No, Billy Ray Cyrus Isn't Disowning Miley Cyrus After Her VMA Performance
Yes, we're still talking about Miley. Yes, the whole Internet will probably continue talking about it until another celebrity does something super crazy.
But what's the latest development in the aftermath of Cyrus' VMA grindfest? Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, has spoken out about his daughter's actions. And it turns out he's really not as phased as people assumed he'd be.
Of course I'll always be here for Miley. Can't wait [to] see her when she gets home. She's still my little girl and I'm still her dad regardless how this circus we call show business plays out. I love her unconditionally and that will never change.
Cyrus' reaction to the stunt that dropped the Internet's jaw is actually pretty refreshing: He just doesn't really care. He's not sitting at home weeping because his little girl grew up to grind on Robin Thicke, and that's kind of nice. He's letting his daughter be herself, and he's refusing to publicly contribute to shaming her.
This is especially nice to hear considering the pair went through a brief estrangement in 2011, when Miley first started sexing up her image by getting smoky. (Figuratively and literally.) Cyrus commented then that he was "scared for her," but he seems perfectly fine with what's happening now.
And you know, this might actually be a case of Father Knows Best this time around. If he was scared for then and he's not now, maybe that's pretty telling of where Miley is in her life right now. She may be creating controversy wherever she goes, but according to her father she's not really doing anything to harm herself — and it shouldn't even take a note from her father for us to get that.
We all seem to be clutching our pearls and speaking out against Miley's exhibitionism and tacky sexualization. Why not focus on the more racially problematic elements of what Miley's been doing lately, or else just not focus at all?