If it was Lady Gaga or Madonna swinging naked on a wrecking ball or grinding on some guy on stage people would be talking about how strong of a woman she is or what an artful way to express themselves it was.
That’s the point, Miley had to do it in order to be like them, and continue on with her career. Her handlers knew that engaging in these types of acts, and hiring a performance artist cokehead to shoot her videos would give her an air of legitimacy. Since with Pop Stars, the most dangerous thing is them being seen as inauthentic (since as previously stated, it’s pretty obvious they don’t even write their songs, or the music).
So while I don’t really care about miley swinging around on a wrecking ball naked, I do think the point of the video combined with the VMAs was a preconceived PR blitz in conjunction with the new album. Like I said, I’m indifferent as to whether this is “bad” or not, but certainly it isn’t Miley’s choice at the same time. If someone offered you millions upon millions of dollars, and promised a fullfilling career for years to come to shake your ass and swing around naked, then you’d probably do it. Sinead’s article was simply stating that as soon as she gets used up, she’ll be disposed of, because that’s what we do with these types.
Miley has about as much say in how she acts, as she does in producing her songs. Pop stars are good at what they do by not being unique, they get famous by doing what they need to do to continue , and taking direction. Her new image was absolutely focus grouped, and discussed by probably literally hundreds of people before the VMAs, and her new video. The script of “good girl gone bad” is as old as the pop music, and she’s following the same script as Madonna, Britney, et all.
Now, does that means she’s prostituting herself? Well, not really, but she certainly isn’t the one making the decisions about what she wears and how she acts. She probably doesn’t even write her own twitter updates or her songs. On top of that her voice is also reworked by various pitch correctors and technicians. So basically everything about her is the product of someone else’s vision.
Is this a bad thing? meh. I don’t know. I think she’s a vapid shell of a human being but if someone paid me millions of dollars to shake my ass I probably would too.