Miley Cyrus Documentary Premieres
No kidding. Following the release of comeback single "We Can't Stop" and the twerk seen 'round the world at the MTV VMAs, it seems like the entire Internet is abuzz with the question: What Is Miley Cyrus Thinking? Miley: The Movement aims to answer that query, straight from Cyrus' own mouth, when it aired Wednesday night on MTV.
MTV started following Cyrus back in February of 2013 for the doc — before she cut off her hair, before the forthcoming Bangerz was a topic of conversation, before the world knew she was working with Pharrell and had ditched her longtime record label (the Disney-owned Hollywood Records) and manager. But the focus here ends up being the time period between the June 3rd release of "We Can't Stop" to her August 25th VMA performance and its aftermath.
The documentary's set-up is a smart reminder that Cyrus has been in the public eye for most of her life. She's been on television since she was 9 years old and her massive successes, both in acting and music, have helped create a perception of who she is: Hannah Montana. Cyrus perceives a double standard; Lady Gaga, for example, is clearly quite different than she was as a child. So why does the public demand that Cyrus be a kid forever?
Her mother, Tish Cyrus, sets up a conflicting idea when she explains that all this time in the public eye, including growing up with her famous father Billy Ray Cyrus, helped Miley understand the difference between performance and private life. The young lady herself, in diametric opposition to that sentiment, repeatedly tells MTV's cameras that what we are seeing is "the bad bitch I really am," that she is working hard to make sure every element of what she presents is "cool" and that even when things look weird it's all a part of her plan. So it's unclear: is Cyrus putting on a performance, or showing us the real and raw 21-year-old version of herself?
One thing that is very clear, however, is that while Cyrus cares about her fans, there isn't going to be a lot of lip service about how this is "for the fans." This time, it's for her. A lot more.