Sunday, June 20, 2010

Perez Hilton vs. Miley Cyrus: Going Too Far

This article is dedicated to Jenny Haddow Doman, a responsible and loving mother to her three children.

Yes this is the second article in a row about the raising of a child, but sometimes the topic is important enough to be discussed at the time. On one hand, I can criticize Miley Cyrus for dressing and acting slutty. On the other hand, when a child is the victim, the child is still a child (regardless of how she dresses or acts).

Miley Cyrus has followed in the footsteps of Britney Spears by being another wholesome singer who starts to engage in slutty behavior and wear skimpy clothing. She is only 17 years-old, and anyone who saw Britney Spears self-destruct in the middle of the 2000s knows when we are seeing a copycat. First, Miley takes slutty photos, then she performs a song while using a stripper pole, next we think she will probably break her “until marriage” vow, marry a relative of Kevin Federline, and hit rehab.

Am I being mean? Yes, because when I see slutty behavior, I call it how I see it. She deserves to be criticized for dressing and acting like a slut.

But… Perez Hilton crossed the line.

Perez Hilton is a blogger who is so successful that his website is his job. I write these articles for fun and have not received any compensation for my articles.

Recently, Perez Hilton posted a link to a fake photo of Miley Cirus with some nudity in the photo. I have not seen the photo and do not wish to look at it for the sake of going into detail. The reason why this is so controversial is because Miley Cyrus is 17 years-old, which means that the doctored photo of her could be considered child pornography.

Luckily for Perez Hilton, Miley Cyrus has decided not to press charges against him. I am not a fan of Perez Hilton or Miley Cyrus, but I am fascinated by this story for two reasons:

1. It is unclear if Perez Hilton actually broke any laws or if the law would have to be clarified. Had Miley Cyrus pressed charges, Perez’s lawyers would probably argue that the doctored photo is not actual child porn because it wouldn’t be Miley’s nudity. Instead, her head on a body with nudity. A case like this could actually go all the way to the Supreme Court due to the fact that it is not clear if his actions are a crime or not.

2. This is a reminder that there is a huge difference between picking on children and picking on an adult.
In the first example, I do not know if what Perez Hilton did was a crime or not, but I think it is inappropriate to doctor a photo of an underage person to include nudity. Just based on my own morals, legal or not, I believe that we draw a line in the sand at age 18 so we can have a clear point as to when to treat someone as an adult or a child. If Perez posting a doctored photo of a 17 year-old is allowed, then how young can a person be before actions against that person be considered off-limits? We draw the line at age 18 so we can clearly say who is a child and who is an adult. Legally, Miley Cyrus is a child, so putting her head on a photo with nudity is wrong and possibly illegal.

In the second example, the media and bloggers do criticize celebrities. As a blogger, I criticize celebrities. I like to think that when I criticize them, I don’t just call them names, but go into detail as to why they are doing something wrong. But we all have to remember that just because Miley Cyrus is famous does not mean that we should treat her like adult celebrities. I was a child in the mid-1990s. I turned 18 in 1996. I’m trying to imagine how well I would take the media picking on me if I was underage. I would probably feel very hurt hearing adults making fun of me. She probably feels that way too.

But just like with the age of 18, there are lines that people should not cross. As you may have noticed, I began this article really criticizing Miley Cyrus. I criticized her for dressing like a slut, acting like a slut, and following in the footsteps of Britney Spears (which is probably the harshest way to criticize her). At the same time, I’m criticizing her for something that she should know better than to do. Any teenage girl in the United States knows that girls who dress and act slutty get criticized. I call her out on her actions because she knows those actions will bring her criticism. While I may have been harsh with my criticism, I think I am being fair and did not cross the line. If she read my article, I would hope that she would see that I think she should tone down her actions a bit.

At the same time, there is a line that should not be crossed. Perez Hilton crossed that line. He should have stuck with the things that I have said to criticize her. Instead, he took it a step too far and is lucky that he wasn’t arrested. Perez Hilton should call out celebrities when they act like morons or like sluts, but remember to be careful when talking about the actions of a child.


Blogger Evil Greg said...

FYI, it's not up to Miley whether or not to press charges. She's a minor. In a child pornography incident, that decision is up to prosecutors (DA or Federal). All Miley could do is have her parents sue on her behalf.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Michael Rubin said...

Hi, Evil Greg. You are correct about the fact that charges can be brought against Perez Hilton whether or not Miley Cyrus wants to press charges. But in this case, it is not clear if Perez Hilton actually broke the law or not. Therefore, without a desire of the Cyrus family to press charges, a prosecutor is unlikely to take Perez Hilton to court.

There is always the possibility that a prosecutor may still bring charges if he or she chooses to. I just do not think that it will happen.

7:11 PM  
Blogger 向霖 said...

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8:12 AM  

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