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The Enamor of The Cyrus Virus

Of course, I’m going to report on the Cyrus clan. The mother of them all, Tish Cyrus, recently sat down for a radio interview with Mario Lopez, during which she clarified Miley’s nuptial plans, or lack there of…

Unfortunately for us Smilers, Miley isn’t planning on getting married anytime soon. Several rumors have spread over the course of Liam and Miley’s engagement of possible elopement, but none of them possess a backbone of accuracy.  For example, Billy Ray posted a photo back in March with a picture of a camera depicting Miley in a white dress with the caption, “I’m so happy… you are happy @MileyCyrus.” After the release of “Malibu,” it seems pretty clear that this was a shot filmed for the music video.

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The eventually-to-be Hemsworth’s are living together in Malibu and “so freaking happy,” according to Momma Cyrus. They have their whole lives ahead of them and are taking their time. Simply observing from the outside, their relationship has seemed like a roller coaster, so who can blame them for riding a calmer wave.

From new music, to new Bravo shows, to modeling , the Cyrus clan continues to exercise their talents, while fully supporting each other. I don’t know about you but my irises are completely in love with the view of the Cyrus’s.

OMG is that Nick Jonas ?! #fangirl #crying #peeing

Imagine. An average citizen walks into a predominantly vacant café they frequent on a weekly basis. Expecting nothing out of the norm, they place their routine order, a Panini and a peppermint mocha latte, when a highly established, otherworldly celebrity figure enters the vicinity. As their eyes meet, recognition hits the café regular, now star-struck, customer square in the face. Something ignites within the salivating customer, emotions of excitement, hesitation, and denial, all of which can cause an unwanted scene. This eruption of emotions happens to even the most reserved people when they come in contact with a celebrity, especially one they admire.
“Fangirling” exists as an increasingly recognized social phenomenon that occurs when an overzealous individual, males included despite the terminology, completely “freaks out” when they see or talk about celebrities.
Three levels of fandom exist: entertainment-social, intense-personal, and borderline-pathological. The first involves minimal levels of celebrity worship through reading up on and gossiping about favorite stars with following their accomplishments and appearances via mass media mediums. To envision that a special bond exists between the fan and the celebrity results in the completion of the second stage, also known as the “para-social” interaction stage. The final stage progresses into obsession, stalking, and delusional feelings like the celebrity knows the fanatic on a personal level (Maltby, 27-29). These three stages of celebrity worship syndrome start out with innocent admiration and, in some cases, evolve into dangerous psychological mind games.
Celebrity worship advances through emotional contagion. When one acts as a dedicated fan to a socially recognized celebrity who another individual likes, then that individual acts like the initial dedicated fan to prove his or her equal devotion. Let’s take Miley Cyrus for example. Say an avid fan set Cyrus a fan letter package including a puppy and some joint papers. Another fan finds out and decides to one-up them by sending a puppy, joint papers, and actual weed, all of which would make the singer very happy.
A trending amateur-created “emoji” also exhibits the unhealthy, over-melodramatic state fans can reach, with hearts for eyes, sappy smile, and tears overflowing.
In the past, “Fangirling” resulted in several accidents, including injuries both to fans and celebrities, but overall it subsists as an innate part of society, rather than a problem. It lives within the human race as a fire triggered and ignited by certain people, living distinct publicized lifestyles. “People have “fangirled” for years; it just wasn’t called that. It’s at an all time high and on another level because celebrities now have Twitter and Instagram accounts where they let us see into their private lives more than ever before,” Radio DJ Alex Clark said, exemplifying the extent of platforms where triggers activate.
Truth, a company dedicated to exposing lies of the tobacco industry, currently promotes a campaign called “Finish It” to eliminate cigarettes for good. In frequently shown commercials, they acknowledge “fangirling” through the use of images. After showing a multitude of well-known celebrities smoking cigarettes, the commercial progresses with a photograph of teenage girls crying over those celebrities. The point of the photograph in the commercial exists to show that Truth holds nothing against those smoking; in fact they remain fans. This, with trending hash-tags on Twitter such as #fangirlproblems, subsist as additional sources relaying the popular cultural phenomenon of the act of “fangirling.” Whether crying uncontrollably, fainting, screaming, or other irrepressible actions, within everyone lives a “fan girl,” but its dominance depends on socialized individual desires and admirations.

“Slacktivism” and Miley Cyrus’s: My Friend’s Place Campaign

Many social media users participate in what is known as “slacktivism”, a feel good collective action that produces little or no social change. I’ve participated in a few forms of this via Facebook. Most of the time I ignore these sometimes politically charged campaigns, but if it revolves around celebrities or feminism, I’m all in.

Take Miley Cyrus’s My Friend’s Place, for instance, which she publicly announced its launch at the 2014 VMA’s. The campaign’s purpose is to help the homeless youth in L.A. There was a contest done through Prizeo, where if you donated to the organization, you received special gifts and a chance to meet Cyrus, herself at her tour stop in Rio. I donated and then spread awareness via Facebook and Instagram.

To others, this may not be seen as a form of “slacktivism” since it didn’t really go viral. I rarely saw others post about it, besides those associated with Prizeo and Cyrus. The only disconnect between action and social change centers around participants’ reasons for donating (perks vs. philanthropy). Personally, I think the campaigns that aren’t well known, unlike the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, receive more money. It comes across as a trustworthy foundation if it’s on an official site, other than a trending Facebook activity. It also makes me feel more important when it’s not a part of a fad. Not everyone is donating to Cyrus’s organization. But I did. Because I support her and her efforts. It gives me an extra push because a lot of people look down on her, but she’s doing good in the world whether they see it or not.

A potential improvement to the stars efforts, would be to keep rerunning it on Prizeo. Once the winners were revealed, the contest stopped, and I’m sure donations dropped drastically. If she held a contest every month on Prizeo or through another medium, donations would pick back up and it may even create a steady flow of money for the homeless youth of L.A.

Tshirt from the Prizeo/Cyrus Campaign for My Friend's Place
Tshirt from the Prizeo/Cyrus Campaign for My Friend’s Place

MTV’s VMAs: Miley Shocks the Nation; but not with the use of her tongue

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This year’s Video Music Awards, hosted in Los Angeles, differed drastically from 2013’s award show, especially with Miley Cyrus’s appearances. Her first performance of her single “We Can’t Stop” shocked not only the audience present, but the viewers at home, and millions of others post airing. She provocatively danced with Robin Thicke, and we will never forget how she suggestively used that infamous foam finger. But, this year, was completely different. She didn’t perform, but attended due to her nominations. She won video of the year and sent a homeless young adult, Jesse Helt, to accept on her behalf. It kicked off her new charity for young homeless people in LA, known as My Friend’s Place. She’s raised over $20,000 since then and continues in her efforts to help. Of course, due to her originality and reputation, the nation was still shocked, but in a different sense. Instead of condemning Miley’s actions, they were overall praised. People seem to think Cyrus had changed when she had Helt give an acceptance speech. Yet, Miley has always been charitable through over 30 various organizations such as Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, and Music for Relief. She’s expressing every part of who she is, provocative, talented, wild, and relevant to this case, charitable.

In more current news, Miley Cyrus continues to add to her tattoo collection, and filled in some of her finger tats. The, once hollow heart that remains as a Cyrus family tradition, is now filled in with a galaxy design. The star also added an alien head and a watermelon slice. The eye on her pointer finger is also filled in with pigments of blue and white. Miley’s tattoos, whether sentimental, or impulsive, exist as a key characteristic of her persona.

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour Outlet for Animal Activism

On August 9, I attended the Bangerz tour at Louisville, Kentucky’s Yum Center. The continuation of the trippy videos, played alongside Miley Cyrus’s singing, came to a halt after the artist sang Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. One of her dogs, Floyd, passed away this past Spring, around the same time my own little brother (dog), passed, as well. The overtly open, passionate entertainer has always had a soft heart towards animals. About three years ago, she rescued a dog, who now goes by Happy, abandoned outside of a Walmart. On the hot August evening of the concert, Miley had a heart-to-heart with the audience, spurred by a front row fan’s gift. A multitude of concert-goers with large wallets and floor seats, threw gifts of fandom affection at Cyrus throughout the duration of the event. One in particular was a bracelet with rhinos and hippos. It inspired a speech on how we should help as many animals as we can. She urged Kentuckians, who have a lot of land, to rescue these helpless creatures and to use the resources we have to benefit the world around us. Miley may repeatedly shock the society in which we live, but there’s more to the pop-star than her provocative persona.

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