Miley’s Faith

Thanks to the AP for this lovely photo of Miley Cyrus. Her eyes look dramatic, don’t they?

A big round of applause to Dave Garrison for today’s Miley Cyrus update.

Clean-cut teen Miley Cyrus of “Hannah Montana” celebrity recently spoke about her faith in a Fox News interview saying, “I think it’s my faith that keeps me grounded, especially because I’m a Christ follower for sure. Live like Christ and he’ll live in you, and that’s what I want to do” (full article). Looks like Miley is embracing some “emergent church” terminology smartly referring to herself as a “Christ follower” and not a “Christian”, a distinction that I also like to make.

What I don’t like is this–the fact that Fox News has chosen to call their section on entertainers, “Pop Tarts”. They are not referring to a tasty toaster pastry, but rather a derogatory term. According to, a tart is “a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money.” has a colorful array of definitions for “pop tart”, which include “a lip synching teeny bopper bimbo on MTV who acts trampy” and “the use of “pop-tart” as an adjective for a slatternly pop singer was first coined by Mark Hänser in the Long Beach (California) Union Daily in 1983, first in reference to “Pat Bena-tart” then famously about Scandal’s Patty Smyth (of “Goodbye To You” and “The Warrior” fame.” Whatever the case, while some entertainers do indeed act “tarty”, it is a derogatory term, which I find offensive. I mean, they mention Abigail Breslin in the same news section…she’s 11! Abigail and Miley are certainly not tarts, and seem to be nice young ladies with bright futures.

This is why I blog about Miley Cyrus so much–I think she’s a great role model. She doesn’t bear her belly or show off her cleavage, but still manages to dress chic. Instead of running around partying and drinking, she says that she hasn’t dated much (although it’s rumored that she is dating one of the Jonas brothers). From what I can tell, Miley is under an enormous amount of pressure and has thus far remained a great role model for girls.

0 thoughts on “Miley’s Faith

  1. Heh, I would have never have guessed as for her to say all that to the press, that takes guts for a teenager. Interesting.
    And her eyes do look dramatic in the photo… can we say that someone photoshopped that a lot?

  2. Well, thank you for mentioning me and MY definition for “pop-tart” in the pop-culture sense. It’s unfortunate that Fox News is using it indiscriminately + it’s certainly not appropriate to call a teen-age Christian girl a “tart.”

    🙂 Mark Hänser in Boston

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