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Miley Cyrus turns 21 on Saturday. She'll be able to order her first alcoholic drink!
Yes, there is a whiff of sarcasm in that sentence. We're guessing the girl who puffs on blunts between songs and helms a national, youth marketing campaign for the party drug Molly has maybe -- just maybe -- already had a drink or two during her nighttime escapades. Admittedly, scores of other artists who hypothetically ought to know better -- including Madonna and Kanye West -- have also entertained young audiences by singing Molly's praises. You know, in an effort to stay on trend.
Having already acquired all this "grown-up" experience does beg a question for Cyrus: What can she do to celebrate this important birthday? What milestone has been left unturned? She's already gotten naked, flipped off countless cameras, explored her sexuality (with both genders), danced lewdly with teddy bears and faked severing her fingers. And, also, this…
So what can she possibly do next? Luckily for her, all of these experiences have led to a level of fame that only a privileged few (like, say, Britney Spears or Snooki) have earned. When you're this famous, MTV will make up new, uniquely cool stuff for you to do. Like letting you program the channel for eight hours on your special day, while providing your own, particularly scintillating commentary. Cyrus explains it here:
MTV describes the event, 21 Candles: Miley's MTV Moments (12 p.m. ET on Sunday), as "an all-new original special that looks back at her iconic music videos, performances and MTV milestones."
Meanwhile, Cyrus recently told a BBC interviewer that she considers herself "one of the biggest feminists in the world." In interviews, she keeps on having to defend herself. Repeatedly she explains that her professional choices are an expression of self-empowerment. The "We Can't Stop" video, the VMAs performance, the lighting up on stage -- it's all a conscious decision to be deliberately brash, and purposely vulgar. It's just the latest version of pop star boundary-pushing.
Madonna did this, and Spears did it, and Cyrus has followed suit. And just like those pop icons, her artistic choices have led her straight to the very top of the pop culture mountain (not to mention the Billboard charts). Not everyone gets to take over MTV on her birthday. People have criticized Cyrus, and others have defended her. But she's just doing what pop stars do. It's the public that has handed her the keys to MTV.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.