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Miley Cyrus follows in the footsteps of Disney darlings before her

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: As Miley Cyrus contemplates her disappointing “Can’t Be Tamed” album sales and absorbs response to her latest stream of “Let Me Prove to You I’m a Grownup” antics – lap dancing with a director, vamping it up in tarty outfits on stage – we can’t help but compare her journey to those of so many Disney darlings before her.

What is it about crashing a sweet, virginal image to smithereens that makes it so inviting?

Of course, Britney Spears leaps to mind. Miley has made it clear she’s a huge fan of the 28-year-old superstar whose rollercoaster life has provided careers for tabloid writers and bloggers and paparazzi since 1999, when the former Mousketeer caused a stir with a Rolling Stone magazine cover in which she appeared lying on her bed clad in shorts, bra, and open top. The American Family Association called for a boycott of stores selling her albums. Shades of Miley’s Vanity Fair Lolita-esque photo brouhaha.

Christina Aguilera, Britney’s fellow former Mousketeer, traded in her girl-next-door wholesomeness for piercings, a neck tattoo, and a string of raunchy songs and videos.

Older audience members remember original Mousketeer Doreen Tracy, who posed for the men’s magazine Gallery wearing her Mousketeer ears and not much else, and who came out with a book, “Confessions of a Mouseketeer.”

Sadly, there is the train wreck that is once-promising Disney movie star Lindsay Lohan.

Somehow, “Princess Diaries” star Anne Hathaway managed to transition to adulthood in such a deft and sophisticated way, her audience accepted her doing nudity in movies and handling exceptionally gritty material – as in her Oscar-nominated turn in “Rachel Getting Married” – with little turmoil.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to BeckSmithHollywood.com

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One Comment

  • July 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    The problem for Miley Cyrus is that she’s not very talented or pretty as the other girls she’s been compared to in this article. She’s displayed even early on an attitude of extreme arrogance and disrespect for others. Some notable examples include her threat to destroy Radiohead’s career because the reclusive band refused to give her an audience and the offensive, racist gestures she made against Asians, for which she gave an insincere half “apology”. Many people have been alienated by her raunchy behavior: the semi-nude photos of herself she leaked on the Internet, her dating of guys half a decade or so older than her, and her attempts to become a sex symbol despite being underage. It’s doubtful she can become a big respected star once she is an “adult”.

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