Is 10 the new age of consent at which it is okay to sing about boys wanting to "touch (your) junk"? Apparently it is in the Cyrus family, as li'l Noah, who graduated from the age of 9 just a week ago, is all over the web singing along to Ke$ha's proudly trashy PG-13 smash, "TiK ToK."
We'd like to give the Cyrus family the benefit of the doubt and go into the default defense mode, which is: Blame Annie Liebowitz. However, the camerawork in this homemade YouTube video does not bear the hallmarks of Vanity Fair photography.
Older sister Miley had one of the biggest hits of the last year with the innocuous "Party in the USA," but Noah has chosen to emulate the preeminent Party Girl in the USA, Ke$ha, whose breakthrough hit is about the glory of being a teen slacker-slash-binge drinker.
We say "chosen" loosely, because this was more likely the idea of Noah's brainiac cousin, Shelby, who appears in drag in the background. Were any parents consulted before this went out to over 246,000 home viewers (as of this writing)? It's not an encouraging sign either way, but there's every chance Ma or Pa Cyrus did sign off on this, based on their earlier decisions to trot then 9-year-old Noah around at celebrity events in sexualized dresses and garish lipstick.
Looking at this video and some past photos of Noah, three words come to mind: Jon Benet Lohan.
There's already an Internet debate over the appropriateness of this video that speaks to the debate that happens in millions of homes every day. If a song is No. 1 on the Hot 100, as "TiK ToK" is, does it become automatic fodder for preteen singalongs, no matter how licentious? If a kid isn't even aware of the implications of what she's singing, does the "over her head" factor make it more or less acceptable than it would be for a child who's a couple of years less naive? Is it unrealistic to think that a song like "TiK ToK" won't become the hit of the fourth grade anyway? Is it archaic to think that parents might to want to censor their kids' YouTube uploads?
The "not that bad" set can rest easy knowing that it is Shelby, not Noah, who mimes the part about brushing one's teeth with Jack Daniels and guzzling beer, and that it is Red Bull, not Johnny Walker Red, being used as the prop during the imbibing moments. And yes, there are thousands of little girls singing along with even more inappropriate songs at this very moment, like Britney's "3." But are they doing it in front of 246,000 potential hillbilly preverts?
Start the countdown to a nightmare that's waiting to happen. TiK... ToK... WtF.