This picture of Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) seems to have struck a very odd chord. At least from my perspective.
Some people have actually called this father/daughter pose "lewd". I want some of what they are smoking. Actually, I don’t. It’s got them all fucked up in the head.
What I see here is a father who appears to have a meaningful relationship with his teenage daughter. And not a lot of fathers can make that claim.
Me, I kiss and hug my 17 year old daughter every day and my 19 year old son kisses me hello and goodbye – even in front of his friends. I am PROUD of that.
People who see evil in this lovely photo of a caring father and a loving daughter are seeing a reflection of the evil in their own hearts, as far as I can tell. I can’t understand why anyone who has a pure heart would have an issue with this photo – or a photo with her with a "naked back" – a picture the press is calling "topless" because that gets more attention. I am VERY conservative with my daughter (my son as well, for that matter) – still, her bathing suit on the beach shows more than Miley’s "topless" photo.
Personally, I love it when my daughter and I are watching a scary movie and she sits closer to me. I LIKE being the guy in her life she can trust, and count on, and feel safe with. I love her being 17 us still have that relationship. I hope we always do.
And I think Karoli (who is my age) put it best in Twitter today, in response to my ramblings about this issue:
And my response to her was, "Me too".
Sometimes we al need our fathers, or or mothers. Or just a good friend.
Someone to lean on for a bit.
And I see nothing wrong with a daughter leaning on her father. In fact, I think it is totally fucking awesome.
Miley, if you haven’t learned it yet, learn it now. What other people think of you should no define you. And it will not. Unless you allow it to.
You get the best of both worlds, Miley Cyrus sings in the theme song of her hugely popular Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana. Its a reference to her characters secret double life as both a rock star AND a normal schoolgirl. Offscreen, though, this 15-year-old phenom is starting to learn how hard it really is to have the best of both worlds: as a G-rated Disney superstar AND a real-life, growing teenager with an eye on a long career.