Miley Cyrus is like… so popular!

If you’re a parent of girls… you know the name.

If you work with junior high girls… they know the name.

If you work with high school girls… they still know the name, but are pretty hush, hush about it.

Miley Cyrus is the hottest thing since the Rubik’s cube! (wow… where did that obscure 80′s reference come from?) 

For those of you who don’t know… Miley’s show Hanna Montana dominates the number one spot on TV for kids, at times keeping up with the big boys.  Her concerts sell out in minutes. Her new concert film just set a web tickets sales record.

As a parent of 10 and 12-year-old girls, I’ve kept my eye on her show. It’s actually pretty good. Most of all- it’s clean.

In this CNN article she was just interviewed about her success. Here’s “like” a snippet:

Q: Your tour was one of the highest-grossing tours, right up there with the Police and Justin Timberlake. What do you think about that?

MILEY: Sometimes, “It’s like wow, I really have to be good.” Especially when you hear what people are doing for tickets. It’s like this is their one chance to see the show and it’s the one night I’m going to be here so it has to be perfect.

Q: Do the problems of other young stars, like Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy, put more pressure on you to set a better example for kids?

MILEY: It does, but I mean those persons don’t have anything to do with me either. So it’s like you just have your own heart and you have your own soul to kind of help you through life.

Q: Do you ever wish that you could just be a regular 15-year-old instead of a teen phenom?

MILEY: I do sometimes, but then again it definitely is fun and it’s been really nice because having my uncle as like my bodyguard and my mom with me and my dad, working with him. My family wants the best for me so they try to find a way so that I can still go out and hang with my friends and also have a normal life of my own.

She’s one to watch. She is by far THE biggest role model in the lives of young American girls today.

She’s had some people trying to pin some garbage on her, but it seems like she’s kept a pretty clean slate.

I admit, I was a little bit discouraged with the dress she wore to the 2007 Teen Choice Awards last year. But, in her defense, that is the way this generation is dressing. And if no one is teaching her differently…

Sigh.

I just know as a dad of little girls… my girls aren’t going out in dresses that advertise that much realestate. (And the guys they date are gonna have a little “sit down” talk with me while I’m cleaning my 12 gage!)

Keep Miley in your prayers. It can’t be easy to be in the limelight like this. But at the same time, I hope she realizes that she’s being watched. With fame comes great responsibility.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.
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3 Responses to Miley Cyrus is like… so popular!

  1. Good post. Yea, I def. know the name. I’m the a Minister to Families at my church so I work with children through high school so I definitely am well acquainted with Miss Miley. She seems to be handling things well, but wow, what pressure.

  2. scott says:

    Yes, my girls, 10 and 7, are really into her. They did go see the movie last Sunday. I hope she can avoid the pitfalls of others.
    I already had to deal with the inappropriate information about the star of HSM.
    Forces me to have to deal with things as a parent that I am not ready for yet. Ugh!!

  3. David says:

    Jonathan,

    Great update on a pop culture icon that so many of our teens are looking at. And, thank God, most of them are doing so for good reasons!

    I was recently speaking at a High School student event, and was really surprised by the number of HS students that are familiar with Hannah Montana.

    The youth pastor I was speaking for was simply playing some theme songs and giving away small prizes to the first student who could name the show the song was taken from. I was pretty shocked that he was even brave enough to play the theme song from such a “childish” show at a HS students-only event. Then I was completely blown away by the number of HS girls AND BOYS that were singing along to the hit theme song.

    Pretty eye opening for me! Good call on praying for her, too. My two year old son LOVES Miley and I thank God that he has her as a celebrity role model. I hope she will contine to portray a wholesome image as her career continues to take off.

    Thanks for the blog!