Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't, Huh, Miley?

10/11/2013 7:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor

"... I was a bear in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that…anything where I was being used because of my height, not because of my talent. And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do. I realize not everyone shares my opinion and I might just be young and naive, but I feel like the acceptance of this kind of treatment has got to stop."

--A woman who goes by the Twitter name of Hollis Jane, on her MTV VMA performance as a "little person" dancing bear, and how it made her feel all sorts of wrong inside, which is understandable. 

See, it really, really is a fair point. And it's especially a fair point, coming from the point of view of someone who actually is, and refers to herself as, a "little person." The thing is, the point sort of loses a little bit of fidelity when you consider that Hollis Jane likely auditioned for this particular role, wanted this particular role, and admittedly received ample compensation for this role. And is that not the point of show business? Or jobs of any fashion? 

She continued by saying that the dress rehearsals made her shake and cry: 

"I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand. After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying." 

Commendable, Hollis, and it sounds like you've learned a lesson of sorts in being a little bit more choosy when it comes to roles that you feel befits your talents and personality. However, here's another lesson -- don't follow through with things that you feel are unethical to begin with, because that's when people are going to go ahead and question your real motives, like it or not.  


Filed Under:  Miley Cyrus , Hollis Jane , dancing
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