This is a societal conundrum.
So I'm watching E News the other day and they are teasing this new Joe Jonas video that's super sexy. They keep saying how he's grown all grown up now and "steaming up" the screen in his new video with some unknown girl. E News must have teased the "sexy hot" video about 6 times before they showed Joe in an interview and the video.
During the interview they asked him about the "chemistry" between him and the girl and about his new music. It occurred to me that the media was treating this like rite of passage for one of the Jonas Brothers, giving him a proverbial slap on the back, and actually heralding this new sexy Joe Jonas. So I thought about this for a second.
Not that I'm a fan of either one of them, but it made me think of Miley, and herein lies the conundrum. A few years ago, Miley Cyrus tried to do the same thing but she was lambasted in the media for being over sexualized too young. Granted, Miley was about seventeen at the time, but she quickly became a naughty girl in the media and her reputation took a huge hit. Her family even suffered the consequences of the stress of a negative media spotlight. Now I'm not saying we should have a fundraiser for Miley, but what I am saying is the double standard here is not lost on me.
Last time I checked, Miley Cyrus had millions of adoring little girl fans, and the last time I checked, those millions of adoring fans are also fans of The Jonas Brothers. Why is it OK for Joe Jonas to now come out all sexy and studly, and he is patted on the back, even pimped out and promoted in Hollywood? Joe Jonas is is 22 and Miley is 18. In the past few years Miley has amped things up on the "sexual" scale for sure, but she defends herself saying, “Every 18-year-old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things,” she says. “For me there’s no reason to change that. You have to be true to yourself.”
In the face of the media glare, that wants to paint Miley as a harlot she says, "I stay in the house pretty much every day. I don't go out. I've had the same boyfriend for two years."
Look, Mother Theresa she's not, but I couldn't help but see how wrong it is for Hollywood to glamorize Joe Jonas' jump into sexy waters and at the same time try to drown Miley in hers. It's these same people who made millions of dollars off her bubble gum Hannah Montana image that are now ostracizing her for being too sexy too soon.
I just don't get it. It's as if Joe Jonas has been given the key to the Playboy Mansion and invited into the good old boys club, while Miley was escorted out for doing the exact, same thing.
It's certainly a societal conundrum. Don't you think?