‘Miley Cyrus: Unplugged’ Features Madonna & Reminds Us Of A Certain 2003 VMAs Performance
Miley Cyrus: Unplugged airs tonight and she's going to be performing a couple of songs with Madonna. This news might not be exciting to everyone, but Cyrus, for one, is very happy about the performance. Miley Cyrus says she and Madonna both promote the same positive message to girls and compares their songs in a behind-the-scenes clip with MTV.
Cyrus starts by saying that she wanted someone for the performance that wasn't that "obvious" and something that people wouldn't "expect." I don't know that Madonna is an example of that as Cyrus and Madonna have some pretty clear similarities — blonde pop stars that have been known to give controversial performances. Cyrus goes on to say, "A lot of what she represented for me is what I try to represent to girls now — not being afraid of sexuality and really being who you wanna be and doing what you wanna do." This is a great goal to try for and whether Cyrus is actually pulling it of is an individual decision. As for myself, I think it's at least very clear that she's all for people doing that they want to do.
Cyrus compares her song, "We Can't Stop" to Madonna's "Don't Tell Me" which is apt because they are literally both about people not stopping. She calls "We Can't Stop" the 2013 version of Madonna's hit. Sure, I don't see anything wrong with saying that. The proof is right there in the lyrics and I, admittedly, like both of these songs and find them super catchy.
I also can't complain about Madonna showing up at this thing even though she is basically like David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused at this point. "That's what I like about these new pop stars; I get older, they stay the same age." Maybe that's a little harsh, it's just hard to not hear about this performance and think about Madonna and Britney Spears at the 2003 VMAs. Ten years from now, Miley will have a Vegas residency and Madonna will be performing with the newest blonde pop star on the block which... awesome for Madonna. Doing what you love is great. I seriously can't fault her for that.
So basically, Miley Cyrus and Madonna before her (and now, with her) are generally trying to put positive messages out there, make music, be themselves, and all that good stuff. They might be annoying or cringe-worthy or performing a duet that will make some people avoid tuning into MTV at all costs, but unless you're on the Parents Television Council or a Smiler, it's hard to have an opinion on this pairing other than, "Eh... I guess they mean well. What else is on tonight?"