Miley Cyrus and the Molly Experience

Posted on 09/13/2013 by John Poland CEO, Town Hall Foundation
Miley Cyrus, the Disney Hanna Montana heart throb has grown up. After years of teen success, the pop star has graduated into her singing career and appears to be testing the waters of adult lyrics to her youthful audience.  

Her “We Can’t Stop” new release includes the following: “La-da-di-da-di, we like to party/Dancing with Molly”.  For the casual listener, not a powerful line.  But when you consider that Molly is the street term for Ecstasy, a popular date rape drug, not so fast.

Here we have a lily white, Disney protégée graduating into likes of Madonna or Britney Speers. While it may be good for record sales, it is not good for the teen listener. The childhood studies we support are clear that the lyrics will impact childhood development and the attendant bad behavior.   Miley and her handlers produced a video of “We Can’t Stop” which is posted on YouTube. My impression is that Miley is going after the Lady Gaga or Rihanna audience and selling out the Disney image.  Time will tell if that is a commercial success or just a trip on a road she should travel.

We don’t ask that Miley be a role model, but we do ask that she clean up her act and keep her lyrics on the tame side.

That’s the message for today, more coming.