30 years ago simply used drugs or did porn. There was no social media to really put themselves out there, so a lot of the abuse they endured were self-inflicted and somewhat private. Dana Plato (Kimberly Drummond) did porn and drugs and it ultimately killed her. Todd Bridges (Willis Jackson) and Gary Coleman (Arnold Jackson) had brushes with the law as well. Ironically, Conrad Baines (Phillip Drummond), the man who played their father on the show, almost out-lived all of them (only Todd is still alive).
Child stars transition to the adult world isn't so private any more. In fact, it's more in your face than ever. The media force-feeds us photos and stories about these kids each and every day. With that kind of pressure to stay in the headlines, it's no wonder that these kids go to the extremes that they do to stay relevant. We can't help but see them all over the place and for those who aren't fans, it drives us nuts!
I personally have nothing against Miley Cyrus. I never watched Hannah Montana and I never listened to her music. I don't care that she attempted (poorly, I might add) to twerk on stage or the fact that she sticks her tongue out more than a dehydrated anteater. But, I really need her to go away and I'll tell you why I feel this way. In fact, I'll tell you why a lot of people feel this way:
Her act is forced.
It's one thing to transition from one personality into another naturally (a la Justin Timberlake), but it's clear that Miley is forcing her way into her new persona. The tattoos, the new affinity to rapping, the provocative dancing, and even the hairstyle appear to be part of a "PR package." Miley's new image is about as natural as Pamela Anderson's breasts.
But, you do you "Boo-Boo." Whatever works and pays the power bill is all anyone cares about these days anyway. However, just as you have the right to do whatever you want on television (within the law), I have the right to pray that the TV station broadcasting you suffers a power failure.
If there is someone in Hollywood you could ban from TV, then who would it be?