Some have taken personal shots at Miley, and social media sites abound with opportunities to poke fun at the Disney star-turned-young adult.
What are the driving forces behind the entertainment, you might ask?
Money and ratings. Simply put, whatever brings in the most money for those involved, or drives ratings up (which in turn brings more money to those involved), will receive the full backing and encouragement of TV, music, and movie media professionals. This is the sad, vulgar, and heart-wrenchingly accurate assessment given by the equal-opportunity satirizing "news" site called The Onion. I link the article not to encourage its reading, but only so I don't plagiarize their ideas, or shall I say, their intellectual property? The truly ironic twist to the story is that even their satirical bent on Miley's stage gyrations, and surprisingly adept explanation of why they've received such attention, takes part in the kind of cultural degradation that so many in the media are guilty of exploiting and encouraging.
The language used in the Onion article is typical of popular comedy in general today. It typifies uninhibited frat boys, working on their journalism degrees and searching for some guest-writing spots to earn more beer money, pounding away at their keyboards while they skip classes and eat Cheetos in their boxers and "wife-beaters." Of course they write like that, because it's the kind of stuff they think is funny, and they know that those like them will not only click on links to read such editorials, but they will also spend more of their money/time on movies, music, and TV that use the same content. This is why we're up to Scary Movie 6 (I think?), the movies Jackass and Hangover actually had sequels made, and Explicit Lyrics labels on songs almost guarantee a listen (at the very least) out of curiosity for why it's explicit.
That's not tolerance, people.
It's like saying to your spouse while she's lying in your arms all cozy and warm, both of you smiling with closed eyes, "I am so patient with you right now." Do we even get why that statement makes no sense given the setting? It's the wrong word, used at the wrong time, so it does't fit.
If you could only have greater understanding for yourself or another (not both at the same time), what would you choose and why? Let me know in the comments!