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LIers speak out on Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus performs at the Teen Choice Awards

Miley Cyrus performs at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Aug. 9, 2009) Photo Credit: AP

Lisa Mladinich, of Huntington is a writer and mother of a girl, 10.

"What we're seeing is not role models - we're seeing the media machine that destroys the innocence of young girls. It takes these talented girls who they portray as supposed role models and presents a distorted, even perverted, view of femininity. These images are shown under the pretense of giving young women power, when in fact it's exploitation."


Theresa Mladinich, 10, of Huntington.

"I like her songs, but not necessarily her. It's not just singing good that makes a good person. She's gotten a bit far-fetched. The only thing about her that I want to copy is her voice."


Veronica Farias, of Bellmore, is the mother of two boys, ages 7 and 12.

"I don't judge anybody on how they raise their children, as long as they don't touch my children, but still I don't like this stuff. I want my children to live the way they should at their ages, enjoy what they're supposed to enjoy while they are still young. I've lived here for 17 years. I'm from Chile, and this kind of thing that Miley did - it isn't done there.


Jim Schimmenti of Franklin Square, a landscaping contractor, is the father of three girls, ages 6, 9 and 11.

"It's something you get scared of. Girls look up to Miley; they want to mimic her. They grow up too fast as it is. You want to keep their innocence - let kids be kids as long as they can. I do realize that it's not going to effect how younger kids look at Miley - her 'Hannah Montana' show appeals to a much different audience. Now she must be trying to win over a broader, older audience."


Adrienne Mack of North Babylon is an administrative assistant and mother of two grown children as well as grandmother of two girls.

"Miley is so popular - I saw her on a morning show giving a concert in Manhattan and the crowd was huge. What she did on this Teen Choice Awards show was inappropriate; that's not the way to be a role model for girls, or boys, for that matter. Kids will see this on the Internet, even if they don't catch it on TV. You're trying to bring your children up in a wholesome way, but this society is messed up."


Kenneth Kaufman, a psychologist, director of the Institute of Behavioral Health in Commack.

"I saw the video, and I did feel there was some mild aggressiveness in the dancing and some screaming. When I went to Disney World with my grandchildren in April, I felt there was a lot of hitting and aggressiveness in a show there. This video is not as terrible as some things children are exposed to. I didn't think the way they were dressed was so inappropriate - it's no different than the way they dress on the beach."


Janet Olesen of Huntington is a music teacher and the mother of a boy, 12, and a girl, 10.

"I'm very disappointed because so many girls look up to Miley. I'm horrified that they're portraying a girl in that light. There aren't enough good role models, especially for girls. I don't know if Miley is being manipulated in order to reach a whole new audience or if she's initiating it, but either way it's wrong."

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