Miley Cyrus is twerking, uh we mean working, on a new image. This time that image includes the word "feminist." That’s right, the 20-year-old “Wrecking Ball” singer is doing more than just tearing down the walls of her music video set. Cyrus is also trying to break through the glass ceiling by becoming the Abigail Adams of 2013 – but with less clothing.
"I feel like I'm one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything," the former Disney darling said during her interview with BBC’s Newsbeat on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Cyrus was responding to a question from the show’s radio host regarding her music videos, which have been deemed as “undermining women” by the House of Parliament. "Why? Because they’re naked? I mean those girls are beautiful,” Cyrus said, adding that any women who want to get naked have the right to. “I'm for anybody and everything. I don't care what you want to do in your life, or who you want to be with, who you want to love or what you look like."
The ex-fiancée of Liam Hemsworth then went on to explain that she feels there are total double standards for men and women. "Guys get to show their titties on the beach. Why can't we?" she asked. "I don't understand the double standard of life. You've got about 105 years on this Earth and you should be happy every single one of those. There's no reason not to be. As long as you're breathing, you should just find the best in everything."
Cyrus claimed she doesn’t go online to see criticism of her work, which means the songstress probably doesn’t know what her fellow stars think of her female advocacy. Here are five celebs that believe Cyrus’ booty-shaking ways are not bolstering women’s rights.
1. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays one of the most powerful fictional female characters, took a moment to discuss Cyrus and other young stars who have been sexualized in the industry. "I don't really worry about it. It's definitely something that's just kind of a part of this world," The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actress said. "It is a part of the entertainment industry that sells. Sex sells, and for some disgusting reason, young sex sells even more. Everybody's got their own path, and they've got their own way of finding themselves," she explained. "For some people, that's how they feel best, that's how they feel sexy and that's how they want to perform. To each their own."
2. A fellow teenage heartthrob also expressed his concern over Cyrus’ risqué performances. “I think it’s quite inappropriate," One Direction member Harry Styles said. "Especially for the age groups that it’s aimed at. When they’re twerking, yes. I think it’s, you know, promoting promiscuity.”
3. Sinead O’Conner and Cyrus have been feuding over the definition of feminism since the “Nothing Compares To U” singer wrote her first open letter to the actress. "The sounds of the records and the videos and how artists look has all been taken over by the industry. In a way, music's all been silenced. That's why I feel strongly about the over-sexualizing of young women. As long as you're visually distracted, you're not really listening," she said. "Male artists too. Justin Bieber, he's being sold on his sexuality, but he's too young to even understand what's going on." O’Connor continued to state her concern for Cyrus. “The music business doesn't give a s--- about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it's what you wanted. None of the men ogling you give a s--- about you either, do not be fooled."
4. Pink isn’t too fond of Cyrus’ performance choices either. "Am I into it?" the rocker asked. "No, I think it's tacky. She's really freaking talented. She's beautiful. She can sing her ass off and to go up there and do that?” the singer said regarding Cyrus’ VMA routine. “She's cheating herself and she's cheating the rest of us. She can do what she wants. People can like it if they want. I'm not going to buy it. She can do better. I've seen her do better.”
5. Annie Lennox is another short-haired star who is “disturbed and dismayed” by Cyrus and her overtly sexual performances and videos. "You know the ones I'm talking about," the singer said, adding that record companies are making a habit of "peddling highly styled pornography," calling it "a glorified and monetized form of self harm."
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