As a student at Oakland University, I take pride in the things involving our campus, including any positive media attention the university gets. So you could imagine my excitement when I heard Miley Cyrus was filming her new music video on our campus.
In August, Cyrus filmed her music video for her European single “Who Owns My Heart” in Meadow Brook Hall. It wasn’t until I saw the music video that I realized just how wrong the location was for a video such as that.
Meadow Brook Hall was one of OU cofounder Matilda Wilson’s most prized possessions. Filled with elegance and beauty, Meadow Brook is the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States. It’s renowned for its excellent craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale. With such prestige, it would make perfect sense for one of today’s most popular musicians to film a music video there.
If you’re like me, however, you would envision a tasteful, elegant video — not the trashy end product that resulted. This video takes provocative to a new level and throws respect out the window.
It didn’t have to be that way. In the video, Cyrus is in Wilson’s bed, but rather than innocently laying in it, she’s laying upside down in lingerie. There are also scenes where Cyrus is on all fours acting animalistic and overtly sexual.
She also uses Wilson’s bathroom, where she sits on the tub in just her underwear. That bathroom is so unique, it’s more a piece of art than anything else. For Cyrus to be dancing in her underwear in there is almost as if you or I were dancing around the Detroit Institute of Arts in our underwear.
Perhaps the most disrespectful scenes in this video are of Cyrus dancing on the Hall’s historic dining table in high heels, crawling atop it on her knees. Tables are for eating, not standing, kneeling or dancing — especially not historic ones that dignified people have once gathered and shared meals at.
One part of the video portrays Meadow Brook Hall as a dance club, with about 100 sweaty kids dancing and grinding on one another. Cyrus joins the scene provocatively and seductively dancing between two females. That is not to say I am against homosexuality in any way, because I’m not — it’s not who she’s dancing with that bothers me, it’s where and how.
Don’t get me wrong. My point isn’t that Cyrus should have filmed her video elsewhere. My point is that she should have had some class. The entire video uses the rooms of the estate for purposes other than what they’re intended for. The taste — or lack thereof — used in this video was disrespectful to the prestigious location.
This video has gained negative media coverage and controversy since it first premiered on Cyrus’s YouTube channel due to its distasteful nature.
If the scenes inside didn’t give it away, the shot of the outside makes evident the location of this debacle. The thought of that video giving OU a negative image is sickening.
I wish the 17-year-old singer would have not only acted her age, but thought about the history and culture of the estate before she decided to show such disrespect on film for all to see.