Why Miley Cyrus Is Smarter Than You

Everyone loves to poke fun at Miley but when the facts are laid out how do you measure up against her when we cut through all the hype?

You are in your early 20's saddled with student debt with the outlook of unemployment or emigration. She is 20 years old with a net worth over $150 million.

If you have ever complained, ranted, commented on Facebook, watched her online or bitched about her inevitable crack addiction or impending death after the VMAs. Guess what? You have just added to this ever growing stockpile of currency. Seemingly her ridiculous antics that you were so quick to laugh at and share online with your friends at 'her' expense may actually have a method to their madness.

She even made a dress out of all her money



She has achieved more success in more areas before the age of 20 than you probably ever will.

You were proud of your under 16 runner up medal at the county championships a few years back. The pinnacle of your athletic achievements. Does this measure up against her multiple international awards in a number of areas. Acting, music, song writing and producing. Also little know fact that she was born left handed but her dad Billy Ray taught her to write right handed.


She Shakes / Twerks off controversy

After the VMAs everyone talked smugly about the demise of Miley but when you try something controversial that you think will be seen as edgy and cool you end up embarrassing yourself at the work Christmas party. She does it and everyone talks about her and continue to talks about her for months afterwards. Riding a wave of publicity heaven where antic after antic results in her profile sky-rocketing and her reaping all the rewards that come with it since. Purely accidental right? I mean you said her career was over didn't you?



How much ability do you have to provoke change?

When you want to take a stance on something you take to twitter and make some deep philosophical statement that gets a couple of retweets. You go to bed happy that night having changed the world. Butterfly flaps it's wings and not what. Miley makes a statement about gay marriage on Twitter (interesting for a devout christian who gets up every morning at 5am to read the bible) and it gets 300,000 retweets and the media storm that follows forces her to shut-down her Twitter with 2 million followers. The struggle for gay marriage receives a huge boost.


I feel bad for not contributing... Better go like that Facebook status so.


Miley or Sinead?

Is Sinead O'Connor really the caring mother of pop music that she claims to be?  Attempting to take Miley under her wing away from the bad industry people? This has been the debate. Sinead has commented that Miley is contributing to the death of music. That is an interesting one? Nothing compares to you was all the way back in 1990. Guns and Roses November rain came out the following year to give you an idea of how long ago that was. Although nobody can deny that Sinead is a great singer songwriter herself, Miley has sold 50 million records which ain't half bad. Lets call it level there. Miley is only 20 remember. Secondly Sinead talked about how she felt Miley was prostituting herself for publicity. If I recall Sinead you were partial to a few controversial publicity stunts in your time too. A more cynical person than I would suggest your open letter to Miley was a bit of a publicity stunt in itself.

I think there is a very smart PR team behind Miley who know exactly what they are doing quietly summed up by this quote from her prior to the VMAs. “You’re always gonna make people talk, you might as well make them talk for like two weeks rather than two seconds,”

Shane Johnston
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Editor for CollegeTimes, UCD graduate and music lover. [email protected]

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