Miley Cyrus’ recent antics and performances have caused so much media attention and cultural critique, I’m surprised it took so long for academics to offer analysis, but better late than never.
A visiting assistant professor of sociology as Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, is offering a class this summer titled “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender, and Media.”
According to signs posted around Skidmore’s campus, the class will include topics like, “The rise of the Disney Princess, Gender stratification and hyper-commodification of childhood, Transitions to adulthood, What happens when Disney stars as they age, Allies and appropriation, Uses of culture across race, class, and gender, and Bisexuality, queerness, and the female body.”
Miley’s recent on-stage interactions with African-American back-up dancers have made her a target of critics accusing her of racism, cultural appropriation and exploitation.
In turn, Miley has been ridiculed for being oblivious to the music industry’s exploitation of her. The Skidmore class must reconcile her dual status as exploiter and exploited.