An open letter posted by Kim Keller on her blog has gone viral as the latest turn in the Miley Cyrus VMA dance scandal.
Keller writes to her daughter, telling her that the dance Cyrus performed at the Video Music Awards last weekend was inappropriate and definitely should not be emulated.
“Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you,” writes Keller on her blog, Roadkill Goldfish. “Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word ‘no,’ made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.”
“If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hang out like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.”
The dance in question had Cyrus gyrating on singer Robin Thicke, and has drawn wide criticism (and some support) for being inappropriate and too sexual for a venue like the VMAs.
Keller says she would punish her daughter for acting like Cyrus because she loves her and she wants her to respect herself.
“Miley Cyrus is not edgy or cool or sexy. She’s a desperate girl screaming for attention: Notice me. Tell me I’m pretty. See how hot I am. I know all the guys want me. All the girls want to be me,” writes Keller. “You probably know girls who will emulate this behavior at the next school dance. Don’t do it with them. You are far too valuable to sell yourself so cheaply. Walk away. Let the boys gawk and know in your heart that they see only a body that can be used for their pleasure and then forgotten.”
The post, which has gotten over 1,400 responses, has also been passed around a lot on the internet.
Many of the comments are in support of the post’s message.
“This is something so many girls need to hear, especially my girl,” said Kay Kauffman. “She’s the girl whose mother is her friend, and whose stepmother is her parent (I’ve been lovingly cast as the evil stepmother by the fun mom and it sucks, but I hope she will learn a few things from me before deciding I don’t know squat). Very eloquently written!”
“I wish i could hug you for this post, too many parents are trying to be friends and not parents,” said Danielle Daley. “Thank you for being the mother you are, if more mothers were taking the stand that you have we would have more girls respecting themselves…. the world we live in has way too many people you think its cool walk around half naked if what they are wearing can be considered clothing and its sad that the people who are role models for kids are those who lack self confidence and are in serious need for attention that they behave as Miley.”
Meanwhile, Robin Thicke’s dad Alan Thicke has come out in support of the dance, while Robin’s mother has a different opinion as does Miley’s father Billy Ray.