Is it just me or is Justin Bieber getting a truck-load of the "Poor Little Rich Kid" treatment in his criminal lifestyle?
More to the point, Bieber gets to bask in the adoration of sympathizing fans while Miley Cyrus, after her hair-raising twerking episode, was instantly branded a "slut".
Both young adults are acting dumb, and yes I would hope for the sake of their lives they would hit rock bottom and start treating their lives as precious instead of disposable. For the record, I don't believe for a second Cyrus is the feminist she thinks she is… but neither do I believe that Bieber is just a wayward lost puppy who needs to have a pat on the head and called home.
The cultural response only reinforces the double standard that men can act out horridly and often receive adulation or sympathy. Women, however, are immediately whores, sluts, sleazy tramps or "Jezebels". I might not have agreed with Miley's performance choice, but I won't brand her a slut.
And Justin… do the crime, do the time. Break the law, pay the price.
Pray for both? Sure!
But don't think for a second that by praying for Justin Bieber it lets us all off the hook from slut-shaming Miley Cyrus. Agree or disagree with a female's actions, we are quicker to brand a woman for life than we are a male.
Taking the conversation a bit further, are women in high-attention industries pressured to act out sexually more than men? My sense is yes, thus the quicker the branding. Gosh, it sounds like we're a herd of cattle.
Where's the grace here?