I am writing to you because you are all over the headlines today and I wanted to share with you my thoughts.
First of all, I was a teenager when you were born. So while I technically am old enough to be your mother, I am also young enough to know of the time and generation you were born into. I don’t know anything about your life. I only know what I have seen through television and read through news articles. I am fairly strict about what my kids watch and listen to but I let my daughters watch your Hannah Montana show on the Disney channel and I even tuned into it on occasion and found it fun and entertaining. Your early music was also fun and I found myself singing along with it in the car with my kids.
Then you grew up and started to make your own choices and many of them strayed from the “squeaky clean” image you portrayed while you were younger. So I had to have the talk with my girls about how people make their own decisions in life and how Miley was just an image that wasn’t real. I discussed with them the importance of self-respect and finding value in themselves in who God created them to be and how it didn’t come from their looks or in their body image. It was a good lesson in the importance of whom they choose as friends and who they choose to date later on in life.
I didn’t watch your performance on the VMA’s but I have read enough about it. In fact, it makes me really sad. I realize I don’t know anything about your life or your upbringing but reading the headlines today makes me want to know you. See Miley you are so much more than the act you portray on stage. You are so much more than being the product of society that uses young women like you in images of sex and vulgarity for boosts in ratings and marketing. You may not know this but you are precious in the sight of God.
Among the headlines today, I see words that brand you now as the new Lady Gaga or Madonna. If you wanted people to take notice, you achieved your goal. We see you but we don’t see your heart or your soul. God does and he knows the hurt that you must feel to have so much disrespect for yourself that you would act that way in public. I am sorry that the people around you let you perform that way because they profit from it but care little about who you really are or the real talent that you may have. I am sorry that we live in a society that has strayed so far from values and morals that we have come to a place where millions of people will watch your performance and call it Music or Entertainment.
So I write this letter because it makes me sad to know that you might not realize how loved and valued you are. Not for anything you wear (or don’t wear), not for your music, not for the vulgar or sexy image you feel you need to sell, not for the statements you feel you need to make but for who YOU REALLY ARE. You were created by a God who loves you and I wish you could understand that is what gives you self-respect. That is what gives you love and confidence and that is what can define you. You are so much more…