Retarded Parents Produce Stupid Kids

I thought that Miley would be someone that my girls who they could look up to, but I guess that I was wrong. Thanks a lot Miley!
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Many comments left in response to the article about Miley Sirus’ Vanity Fair cover fiasco are way more entertaining than the story itself. These comments are from parents who are upset because their kids’ role model is now disgraced after posing for “inappropriate” pictures for the magazine. What’s inappropriate is their kids even having a role model such as Myley Sirus. What do people even know about her to encourage their kids to look up to her? Is she a future Nobel Prize winner? Maybe she will cure cancer? Is she a great artist, composer, writer? Winner of American Idol? Up-and-coming porn star? (that may be). For all these people know, she could be torturing kittens, be a bully on a rare day when she shows up at school, she could have eating disorders, she could be a pathological liar and steal her neighbor’s paper.How can you possibly present her or any celebrity as a role model for your kids based on her 30 minute show on Disney Channel and an occasional concert is beyond me. No wonder these children have problems when they grow up.

Of course when I was growing up there were no shortage of role models offered to me and they weren’t some creepy child-actors who could sing and jump on stage. They were bona fide heroes: Pavlik Morozov – a 13-year old boy who denounced his father to the authorities and was in turn killed by his family, Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya – a 17-year old who was caught trying to sabotage Germans during the war and was tortured and killed, or Alexei Maresiev – a war pilot who was shot down, lost both legs trying to get back to the hospital, then trained himself to fly with prosthetic legs and returned back to being a pilot. There were hundreds and thousands of others. There were books about them, songs, movies, poems, their portraits hung in our classrooms. Years later we found out that some of their stories were nothing but well produced propaganda. Others were true heroes who are still honored many years later. Despite the abundance of supplied role models, I never wanted to be like them or look up to them. I admired their actions, cried when their lives tragically ended but I could always separate the action from the actor. This may not be the case with the false role models of today.

The only people who I knew in real life were my parents and relatives. They were my real role models. My Father was a doctor with a gift and a selfless dedication to his patients and profession; a writer, a poet, with great sense of humor; a true intellectual. From his childhood in the Jewish ghetto under German occupation, his father never returned from WWII, he went on through discrimination and poverty to become a beloved and respected physician. Many people whose lives he saved or touched came to remember him at his funeral. He was a hero to them. He is a hero to me.

I hope that if anything my daughter gets from me (besides liking strange-for-Americans Russian foods) it’s enough common sense to tell the difference between someone like Miley Sirus or whoever else Disney Channel thinks she should look up to, and real everyday role models who are around her and not on TV. Miley Sirus’s come and go, sometimes forgotten, sometimes disgraced, their likenesses scattered amidst garage sales and donations to the Salvation Army. That’s not the road you want your child to follow. Or maybe you do. Then reread the title of this post.

  • Meesha, you’re singin’ my song. I can’t tell you how much I hope my daughter looks up to strong, independent women instead of the likes of Miley Cyrus.
    I shudder at the thought of her future idols. I’ve shielded her from such BS as the Disney Princesses…I tell her everyday who the real Anastasia and Pocahantos were. She will not watch that Revisionist History shit.
    I hate the idea of our girls growing up to be sex kittens before they are ready.

    I don’t deplore or down play the beauty of a woman..nor the power of sexuality they can hold, but, seriously, at 15….gross.

    I hope my daughter looks up to the likes of Jean Donovan, Sarah Johnson (Rev. Thomas Johnson’s wife) or Eleanor Roosevelt for Pete’s sake, Carrie Nation or Lyda Conley before she looks to Hannah Montana….Maybe it’s just me….

    I admire you as a good father…

  • Day-um, Meesha! Don’t hold back! I heard the story unfold on NPR this morning, and one person wondered why a girl who was selling out venues and had her own TV show needed even more exposure by modeling for Vanity Fair. I wonder if dear Miley really wanted to do this to prove she’s growing up and she’s ready to shed her goody-goody image but didn’t expect such a backlash…remember Jessica Biel, Ms. 7th Heaven? (It’s ok if you don’t.) I believe she posed nude for that reason. I’m glad you’re actually parenting your daughter, though I think it’s somewhat difficult to shield kids from all the bimbos out there. After all, there are so many.

  • RDM

    I never got the hype surrounding this little girl. Other than the fact that her dad should be smacked down for pimping her out, does she have any real talent?

  • well, I hate to disappoint you all but I am not shielding my daughter from anything. there are very few movies and/or shows that she is not allowed to watch. for example,she can’t watch “walk hard” because there is a guy swinging his penis across the screen.I think that banning things only makes them more desirable, and I don’t have parental controls turned on my TV. instead, I hope, I am teaching her to see through b.s. and have some common sense. without it, there is no amount of shielding and parental guidance that can help.

  • I guess I’m the weird old lady here, but I don’t see that photo as so bad. But then I don’t get out much.

  • And by the way, how did I end up with that monkey representing me?

  • It’s not a monkey. It’s a Russian cartoon character “Cheburashka”

  • Joe

    I’m right with you, Meesha. Miley Cyrus is no better or worse than any other young woman, she’s got a quasi famous father and has hit the Mother Lode on Disney. Who knows how she really is.
    And from the picture in the link, I don’t think I’d want my daughter posing like that for anyone, much less Annie Liebowitz.

  • AF

    Do you know which stories were propaganda? I’d be interested in hearing more on that.. but good story about your dad Meesha, you get blogger of the week for this post. 😉

  • I linked some names in the post to wikipedia articles that have mentions about post-soviet controversy. similar to Pat Tillman story, or that chick that was liberated during operation “Shock and Awe” and then turned out to be B.S.

  • midtown miscreant

    Great post! I was listening to an interview on NPR about the whole VF debacle. Billy Ray is crying foul and said miley was tricked, seems it was an Achy Breaky photo mistakey. I guess Billy never saw Annie’s photography before. I have her shaving her had and doing the perp walk before she is 20. Good example of real heroes on your part.

  • travel

    Miley Sirus (Hannah Montana) offered impressionable young minds (and their parents) a safe alternative to the sex, drugs and violence that has practically taken over the youth entertainment industry. However, when “parents” started plunking down scalper fees of $300 per ticket to take their kids to see Miley in concert, “they” elevated Miley to the status of super role model and set a terrible materialistic example for their own children. Now, they’re bitching at what an awful thing Miley has done, yet still fail to see what “they” did to their children.

  • This kind of stuff makes me glad I don’t have kids.

  • DLC

    This happens over and over again with young female celebs. Think Jessica Simpson when she was a “virgin” or early Britney or Olsen twins or whoever. People can’t wait to start sexualizing them, and when they finally grow up a little, everybody smacks them down for being sluts. By the way, Miley totally can’t sing—what’s her appeal again?

  • I’m with Donna. I truly don’t see the problem with the photo. I think it’s gorgeous.

    But I don’t have any kids, don’t understand the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus excitement that appears to have taken over the 6 – 12 year olds across the country, and really don’t think my opinion counts for much due to that.

    But I totally hear what you’re saying about role models, Meesha. I looked up to my sisters and teachers and my parents when I was little. I mean, I listened to Tiffany and Madonna, and stuff, but I didn’t want to BE them, by any means. I don’t understand parents getting so riled up over this sort of crap…