A recent article in The New York Times Style about Miley Cyrus is reason one to celebrate the passing of Hannah Montana. The article quotes Percy Hamm, some 11-year old who is disenchanted with her recent risque behavior. When asked about the Vanity Fair pictorial, she said, “I don’t know what was going on in her head.” Like I…or Miley…give a hoot about what some judgmental tangerine thinks about her life choices? Let me clarify: A tangerine is what I call precocious, unruly, overly verbal, whiny kids. Several years ago, Tropicana was launching a line of fruit flavored drinks, and their ad campaign featured a few kids tangerines, each spouting the different flavors. The girl they cast to represent “tangerine” was sooo annoying…like beyond…hence the name stuck. Anyhoo…back to Miley and Hannah.
What astonishes me is how people are not willing to let go of their preconceived notions of who their idols can become. Miley Cyrus was acting as Hannha Montana. She isn’t actually that character. That’s like saying that Glenn Close who was playing the character Alex Forrest in the film Fatal Attraction, was really acting like Glenn and being a total, murderous nut bag. There is no difference….besides age group. The fault does not lie with the Miley Cyrus’ or Lindsay Lohan’s of the world when little kids can not accept their idols growing up. It is the Disney-fied dream machine that makes millions of unsuspecting kids turn their will and their lives over to the care of an idea of who someone is. Smart or otherwise, Disney is still able to manufacture illusion, as in the old studio system of Hollywood, where dreams were made and the movies took people away from their mundane lives and problems. Well, the same holds true with the Hannah Montana good girl machine. What is really happening here is that Miley Cyrus is growing out of her tangerine stage and her tangerine followers are not letting her go. I, for one, think that Miley is making the best possible moves, like a snake shedding its skin, to shake off that Hannah Montana image and live her life as she sees fit. Funny, this is pretty much the same story as yesterday about LeBron James and his decision to move to Miami. Do you really think that highly of yourself that your opinion matters when it comes to celebrities making personal…really personal life choices? Think again…tangerine.