Miley Cyrus is proud of her pole-dancing performance at Monday night's Teen Choice Awards. Today, some parents think she crossed the line in front of her young fans.
Miley Cyrus Arrives at 2009 Teen Choice Awards
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The 16-year-old singer spent less than a minute on top of an ice cream cart with a pole attached. The performance Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray, planned together is being criticized for trying to pole vault the teen from child star into sexy adult star.
Still images of the performance make the 39-seconds she held the pole look more raunchy than it actually appeared on TV. However, a few suggestive moves made the pole more than a prop to hold on to while she was carted from one side of the stage to the other. In an interview with MTV, Cyrus said singing Party in the USA while dancing on the "blinged-out trailer park" set represents her Tennessee roots and she's happy with that.
Given Cyrus' choice for red carpet fashion at the awards, her bra-showing and short shorts attire during the performance and her recent nose piercing, parents of young children might be wondering if the Hannah Montana star is a good role model for their young children anymore. She's even being called the next Britney Spears, which Cyrus likes to hear.
"For all the people calling me the 'next Britney' THANK U," Cyrus posted through her verified Twitter account. "I couldn't ask for a better compliment."
While Cyrus' performance is the hot buzz and the most memorable moment of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, it overshadowed her own big night. She took home six awards for her music and work on Disney's Hannah Montana. Instead of the young star's accomplishments, people are fixated on the pole-dancing controversy.
We see child stars, especially young girls, trying to make the transition from adorable starlets into adult actresses and singers. At what age this becomes acceptable depends on who you ask.
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