Mothers everywhere cringed as former Disney star Miley Cyrus gyrated on the stage Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards, hoping and praying their daughters would not go down the same path to promiscuity.
However, one mother, Kim Keller, took to her blog to pen an open letter to her daughter titled: “Dear daughter, let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you.”
The mother writes:
Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever said the word “no,” made you change your clothes before leaving the house, or never spanked your butt for deliberate defiance.
If you ever even consider doing something like that, I promise you that I will run up and twerk so you will see how ridiculous twerking looks. I will duct tape your mouth shut so your tongue doesn’t hangout like an overheated hound dog. I will smack any male whom you decide to smash against his pelvis – after I first knock you on your butt for forgetting how a lady acts in public.
Why would I do that? Because I love you and I want you to respect yourself. Miley Cyrus is not edgy or cool or sexy. She’s a desperate girl screaming for attention: Notice me. Tell me I’m pretty. See how hot I am. I know all the guys want me. All the girls want to be me.
You probably know girls who will emulate this behavior at the next school dance. Don’t do it with them. You are far too valuable to sell yourself so cheaply. Walk away. Let the boys gawk and know in your heart that they see only a body that can be used for their pleasure and then forgotten.
The mother also apologized to her daughter if she has ever “felt sad because I haven’t gushed over everything you’ve done.” The job of a mother, she writes, is to “praise when praise is due, but also to offer constructive criticism and correction when it is needed as well.”
“Dear daughter, I am going to fight or die trying to keep you from becoming like the Miley Cyruses of the world,” she concludes. “You can thank me later.”
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