Miley Cyrus, VMAs, and “We the people.”

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Miley Cyrus, VMA performance 2013

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Miley Cyrus, VMA performance 2013

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Most of all, this is not about Miley Cyrus. It’s about the patriarchal (and racist) culture that we all participate in, and about our own diseased hearts. The great Muslim sages were right: this “music” is simply bringing out what is in our own hearts. And it is we, we the people, not just Miley Cyrus, who are profoundly sick and diseased. It is not just Ms. Cyrus that needs a spiritual (and intellectual) awakening. It is us, we the people.

  • sleepless

    It is easy to our eyes to see the patriarchy in the image of a fully covered woman from, say, Saudi Arabia, but we fail to see its reverse in the American culture. Only a critical eye can perceive the ubiquity of the woman body perpetually exploited in the advertisements, shows etc., objectified and reduced to flesh to be penetrated in. Drammatically, you are criticized of being non-modern, anti-western and against human freedom once you point to the issue in your culture. This does not happen though when you criticize the patriarchy in other countries, say, in Saudi Arabia. Blindness is comfortable; critical thinking is not. Like Plato’s allegory of the cave: the eyes of the cave-dweller hurt when somebody brings light.

    Thanks for bringing light to our eyes, Omid!

  • I too feel that we have lost touch with music and what it truly means (and further more reflects). I’m a long-time heavy metal musician and grew up and worked in the Christian rock music scene for many years so I always knew that any form of music CAN reflect the divine if the intention is there to do so. About 12 years ago I read Hazrat Inayat Khan’s book The Mysticism of Music and Sound and it spoke in such eloquent ways exactly what I feel about all life’s REAL connection to music. I have since become a Sufi initiate and have been set on a path to inspire others to see and experience the divine within themselves and express it. I didn’t watch the VMA’s (haven’t for a few years because it’s always the same people playing the same soul-less stuff) so I can;t really comment on the Miley thing but as a whole our culture has lost touch with the most sacred and living art form and I hope more people join me in the fight to bring it back. Thanks for the article and all that you do! Blessings!

  • Turgut Ünal

    sorry to say that : I think <Miley Cyrus should learn and live kamasutra so she would discover difference between making love and sex < what she did is silly provakation of self.silly mind work. just marki de sade imaginations. 🙂

  • Reynaldo Adriano

    I wonder what kind of music Muslim suicide bombers listen to…

  • live_fair

    Same like all other suicide bombers around the world in history, I guess – why are only these labeled by religion – religion is not the reason behind there sick behavior of someone it’s their own weakness, stupidity, anger etc. REligion can be misunderstood – you did it too.

  • davidg1

    This commentary misses the point of Ms. Cyrus’ performance, even though it accurately diagnoses our current cultural maladies. In this day and age, outrage is currency: it generates discussion, it generates hits on web sites, and it generates sales of product — in this case, music. In the ever-growing cacophony of our culture, one has to take increasingly extreme steps just to be noticed. If one is in the business of selling songs, what matters is getting embedded in a buyer’s consciousness. To do that, you have to get embedded in the public discourse. It doesn’t matter how. That, indeed, is a kind of soul-sickness, but it’s also a kind of salesmanship that works.

  • About the only thing I agreed with was the last paragraph.

  • Beautifully said.

  • Max

    Sorry, but as soon as people start talking about “god”, “souls” and suchlike, I reach for my AK47! Miley Cyrus makes music for people who don’t really like music, and if she wants to jiggle her tits on telly in the process, well, they are her tits to jiggle, and I believe you TV/Computer comes with an off switch that you can use if, like me, it bores you. There really is no such thing as a cultural malady. There is what YOU like and what I like, and we can both ignore each other’s preferences if we do not share them. I actually am a musician of sorts, and love all manner of music that people consider “serious” (JS Bach, Coltrane for example) and some that people do not (The Beatles, The Sex Pistols) and would sooner pour hot wax in my ears than listen to La Cyrus, but, and here’s the thing, I DON”T HAVE TO, and so I don’t. There. That was easy, wasn’t it?

  • Nadira

    Reynaldo they don’t listen to music their ears are full of sounds of war!!

  • Robert Neyland

    Well written and I am in agreement with you. I am a follower of Jesus, and we have different beliefs-but we share a common ground …. Compassion for the people of Syria and frustration of the sexualization of music. As a musician I concur- music is Divine, a creation of God that a fallen world has exploited for profit . There will be a day and time when we leave these bodies and the earth behind…. Then the only music we will hear is the glorious sound of Angels singing praise to God…. Bless you my brother and may peace and joy lead your footsteps……..

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