Much Ado About Nothing? Miley Cyrus Partying in Paris

Pictures of the singer-actress dancing in the City of Light have stirred up controversy. But what's the big deal?

Photos of Miley Cyrus partying in France this weekend are creating a stir around the Internet. And no wonder: the photos very clearly show the squeaky-clean teen pop star and Twilight actress Ashley Greene ... dancing. That's right -- dancing. In one of the photos, Miley, 17, even looks like she might be doing a fist pump! Are you totally shocked yet?

The "controversy" comes mainly from the fact that the Parisian club, VIP Room, has free-flowing liquor. Add in the fact that Greene, Cyrus's LOL costar, is 23, and that Cyrus was wearing a fairly risque (though totally on trend) lace shirt, and you have the makings of a sloppy starlet. Some bloggers even went so far as to deduce that Miley was drunk from her facial expression in the pictures.

There's only one problem with all the tsk-tsking: nobody saw Miley drinking. Reports say that she was sucking on a lollipop the whole night (shown in this photo), which is pretty hard to do with a drink in your hand. Incidentally, if she had been drinking, Cyrus would have been within her legal rights: the drinking age in Paris is 16.

Why are the gossip hounds so eager to watch Miley Cyrus turn into the next Lindsay Lohan? By all accounts, she's doing just fine. Cyrus still seems confused about her public image, but she does appear satisfied to channel her naughty side into film roles and music videos, rather than acting up offscreen. That's about as well-adjusted as it gets when you're an internationally famous teenager.

So yes, this seems like a big overreaction. But we've come to expect this by now. A lot of Cyrus's "bad" behavior is projected onto her, whether it's Perez Hilton posting a questionably obscene paparazzi shot or her innocuous "pole dance" at 2009's Teen Choice Awards. At this rate, if she does something really scandalous, it will probably make the front page of The New York Times.

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