Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour proves she's pop music's greatest role model (seriously)

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Eric Gruneisen. Full slideshow: Miley Cyrus at the Pepsi Center
The world's most maligned former Disney princess is strutting down the stage, leading a platoon of dancers dressed in (more) preposterous costumes, the most preposterous of them a pair of seven-foot foam finger outfits where the dancers' heads stick out of the knuckles.

It's a direct reference to the moment Miley Cyrus finally figured out how to make an entire society clutch its collective pearls: The one with the Beetlejuice suit and the twerking and the aforementioned foam finger applied to her vagina. You remember.

And this isn't even the first time tonight in Denver that Miley's blown to cartoonish proportion the very things she's most frequently mocked for. Earlier there was the entrance, where she slid down her own giant, inflatable, cockeyed tongue.

See also: Photos -- Miley Cyrus at Pepsi Center

So she's strutting, and singing "We Can't Stop," one of her many Top 10 Singles. Yeah, it's about partying and how we're not gonna stop partying, basically, but it is a genuinely taxing thing to perform. As the story goes, this one was originally meant for Rihanna, but you need more than her five-note range for that hook. You need Miley's several octaves of diva-quality power, which she can employ so effortlessly she's still got the capacity to simultaneously do things like, say, strut.

The rapid evolution of Miley Cyrus has been met with a smirk. Our nation's news feeds are overrun with jokes about her. Mostly, it seems, they are about her physical appearance. She looks like Justin Bieber or Draco Malfoy or some startled stray animal or whatever thing someone slapped next to some unflattering photo of her. There are plenty of those to be found; Miley does not shy away from unflattering portrayals of herself.

But why should she? Why should a very powerful woman (or anyone) feel the need to meet any particular expectation about how female singers should look or act? We have cherished androgynous rock stars since right about the time rock music began. Miley Cyrus has embraced traditional masculinity by doing things like cutting her hair short and doing lots of air humping and, yes, strutting. That does not make her ridiculous.

What, then? Surely it's not her commercial success, which is nearly unparalleled at the moment. And surely it's not her actual singing ability, which, again, is prodigious.

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See more photos of Miley. Photo by Eric Gruneisen

Let's give the naysayers a fair shake: The lyrical and aesthetic content of all this stuff is undoubtedly frivolous and short sighted. The music itself clearly contains no original ideas. There's more. There are the multitudes of kids who will walk from the Pepsi Center through the thick snow to their parents' minivans with barely anything covering their torsos and limbs. And there's the hardest thing to dismiss: the accusation of cultural appropriation, the demeaning of everyone from African-Americans to Amazonians. Some people think Miley is mocking those groups and their cultures.

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Alice Cooper did the shocking thing years ago, the shockers of today are two bit, third rate, watered down copies of the Alice act.

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hannahshayne1994
hannahshayne1994

All the haters on here just think it's cool to make fun of people. Guess what?? Miley is HOT. She has a great voice. And she doesn't give a sh*t if you don't like her. If you haven't noticed, she makes a thing out of whatever you all make fun of her for. Next there will be a "small, saggy butt" as part of her concert props. Her butt is perfect, by the way. Not everyone likes big curves. The fact that Miley is Miley even though you all insult the hell out of her for it, makes her a role model in my book.

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

im surprised any of you inbred miley fans can even fucking read, get real and stop buying into this garbage being promoted to us ffs ppl go fucking learn something and stop being sheep slaves

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

I see females that think that's being a role model, she is completely disgusting in every way that she acts and its disturbing

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

You can take the whore out of the trailer park, but….

Andy Coffman
Andy Coffman

This comment proves Westword is a worthless rag

Robert Brehm
Robert Brehm

You dont have to be gay to be revolted by her

Robert Brehm
Robert Brehm

Yeah you have been saying it all week. She sucks.

Tami Gibson
Tami Gibson

i think her short hair looks like Sh!t lol

Alex Ortiz
Alex Ortiz

This young woman has gone off the complete deep end. I wonder if she is just doing too many illegal drugs, has inheirited the dirty gene from her father or both? >:(

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

Seriously. This girl owns it!! All day, err day. Too all her haters... FU!!

Jay Baerga
Jay Baerga

ugly af! justin playing dress up is what this shit looks like

Kevin M Hawkins
Kevin M Hawkins

Had a great time at the show and would definitely see her again. Thanks for posting Westword!

Andy Maroney
Andy Maroney

I don't EVEN want to know what that jumpsuit smells like but I'm guessing it's a combination of weed, skank and sadness.

Ty Baron
Ty Baron

Not sure if Westword is trying to be sensationalist and contrarian for web traffic or if their writers are mentally challenged 12 year old fat girls.

Daniel Alexander
Daniel Alexander

people who defend this hussie are very dumb. she is gross to look at.

Carl Pitman
Carl Pitman

id buy that for a dollar....in pesos

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Jesus Christ, how many times are you reposting this drivel?

Christine Moser
Christine Moser

Gross. She's just doing it for attention. I doubt if she had one original thought in her head. It's like looking into the mind of a skanky whitetrash slut going through a bad acid trip. I'm all for empowerment for women and I love me some androgynous shit, but she's just creepy.

Brik A Brak
Brik A Brak

Westword, this is why no one reads you. Especially the backbeat. What a joke

Mike Carr
Mike Carr

If she's your role model... You're fucked in the head and need professional help!

Peter Stimson
Peter Stimson

and once again.. that picture definitely shows that she should be looked up to

Brett Howell
Brett Howell

They're either trying to gain hits via shock value headlines or are complete morons. I'm going with both.

Jesse Hughen
Jesse Hughen

Good job westword. You've officially gone stupid.

Michael Howell
Michael Howell

The people at Westword have been out of touch for years. Endorsing an idiot like this proves it.

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

if that means miley is attractive, than you must be gay...?

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

its an agenda that's been promoted for many years by the douches that have 1.5 quadrillion dollars that everyone in the world pays them....

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

just stfu amber, do you even have a single original thought ever?

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

exactly, I was looking for a reasonable article about how she is clearly fucking society in a way and this is first on google

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

owned what, no one is hating about what she "owned" were stating an obvious fact that she was promoted to young girls, not THAT long ago, those young girls are supposed to look at this and act like you? seriously? get a fucking life, go focus on something more insightful than following a twit puppet like her

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

its a shame they don't have logic and don't come to this conclusion

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yet here you are, posting away....

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

I see idiots very often post about how she is on social media.... very shameful to know they can be so dulled down

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

yess definite and clear to all them sheep

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

shock was caused by the morons imo

nukkakilla
nukkakilla

is this guy forreal, I honestly cant believe HOW MANY people are this messed up, its clearlyyyyy distasteful in performance and as a person

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