What is on my mind at the moment is the new Miley Cyrus.

The teen star gone rebel has taken the music industry by storm and has been grabbing media headlines recently with her outrageous stunts.

I feel Cyrus should tone this down a bit.

But, at the same time, the critics need to take a step back as well.

Transforming rapidly from Disney stardom to what some may believe to be the raunchiest 20-year-old pop-star to this date, I think it is safe to say Cyrus is trying to make a statement.

She first started turning heads at the innocent age of 15 when she posed for Vanity Fair appearing topless with only a sheet to cover her breasts, according to Rolling Stone. Two years post-Vanity Fair she is caught hitting a bong.

Now she is “twerking” — a lot. Not just on YouTube videos or at home, but also at the MTV Video Music Awards.

I acknowledge the fact that the MTV’s Video Music Awards is not the most formal event and that the bar is set high to push the limit, but that was too much.

Many of the viewers that tuned in that night seemed to agree as well.

The performance with Cyrus and Robin Thicke stockpiled 161 complaints to the FCC, according to Rolling Stone.

Some complaints went as far as to say the performance was potential pornographic material.

That I do not believe, but it sure was getting close. Cyrus, in her recent interview with Rolling Stone, went on to say that the performance was the MTV version and it could have been a lot worse, which I unfortunately find very believable.

Rolling Stone journalist, Josh Eells, who conducted the interview with Cyrus, made a good point in the first half of his article by saying maybe the fact that no matter what Cyrus does, the world still sees Hannah Montana — and maybe that is the entire issue.

Maybe the world, and myself, just cannot accept the fact that Hannah Montana is nothing more than a character and that Miley Cyrus is an evolving 20-year-old superstar just trying to show her independence.

Regardless of what she is doing to make the point that she is no longer the girl next door, it sure is getting a lot of attention, especially after her interview with Rolling Stone and the release of her new album. Cyrus even made her way to CNN with scornful criticism over the recent article published in Rolling Stone in which she openly talked about her drug use and drugs of choice — MDMA and marijuana.

I do not condone that. She does have fans, young fans at that, who continue to adore her.
However, it is her life and her future. If she does not care how it will impact her fan base then so be it. She is human, you know.

Though, most importantly, I hope the critics give her some piece of mind and just let her be Miley.