Lately, it seems everyone is giving an opinion on Miley Cyrus – from artists like Sinead O'Connor to Daily Beacon columnists. The latest opinion has come from indie artist Sufjan Stevens, who is known for his experimentation and lyrical humor.
In his open letter to Cyrus, Stevens doesn't address her clothing choices, her VMA performance or her lifestyle. Instead, he pokes fun at her grammar on the album "Bangerz" that she released last week.
At the end of the letter, he compliments her by saying "I love you because you're the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you're the hottest cake in the pan. Don't ever grow old."
This lightness is refreshing in the context of the Miley-absorbed world we've been living in arguably since the "We Can't Stop" video was released last summer. For once, a person has shown some restraint in their judgments on Cyrus and celebrity culture in general.
The past few weeks have been filled with an inundation of everyone offering his or her criticisms and opinions on Cyrus' decisions. Everyone thinks they know her, and they know better how she should handle her life. Really, this problem has been around since before Cyrus was even born, as we first created the idea of "celebrity."
I recently came across a Jimmy Kimmel segment called "Mean Tweets," where celebrities read the insulting things people say about them via Twitter mention. It's a hilarious skit, and we are made to believe that the celebs let the insults roll off their back, too cushioned by their wealth and fame to let any words hurt them.
Twitter has enabled a stream of communication that is personal and impersonal at the same time. On the one hand, we can say whatever we want to celebrities. On the other, we never think about those people actually reading the things we say about them.
Our words have seemingly no consequences.
In Cyrus' MTV documentary "Miley Cyrus: The Movement," Miley says that she doesn't read what people say about her because she would be bothered by it. We may not think of the famous as having many real feelings, but Miley's honesty shows that they do.
And it's not just hurtful comments that perpetuate this barrier between "real people" and celebrities. I have seen many people with compassionate intentions shake their heads sadly and say things like, "Miley is just trying to find her self-worth in the wrong places," and "She needs to see what is really important in life."
These people say this in between comments about their body insecurity, struggles with boys and stress about how their grades will affect their future. And aren't these indicative of where they find their worth?
We all struggle with ourselves and how to live in a world that is always telling us we need to act a certain way, celebrities especially included. We are always so quick to offer our opinions on the lifestyles of the rich and the famous and then blame the society and culture that supposedly created them.
But when we blame "culture" and "society," we forget who those collective nouns are made up of: us.
Claire Dodson is a junior in English. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.