If you thought the name “Cyrus” was going to be out of the public eye soon, you were wrong. Former country star and actor, Billy Ray Cyrus-father of Miley Cyrus-has been making waves on the Internet since the debut of his new song.
“Achy Breaky 2″ was released on Feb. 11, 2014, and since then the official music video has received almost 7 million views. “Achy Breaky 2″ was recorded by rapper artist Buck22 and has Cyrus as the featured artist.
The video has achieved its level of success for both its comically ridiculous aspect and its controversial nature. Not so much finding merit for its musical quality and poetic lyricism. The song features a few references to Billy Ray’s daughter, Miley, and her “twerking”-an aggressive lower body bouncing that Miley popularized. Also once before the chorus, Billy Ray shouts “wrecking ball!”
“Wrecking Ball” refers to the song Miley Cyrus recorded back in September 2013. The video was also considered fairly controversial as it featured 20-year-old Cyrus swinging on a wrecking ball nude-though no nudity was actually displayed.
“Achy Breaky 2″ draws its controversial nature from its content that would be considered graphic for a young audience. The video features Buck22 and Billy Ray Cyrus on a spaceship after being abducted by very scantily clad alien women.
Buck22 and Cyrus perform their song among a group of these women, whom are nearly nude and performing Miley’s infamous “twerk.” It becomes quickly apparent to the audience that the video was not produced for the betterment of the musical industry.
Instead, “Achy Breaky 2″ takes on a guise of retaliation from Billy Ray to his daughter. For the last several months, Miley Cyrus has ditched her notable “Hannah Montana” image and has embraced the image of the rebellious teen.
Her behavior and actions have been a hot topic on social media and have kept her in the spotlight even after her famous Disney alter ego was dead.
I am sure that Billy Ray Cyrus is having a difficult time handling the seemingly sudden shift his daughter’s behavior took, but this sort of display is not one that is justified. The music video is a lewd display where women are objectified for the sake of YouTube views.
The references injected in the song are tasteless and, quite honesty, uncalled for. I understand that Miley probably broke Billy’s achy breaky heart, but that does mean he needs to break our ears.
Caleb is a sophomore majoring in English.