British singer Charlotte Church is bashing the music industry for over-sexualizing pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.“To my mind, what this industry seems to want of its women increasingly is sex objects that appear childlike,” says the 27-year-old, who addressed a full auditorium at the Radio Academy radio festival in London this week. “Take your clothes off, show you’re an adult.”Charlotte talked about the "Wrecking Ball" singer’s recent spat with Sinead O’Connor, saying that controversies like that will not help further women in the industry — Sinead wrote a series of open letters to Miley, sharing how she felt about her racy image.
“If women are to become free agents of their gender’s destiny in a music world that is reliant upon shouting loudest over the clamor, it stands to reason that online pissing contests only serve to detract from strong messages put forward by such artists as Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu,” she says.
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Talking about her own experience as a child star in the music industry, she reveals, “There was a big clamor to cover my breasts as they wanted to keep me as young as possible. Then it became, ‘You should definitely get them out, they look great.’”
The mom of two says Miley, Rihanna and many other female performers are “encouraged to present themselves as hyper-sexualized, unrealistic, cartoonish, as objects, reducing female sexuality to a prize you can win.”
Charlotte believes that “the culture of demeaning women in pop music is so ingrained as to become routine, from the way we are dealt with by management and labels, to the way we are presented to the public.”
She also shares her two cents on Rihanna’s love for appearing scantily clad in her music videos, most recently in “Pour It Up”, explaining that while it may have hit 40 million views, it’s all just to make money for the music machine behind her.
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“You only have to look at the online response to see that it is only a matter of time until the public turns on an artist for pushing it too far,” she shares. “But the single, like all Rihanna’s other provocative hits, will make her male writers, producers and record label guys a ton of money.”
But Miley probably wouldn’t agree with Charlotte’s statements. According to the songstress, she’s just being herself.
“This is just, like, who I am,” she said on the Today show last week. “I think it’s only hard if you’re trying to be something you’re not. Being who you are is really easy if you’re really true to that.”
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