Miley Cyrus: Liberal Secret Weapon

According to Brian Cherry, "the left is losing the pop culture media war in this country." But they have a nefarious plan! And that plan, ladies and gentlemen, is Miley Cyrus.

Here's why Cherry, writing for Big Hollywood, thinks Cyrus is the "perky little Trojan horse" that liberals can use to sully the pure, Christian haven of country music:

— She took racy cell phone pics.
— She did that Vanity Fair shoot.
— She has been "reading about Buddhism."
— She likes RuPaul.

If that doesn't sound like a well-coordinated campaign to capture the hearts and minds of virtuous young conservatives and turn them into promiscuous gay Buddhists, I don't know what does. And Cherry doesn't even mention Miley's little sister's "lingerie" line! He does acknowledge that Cyrus doesn't currently sing country music — so far she's just further destroying the souls of already-fallen pop-loving tweens. But because of her dad, maybe someday she could! And then "she could be a corrupting, left-leaning, influence on an industry that so many liberal elites want to see taken out of the 'red state' column."

Of course, most liberals probably couldn't care less what "column" country music resides in. Like many left-wingers, I like a lot of country artists, including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and of course Johnny Cash. But aside from a desire to see acts I like succeed, I can't imagine wanting to "take over" the genre from the likes of, say, Easton Corbin, whose "A Little More Country Than That" Amanda Marcotte effectively skewers. I don't consider it a political failure when someone makes music I don't like — I just don't listen to it.

Marcotte makes a solid point that country music really wasn't all that virginal to begin with, but the most compelling argument against Cherry's piece is really that in the landscape of American politics, Miley Cyrus is just not that important. Says Marcotte, "Cyrus probably knows less about politics than she does about writing songs." And I will say this: if Miley's really the left wing's secret weapon, we are fucked.

Remember The Maines: Is Miley Cyrus The Next Leftist Trojan Horse Into Country Music? [Big Hollywood]
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