A singer who seems to have been commanding the net of late, Miley Cyrus' new 'Wrecking Ball' video has sparked a wave of criticism. The latest high-profile critic to stand up against this is Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox. Defending the role of women in pop music, Lennox took to Facebook to say how she was 'disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos'.
A critique not purely leveled at Cyrus, Lennox stated that there has been a 'tidal wave of sexualised imagery', notably in performances from other singers like Rihanna and Kesha. Lennox's words follow that of Sinead O'Connor who penned a 1,000 word blog post, a sort of 'open-letter', to Cyrus. In this, O'Connor calls out to Cyrus urging her not to 'let the music business make a prostitute of you'.
Certainly, the actions of artists like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are likely to be having a great influence on younger fans. Indeed, Lennox states that 'boundaries need to be put in place so that young kids aren't barraged by market forces exploiting the "normalisation" of explicit sex in underage entertainment'.
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