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Is It Fair That Miley Cyrus Complains About the Toxic Work Place That Made Her Millions?
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Is It Fair That Miley Cyrus Complains About the Toxic Work Place That Made Her Millions?

Miley Cyrus is making headlines and dividing audiences, once again!

Pop Star Miley Cyrus is making waves for looking back at the gruelling work schedule she had during her early teens.

Cyrus, 30, shot to fame when she landed the coveted role of Miley Stewart on the hit Disney Channel show Hannah Montana at only 13 years old. Cyru's breakout role follows the adventures of Miley Stewart, who secretly lives a double life. During the day, she is a regular teenage student like any other. But at night she puts on makeup, extravagant outfits and her iconic blonde wig, to become the famous pop singer, Hannah Montana.


The premise isn't a far cry from the public persona of the bleach-blonde Cyrus of today.

After Hannah Montana's 4 season-run came to an end, Cyrus broke out from her "bubblegum pop star" mold and released more mature (and controversial) pop music in the wake of her Disney days.

A Day in the Life of Hannah Montana

The "Party in the U.S.A." singer shared a series of micro-documentaries on TikTok promoting her newest single “Used To Be Young”.

Cyrus reminisces on moments from her teenage years – some fondly and some not so fondly.

In one of the videos she shared on TikTok, Cyrus pulled up a schedule from when she was 12 or 13 years old.

And it sent fans and critics reeling!

@mileycyrus

Used To Be Young (Series) - PART 12

Cyrus reads aloud the following schedule, incredulously:

5:30 AM: Hair and Makeup in my Hotel
7:00 AM: We Get Picked Up
7:15 AM: I'm on the news
7:45 AM: Another live interview
8:15 AM: Another interview
8:45 AM: Another interview
9:30-11 AM: Meeting with editors and back to the hotel for an interview, but the reporters are all 5th-grade students
1:00-2:30 PM: Me and my dad have a lunch interview
2:00-4:00 PM: LIFE Magazine photoshoot
3:00-5:00 PM: Interview and photoshoot for the Father's Day issue
6:00 PM: Arrive at interview
6:15 PM: Another interview

"Then the next day starts at 7:00 AM and ends at 7:30 PM when I fly home to go to Hannah on a Saturday, and then on Monday, be back at work in the morning".

- Miley Cyrus, Used To Be Young (Series) - Part 12

If you're first thought reading the young Cyrus' schedule was, "well that couldn't have been every day... right?".

A voice off camera quickly confirms (likely a long-time member of Miley's team), "That truly was the next four years of your life".

Its no surprise the clip of Miley Cyrus went viral.

For so many of Cyrus' fans growing up, a day in the life of a Disney star seemed like a dream come true, but the 30-year-old-Cyrus pulls back the curtain, and now?

It seems more like a nightmare.

Maybe Miley Cyrus Deserves An "Endless Summer Vacation"...But Then Again, Don't Most Of Us?

Try as they may, celebrities are not always the most relatable figures.

Jennifer Lawrence, you had a good run!

Not too long ago, 2020's "it girl" Sydney Sweeney came under fire when she claimed she "didn't have the income" to afford taking a sixth-month break from acting, prompting many readers to clap back: no one did.

While so many Americans are fighting to pay for their water and power bills, one too many celebs are paying for paparazzi to snap photos of their outfits for faux-candid Instagrams.

And toxic workplace or not, Miley Cyrus is definitely a celebrity.

“I’m a lot of things but lazy ain’t one of them. So, I do think this girl deserves a little endless summer vacation.”

- Miley Cyrus

Even though "Endless Summer Vacation" may just be a throwaway play on words (it's the name of Cyrus' eighth studio album) – its hard not to feel a twinge of...cringe?

The internet is a large place, and yes, there is room for everyone! Miley Cyrus is absolutely allowed to air her grievances about her lost childhood.

In fact, Cyrus rarely plays victim! She knows she had it easy.

She is the first one to acknowledge her "nepo-baby" status (a buzz-term for a person who has made it in their career because of their parents' fame).

Yet, it's hard not to take Miley's gripes as being "overworked" with a grain of salt.

Miley Cyrus Isn't Lazy...But She Can Afford To Be

Is there a difference between working hard because you want to vs. working hard because you have to?

Yes, it is undeniable that Miley's upbringing sounds like a never-ending episode of Toddlers and Tiaras!

Ok, that's probably as stretch. but one thing is for certain: We can all agree, 5:30 AM interviews do not seem like anyone's idea of fun.

Yet, it's more complicated than that.

At 13-years-old, Miley Cyrus' demanding work schedule is synonymous with the influence and cache she has at a remarkably young age.

While other kids her age are smiling with their mouths closed to hide their braces in awkward family photos, Cyrus at 16, is being shot by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of Vanity Fair.

In today's age, with the wide reach of the internet, the landscape seems even bleaker. Americans across the country are fighting tooth and nail, to make ends meet. Begging the question, when is it going to get better?

In a heartbreaking video below, single mother of 2 (Tiktok user @tfnymomof2) agonizes over paying $3000 in monthly bills, with only $300 in child support, on a mobile maid's hourly rate. The gas prices kill her. The cost of living is impossible. Her young daughter's braces are a luxury she can't afford. The overworked mother of 2 has no way out.

For better or worse, the 13-year-old "overworked" Miley Cyrus has the whole world at her feet.

Yes, Miley Cyrus worked very hard. But she didn't have to.

Where certain child stars were forced into fame by their parents and crowned their starving family's breadwinner (see: Judy Garland, Pat Cardi, and Gary Coleman) – this was not the case for Cyrus.

Cyrus arguably hails from music royalty. Her father is Achy Breaky Heart Country Singer, Billy Ray Cyrus.

More impressive still, her Godmother is America's Sweet-kick-in-the-ass Dolly Parton!

At 30 years old, Miley Cyrus wants the same things she did at 13: She wants to be a singer and a songwriter. She says as much in her "Used To Be Young", (TikTok series) - Part Six.

It's hard to ignore that the "toxic work environment" of Cyru's childhood is the reason she's in the recording studio, with the best producers in the world, making millions.

Miley Cyrus pictured with 7-Time Grammy Winning Record Producer Mark Ronson

Is Miley Cyrus a Sympathetic Character?

It feels like a question the star herself, has returned to again and again in her career.

Miley Cyrus is hard to pin down!

She oscillates between unapologetically twerking half-naked on Beetlejuice's Very Own Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA's...

...to releasing her bare-faced music video for her upbeat love ballad "Malibu" in 2017.

...and back again to grinding half-naked on Dua Lipa in her edgy single "Prisoner" from her 2020 Glam-Rock album Plastic Hearts.

Like any musician – and don't get it twisted, Disney star or not, Miley Cyrus is definitely a musician – Cyrus' songs can be seen as a reflection of her inner landscape.

Her track record has been all over the place. Maybe it's intentional? Or maybe it just comes with the territory of figuring out who you are while the entire world watches?

The pendulum swings from big brassy ego to over-corrective nice girl.

Cyrus' on-again-off-again relationship with traditionalist Liam Hemsworth is a good litmus test for where she falls on the sliding scale - but maybe, for the first time, Cyrus is on to something.

Because her latest single, "Used To Be Young," is neither. In Cyrus' own words, the track is "bitter sweet."

Perhaps the real question is, as an artisttoday, what does Cyrus want us to feel?

Is "Used To Be Young" Miley's Way of Reclaiming Her Fame?

On the face of it, it doesn't seem like Cyrus is asking for sympathy...it seems like she's asking for grace, for who she was when she...well, used to be young.

“I know I used to be crazy, I know I used to be fun, You say I used to be wild, I say I used to be young"

- Miley Cyrus, "I Used To Be Young".

Looking back, it's hard not to see the irony.

Miley Cyrus' working conditions were toxic...just maybe not the one's she was thinking of.

It's the growing up, and being ripped apart for making mistakes, and having the love of your life leave you twice in front of the whole world, more than it is the back-to-back interview schedule of Disney child star.

Do the two come hand in hand? It's hard to say. It seems for now, Miley is leaving that up for you to decide.

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