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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Miley took inspiration from Music/{{Kesha}} and created an image for herself that isn't actually true in order to boost her music career and create "scandals" in a press-drive world.
** Considering the intense scrutiny and criticism Miley has endured in the media from the very beginning, either due to her [[ContractualPurity squeaky-clean Disney roots or for anything that veered from them in the slightest]], real or imagined (being given death threats on {{Twitter}} for speaking out for gay marriages, which led to her decision to leave the site for a year, can't have helped), one can say at least ''some'' or her image makeover might be fueled by a need to [[RebelliousPrincess stick it to the press and those that nitpick her every move]]. It can also be thought to be part of a need for a more honest image than much of the pop world.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Although the music video for "We Can't Stop" is already bizarre, the one moment unlike the rest is the poor CGI face mechanically mouthing to the pitched-down "it's our party, we can do what we want" verse. There's little explaining how it relates to the crazy party happening in the video.
** To a somewhat lesser extent, her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGz-L8iQrMg self-described "twerking" video to J. Dash's "WOP"]], compared to the rest of her output. It's shot in grainy black and white in an empty photo set, and features her dancing provocatively in a unicorn costume for two minutes. Supposedly, she did it on a whim after she had a few minutes alone after a photoshoot, but the video quickly got picked up by the tabloids after she posted it to her Twitter account.
* BrokenBase: [[http://i2.listal.com/image/4266517/936full-miley-cyrus.jpg The new haircut]]. It doesn't help that [[http://www.eonline.com/news/385314/miley-cyrus-i-will-never-have-long-hair-again?utm_source=eonline Miley wants to keep it permanently]] because it's easier to maintain.
** Also, y'know, her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance.
** In a more basic sense she has fans of her Hannah Montana era, her pre Bangerz era, and her comeback with her album ''Bangerz'' in America.
* CoveredUp: "These Four Walls" is an old Cheyenne Kimball song.
** "East Northumberland High" and "Start All Over" from ''Meet Miley Cyrus'' were written and recorded by Samantha Jo Moore and Fefe Dobson, respectively.
** "Kicking And Screaming" from her EP ''The Time Of Our Lives'' is a cover of an international bonus track from Music/AshleeSimpson's ''I Am Me'' album. The EP doesn't credit Simpson for co-writing it, for unknown reasons.
** "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go", from a Music/BobDylan charity tribute album.
** The covers of songs in her online ''Backyard Sessions'' videos count. She has so far covered "Lilac Wine", a Nina Simone cover popularized by JeffBuckley; "Look What They've Done To My Song Ma" by Melanie, and "Jolene" by her godmother Music/DollyParton.
** "Adore You" was written by obscure hip-hop soul singer Stacy Barthe.
* CriticalResearchFailure: She did ''not'' invent twerking. The media also failed to recognize that twerking is an English place-name term.
* DieForOurShip: The kids who grew up with Music/NickJonas and her have still yet to let it go.
* EarWorm: Plenty. Songs from ''Series/HannahMontana'' like "Best of Both Worlds", "Nobody's Perfect", upbeat tracks such as "Who Owns My Heart" "7 Things" and her more serious ones like "The Climb", "When I Look at You", "Ready, Set, Don't Go", "Forgiveness and Love", "We Can't Stop"...
* FandomRivalry: Her fans and Music/SelenaGomez fans don't really get along. Ironic because the two girls get along great.
** After her record label's executives got so defensive of her that they started deleting [=YouTube=] videos for simply criticizing her, fans of the ''WebVideo/{{React}}'' series by the Fine Brothers now hate her.
** {{Cher}} fans and Miley fans have gone to war over who sang Miley's song "I Hope You Find It" better. Both Miley and Cher do follow each other on {{Twitter}}, though.
* FetishRetardant:
** Few people find her perfomance at 2013 [=VMAs=] sexy. Even Music/{{Rihanna}}, who is well-known for dressing in kinky outfits, [[http://www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2013726/rs_560x415-130826093736-560.2miley.ls.82613.jpg looked uncomfortable]] watching it.
** Similarly, few find the "Wrecking Ball" music video sexy in any way. WordOfGod says there was little or no attempt to be "sexy" in the video, that it was an emotional song about a breakup, but the media merely focused on the Naked!Miley aspect and [[InnocentFanserviceGirl drew the conclusion]] it was meant to be "sexy". Which people would take seriously if she wasn't [[BrokenAesop seductively licking a sledgehammer.]]
* FridgeBrilliance: When she hosted ''SNL'' in season 39, she told the audience that she wasn't going to do a ''Hannah Montana'' parody, but she was going to give them an update about what she's been doing: she was murdered. It seems like a TakeThat to the show, but it could easily be one at people who didn't watch the show because anyone who did would know that Hannah ceased to be once her secret identity was revealed.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: On her ''Bangerz'' tour, which began in February 2014, a giant statue of her dog Floyd is wheeled in for Miley's performance of "Can't Be Tamed". This staging lends some unintended poignancy/discomfort by March/April 2014, after the sad news of Floyd's unexpected death; Miley herself broke down in tears upon seeing the giant Floyd statue onstage.
* HarsherInHindsight: A [[http://content.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1733748_1733752_1734628,00.html#ixzz0pT6GawvW write-up]] of Miley penned by FormerChildStar Donny Osmond when she was listed in the Time Top 100 of 2008 carried these prophetic lines:
-->Within three to five years, Miley will have to face adulthood. Fans grow up, and their youthful interests quickly dissolve. Her challenge will be overcoming the Hannah Montana stereotype. Miley's fans are not thinking about the fact that she will grow up too. As she does, she'll want to change her image, and that change will be met with adversity. It's next to impossible to fight, embrace, use or love your image. Trust me. I've seen this all play out before; it's the same ball game, just different players in a different time.
* HilariousInHindsight: In one episode of ''HannahMontana'', Miley quips that at some point she'll have to dance around in her underwear. Fast forward to her 2013 [=VMAs=] performance...
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: "Goodbye" is about a couple who realize they want to get back together. Considering that Miley's parents reconciled after announcing their divorce twice, it comes off as very touching.
* HilariousInHindsight: A scene in her ''Can't Be Tamed'' video has her arms transforming into [[Film/BlackSwan black feathered wings...]]
** "See You Again" features the lyrics "I have a heart that will ''never be tamed''".
** A ''Hannah Montana'' episode has Miley Stewart experimenting with her image to bring edginess to her act, after observing a Music/{{Madonna}}-[[{{Expy}} like musical hero]] of hers change her image regularly. One of the image makeovers is a [[http://www.childstarlets.com/captures/videocaps/mcyrus/hannah50/mchmzy59.jpg very Gothic/punk-like look]] with spiky hair, freaky make-up and leather. In more recent years, Miley Cyrus ''herself'' [[http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/headlines/2012/12/miley-cyrus-vh1-divas-performance-watch-now.jpg has experimented with a similar look]] in RealLife.
** An ABC News interview with Miley during her ''Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Best of Both Worlds Tour'', which Cyrus and her fans posted links to on Website/{{Twitter}}, featured Miley showing Barbara Walters a photo of [[TheSixties 1960s]] fashion icon Twiggy and her spiky, short haircut, remarking that someday, Miley would like to have her hair cut similarly. Fast forward a few years, and she's finally done so.
** Any joking comments in pop culture, from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' to ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' to the "Bob Miley" incident on her 20th birthday alluding to her as a [[TheStoner secret stoner]] due to her New Orleans salvia incident come across this way now, now that she's admitted to be an actual marijuana user in 2013.
** The fourth episode of ''Hannah Montana'' is titled "It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To" In 2013, she made a song with the lyrics "It's my party and I'll do what I want to."
** Miley Stewart tries to get a reaction from her father Robbie Ray, who is sarcastically indifferent to her after she defiantly sneaks Jesse past him in her house against his wishes and is discovered with him, in the ''HannahMontana'' episode "He Could Be The One", by mentioning she doesn't know what clothes to wear to a TV performance, so she'll decide to ''perform in her birthday suit''. Cue 2013 and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video.
* HoYay: Lots of it. She's very close with her female friends both on and offscreen. She also kissed {{Katy Perry}} during her ''Bangerz'' tour.
* HypeBacklash: Considering how hard she was pushed by Disney and how much of a CashCowFranchise ''Hannah Montana'' was, it was inevitable. However, a good chunk (possibly the majority) of the Backlash isn't against her, but more against Disney for shoving the whole ''Hannah'' thing down our throats for so long.
* InternetBackdraft: Her executives deleting random videos for simply criticizing her invoked this, as it was seen as undemocratic, petty and pathetic. Unfortunately, ''she'' appears to be the target of the hatred instead of the executives who probably deserve this more.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Some parts of America started hating her after she got sexier, so she took her tour elsewhere, mainly South America and Australia where she was successful in the "Can't Be Tamed" era.
* JumpingTheShark: To some, she crossed this point once she stopped playing the part of Hannah Montana and started undergoing outlandishly "wild" behavior. This crowd sees her behavior as either disgusting and repulsive, claims that it's an obvious sign that she's trying too hard to get rid of her ContractualPurity image and is acting childish, or both. Quite a few parents of kids who were raised on ''Hannah Montana'' are less than thrilled with her behavior, to say the least.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Seriously, she's been paired with almost everyone that she's ever met.
* MemeticMutation: [[IncomingHam I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL!!!]]
* MindScrew: She plays the trope for all it's worth with her 2013-2014 live performances and appearances, and her ''MTV Unplugged'' performance from 2014. People in dancing horse suits, rainbow, unicorn and teddy bear costumes, Miley's often provocative and/or colorful costumes and outfits, even much of the pyro and screen projections. Her friend Cheyne Thomas dressed in a "sexy Santa" outfit at Jingle Ball 2013 also counts. She [[http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/5869822/miley-cyrus-bangerz-tour-8-things-to-expect promises more]] in her ''Bangerz'' tour of 2014.
** The psychedelic, surrealistic photos she posts on {{Instagram}} look like they're going for this trope as well.
** In 2014, she debuted her [[http://www.vmagazine.com/site/content/3000/miley-cyrus-dirty-hippie very surrealistic, structural pop art]][[note]]strategically and conceptually gluing things to other things[[/note]] in an exhibit titled "Dirty Hippie". A lot of thought ''did'' go into it, but the result does qualify as a MindScrew.
* {{Narm}}: The Climb is seen as this, also NarmCharm obviously by those who like it. When I Look At You could also apply.
** Her performance of "Wrecking Ball" at the American Music Awards featured her singing in front of a giant kitten that was lipsynched to her song. It's already goofy to pair that up with a somber song to begin with, but at one point it starts '''crying''' in the goofiest way possible.
* NeverLiveItDown: She's probably ''never'' gonna get over her performance at the 2013 [=VMAs=]. Less than 24 hours after it aired, it reached memetic status.
** [[WordOfGod Miley mentioned in an MTV documentary]] that she wanted to join in the spirit of outrageousness of the show and have a fun time, and that she felt as people would talk anyway, she would have rather have people "talking about her for two weeks rather than for two minutes".
** It's almost a given her Disney-era scandals and controversies will continue to be discussed online and show up in Google searches even now that she outgrew her IdolSinger period.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Maintains this attitude towards her controversial status.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Despite what many older people seem to think, Miley did ''not'' singlehandedly invent "twerking"; the dance move was around for about a decade before her solo career started. She did, however, greatly popularize the word, as it had largely been a niche term among hip-hop fans before her performance at the 2013 [=VMAs=].
* PeripheryDemographic: Despite being marketed to young girls. Apparently, she's popular with Hell's Angels (well, the type who give to hospitals etc.) and with boy-racers, unbelievably. She also has a significant gay male fanbase.
** Also she, her music and her show do have a young adult fanbase.
* SheReallyCanAct: Although she is still weighed down by her status as a Disney star, Miley is capable of delivering genuinely good performances, such as ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' and ''Film/TheLastSong''. Even ''Hannah Montana'' was filled with these moments (namely that, despite her age, she showed some pretty sharp comedic timing.)
** Also her role on ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' was praised for her comedic ability.
** Her appearances on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in recent years, either as host or in cameos, are great ratings draws, and are often considered highlights of the seasons she appears in. Even when the episodes themselves are criticized, it's usually not due to Miley's performances.
** Her performances during the ''Bangerz'' tour and with recent cover versions such as [[BobDylan Bob Dylan's]] "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (for a 2011 charity tribute album) and a live, raw performance of [[LedZeppelin Led Zeppelin's]] "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" (released on Soundcloud in 2014) have recieved praise for her vocals.
* SignatureSong: "Party in the U.S.A."
* SnarkBait: Her post-Disney image has been the source of much mockery by the press due to being seen as [[WereStillRelevantDammit trying to stay relevant]] or [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy trying to act black.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Music/{{AWOLNATION}} fans immediately took notice to "Wrecking Ball" sounding a lot like "Sail"
** WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows also points out that it bears resemblance to Music/{{Gotye}}'s "Somebody That I Used to Know" (not helping that the music videos for both songs feature the singer(s) naked).
* TearJerker: "Robot", "When I Look at You", "Goodbye", "These Four Walls", "Take Me Along", "Bottom of the Ocean", "The Climb", "Stay", "Wrecking Ball", "I Miss You".
** Add the RealitySubtext behind "7 Things" to its music video, with random teenage girls, often in tears and anger, emoting to Miley's lyrics as if singing to their own exes, and it can be tearjerking too.
** In some ways (though not completely a joyless period) the spring of 2014 can count. She loses her beloved dog Floyd to a coyote attack, breaks down on stage (one prop used on tour is a giant statue of Floyd, wheeled in for performances of "Can't Be Tamed"), she suffers through flu symptoms and a sinus infection, then suffers a severe allergic reaction to the antibiotics used to treat the sinus infection and is laid out in a hospital for up to a month ridding herself of the side effects. Her tour is postponed until August, and something of a backlash against her over the canceled tour dates rises while gossip papers invent rumors than she is in hospital because she is pregnant or has suffered from a drug overdose. Fortunately, by May, she had recovered.
* ValuesDissonance: Considered to be the female DavidBowie (in a visual not musical sense) and not criticized as much over in the United Kingdom. Certainly in the Midlands, where the term "Midland Miley" fell into slang as a neologism to describe any girl or woman who dresses or has a haircut like Miley Cyrus, but speaks with a Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Black Country or Birmingham accent.
* [[WereStillRelevantDammit I'm Still Relevant, Dammit!]]: Her new "bad girl" image is often seen as a heavy-handed attempt to stay relevant by copying her hedonism-promoting/artsy pop contemporaries like Music/{{Kesha}} and Music/LadyGaga.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Her performance at the [=MuchMusic=] Awards in 2010. Then came her VMA's performance in 2013, which ''does'' in fact look like it was made on drugs. '''Lots''' of drugs.
** The MindScrew that was her "Start All Over" video, made when she was 15.
** The "Wrecking Ball" video.
* WTHCostumingDepartment: Her outfit at the infamous 2013 [=VMAs=].
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