Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Video Essay

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Jessica Daum
Scott Hinkle
English 101
11/6/13
      Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball video — A Wreck of an Argument

When child-actress-gone-singer Miley Cyrus released the music video for “Wrecking Ball” off her new album Bangerz, teenagers and young adults who grew up with Miley listened and watched her sing about heartache. The music video took a simple approach to the ballad, which is about girl’s feelings of grief and displeasure after the end of a romantic relationship. Scenes included Cyrus swinging naked on a wrecking ball, seductively licking a sledgehammer and being sprawled out on the floor in skimpy clothing.   Though the intention of the music video was to reflect feelings of grief and displeasure after the end of her romantic relationship, the explicit sexual nature of the video undermines the meaning behind the song.
      While Miley sings about heartbreak, she uses her nudity, a wrecking ball and a sledgehammer to portray symbolism in her song. Miley swinging on a wrecking ball symbolizes how hard the end of the relationship hit her. Her nudity, symbolizes how she was stripped of whom she was, because of the emotional damage done to her through heartbreak. Lastly, the seductive licking of the sledgehammer symbolized her obsessive masochistic way of secretly loving the pain. Despite trying to portray her feelings in an abstract and metaphorical way, Miley’s music video ended up coming across as overdramatic, inappropriate, and in a sense, masochistic. These themes present in the music video along with the sex appeal override the ethos and true meaning behind the song.
As a young female, Miley Cyrus hopes to relate to her main audience, who are teenagers and young adults that also experience heartbreak and emotional pain in similar ways. Those teenagers and young adults who have grown up with her and support her through her career love her just the way she is. Many of her fans who support her video say it was very creative. One fan, states, “I like...

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