Nearly everyone was buzzing about the bizarre performance by former good girl Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. Shortly after the performance, she did another video, where she was licking a hammer and hanging on a wrecking ball in a very suggestive way.
Cyrus has been compared to Madonna for her outrageous behavior, designed to get attention. But some are concerned that she has gone too far. Even an organization with her father on the board of directors has condemned her performance as highly inappropriate.
Writing for Charisma News, Jennifer LeClaire asks bluntly if Miley Cyrus has made a deal with the devil. She defines the deal to be one where Cyrus has shown a willingness to do anything, with anyone, in order to sell more records.
The author mentions Cyrus’ Christian upbringing to make her point:
Think about it for a minute. Miley Ray Cyrus was born into a Christian family. Actually, her real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus. The former Hannah Montana star was raised Christian and baptized in a Southern Baptist church. She wore a purity ring when she was younger, signaling her commitment to practice abstinence until marriage. Now she’s making news for nipple slips and more.
So what went wrong?
Whatever happened, it didn’t happen overnight. You can see the slow decline of Miley’s sweetie-pie persona over at least the past five years.
LeClaire mentions how years ago, John Travolta sought to recruit Cyrus into the Church of Scientology. It was a year later that she started to gain a reputation as a party girl, even at the age of 16. By 2011, the cat was out of the bag, with Miley getting tattoos and starting to show more of her true personality. She even told her fans to forget Jesus:
In 2012, articles started popping up like “Is Miley Cyrus a Convert From Christian to atheist?” and “Miley Cyrus Loses Her Religion” after she tweeted, “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”
LeClaire says that while she doesn’t know if Cyrus has sold her soul to the devil, she does know that she sold out to the world in order to obtain fame and fortune. You can read more of LeClaire’s article here.