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If you don’t know Miley Cyrus, your kids probably do – perhaps best as Hannah Montana, the squeaky-clean teen of TV fame. Now, at 20, Cyrus has been working in show business for more than a decade. And after she scandalized viewers with her MTV Video Music Awards “twerking” and her risqué music video from her new album, lots of people seem to have lots to say about Cyrus (and her audience). Here are four more views:

Singer Sinead O’Connor (in an open letter to Cyrus): “I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”

Singer Elton John (on Ellen): “The only purpose for the VMAs, when you have all these big artists competing against each other for attention, is to flatten the opposition. She flattened the opposition.”

Syndicated columnist Mona Charen: “Cyrus is not just aping her sisters Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in attempting to use raunch as an attention magnet. Cyrus’s unique contribution to our cultural sludge is to mainstream kiddie porn. Cyrus’s status as a former Disney star and her use of teddy-bear imagery in a lewd dance amount to sanctioning child porn.”

New York Times Writer Jon Caramanica: “Enough already. Enough with the nose-in-the air repudiations and the false moral panics. Enough of the finger pointing and the slut shaming. Enough with the using of Miley Cyrus as a punching bag. . . . In a remarkably dull moment for pop, with smooth men ruling the roost, Ms. Cyrus has sensed the vacuum and is keen to fill it.”

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