There are two stories in the headlines that got me thinking about social responsibility. To me, and this might not be the “technical” definition…it means our responsibility to our fellow man/woman. So, here are my thoughts.
On Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s. Miley built her career on the backs of young children. As Hannah Montana, her show was for the preteen demographic. Yes, Miley has grown up…but, reruns of the show are still out there, which she is raking in royalties, and her fan base continues to be young girls. Now, wanting to prove she’s “all grown up” Miley gets on stage at the VMA’s and humps, grinds, twerks, and generally makes a raunchy spectacle of herself.
Miley, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t put your music/tv shows and marketing out to a young impressionable audience and then decide you want to be all grown up as you hump teddy bears on stage. You have a social responsibility to act in a way that is appropriate for your young fans. The VMA’s is for an audience of 14 and above…I can honestly say, I wouldn’t want a 14 year old seeing how you behaved. Even as a 40 year old, your behavior was inappropriate and hard to watch. You earned your money and fame from a certain age group, and now you are trying to distance yourself from them. Fine, take off all reruns of Hannah Montana, make your music have an adult disclaimer and stop grinding on teddy bears.
Whether you like it or not, you have been a role model. Just because you are now 20 doesn’t mean that goes away. You put it out there, now you need to live up to it. Yes, you are young. However, there are a lot of 20 year olds out there that have already been to war, have families, and jobs. They are adults that don’t need to masturbate with a foam finger on stage to show people how “grown up” they are. Maybe you should take a lesson from them. As for it being “art”. That is ridiculous..it wasn’t art, and to use that as an excuse is bullshit.
So, until you either stop marketing to a young demographic or you take a look around and realize that “adults” don’t behave in that manner, then you are not upholding your end of social responsibility and as such, I believe parents should remove you from their purchasing list, block you on TiVo and guide their children toward more suitable role models. I will say in your defense…our idea of what role models are in this society is really jacked up. A singer, a guy that can throw a ball..these aren’t role models. Role models are people that act with integrity, valor, bravery, honor…look for people that fit that criteria for your child, not someone that can sing a song.
Now on to my second rant. This one is more serious and heartbreaking. About a year ago a young woman and her date got on a public bus in India. It ended with the man being beaten and the woman BRUTALLY raped…she eventually died. The youngest offender, the one that had pulled out her intestines during the rape with his hands recently got 3 years in a reform home. WTF?! This woman was raped with a metal pole, gang raped, had her intenstines pulled out and that is the punishment?
It is 2013, but as I look at news from around the world I see a devaluing of female life. Women are told not to walk on the streets alone….because we are apparently prey. We shouldn’t be out after dark…because apparently men can’t control themselves. We shouldn’t wear anything that even shows are ankles, because apparently that is “asking” to be raped.
We are women, not prey….we are not “asking” for it. If you can’t control yourself then that shows what kind of pathetic human being YOU are. Our laws need to be strict and harsh for those that prey on a weaker member of our society. Whether it’s women, or children or the elderly. If you target, and hurt those that can not fully protect themselves then you are not worthy of mercy.
As a woman, I can honestly say that rape is a horrendous affront to both society and to women. It is saying that it’s okay for men to be nothing more than animals….no, I won’t even offend animals like that, in the animal kingdom, even the female gets to choose their mate. It makes them worse than animals. It is degenerate and evil and vile. I don’t think that a slap on the wrist is appropriate and I certainly don’t think 3 years is an adequate sentence for someone that participated in raping a woman to death. Her life was more valuable than all of the degenerates that took part in the horrendous acts that were done to her.
However, until every society starts seeing women as equal to men in their basic human rights…then this kind of brutality is going to continue. Until men are taught from the time they are infants that women are to be respected not abused, that rape is not a funny…or something she asked for, that hurting those that are weaker than you is abhorant..then it will continue.
I pray for all the women of the world that are abused, hurt, beaten, raped at the hands of those that feel it’s their “right”. It is 2013, we have a worldwide social responsibility to protect women/children/elderly…it should be the forefront of every religion, and goverment’s agenda.