23 March, 2014

MIley Cyrus Didn't Make History at the Music Awards

I read,on Twitter and other social media that Miley Cyrus made history at the music awards with that idiot Robin Thicke and is making history with her performances. That's what Robin said to her before they went on stage,I'd have to say I disagree and say that she is doing nothing original and definitely not making history in the annals of music.
I also will go even further and say,while interesting, Lady GaGa isn't making history either.The meat dress was cool(I mean come on,it IS meat!),and I do like her music and she definitely has a certain style.
Lady Gaga in her infamous meat dress
She is following in the footsteps of women before her.Miley too,like Madonna and Britney Spears and Cyndi Lauper who all had their own style,but weren't all that original either.No groundbreaking,performances.
I like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and in fact have seen both live in concert many years ago.
Cyndi Lauper in the 1980s

Britney Spears and Madonna
     Madonna's risque performance at the 1984 MTV Music Awards.Seems tame now,I suppose.Although,there is more talent here than attention seeking that is Miley Cyrus.

     I'd like to introduce you to another woman in entertainment who made history by "shocking" the masses.
Whom I think,for the time,pushed the envelope far more than Madonna or Miley or Lady Gaga do for their time.
Meet Hattie Helen Gould Beck or Sally Rand,which was the stage name Cecil B. DeMille gave her.Which was inspired by a Rand McNally Atlas. She started out young on stage,studied drama and ballet and eventually moved to Hollywood and starred in silent films and some theater.When sound films were developed,she became a dancer.The reason was is that she sometimes spoke with a lisp and she thought "talkies" would end her career.
     She developed the fan dance which she performed with great success at the Paramount Club in Chicago.
In 1933 at the World's Fair,titled Century of Progress in Chicago,she was arrested four times in a single day for indecent exposure for doing her famous fan dance and riding a white horse on the streets of Chicago while giving the appearance of nudity.

Sally Rand also was arrested a fifth time at the Fair, along with Max Factor Sr,when he used his new makeup formulated for Hollywood films to paint her entire body.Seems familiar, copied today doesn't it?

This got her arrested in 1933.
     Even though she was arrested five times at the 1933 World's Fair,the promoters couldn't deny the draw.It was a very popular show,which actually saved the fair from financial ruin and the promoters convinced the judge to let her keep working.
      She also came up with and developed the Bubble Dance,because of performing outside and having to deal with the wind.

Sally Rand was arrested again in 1946 by six police officers in the audience as she danced, seemingly nude, in silhouette behind a large white fan; while on trial, the judge granted her immunity should she be arrested for the same offense while on trial; however she was arrested during a night of the trial while performing her act, despite her immunity and the fact that she was wearing long underwear and a note that read "CENSORED. S.F.P.D." while performing that time. In an unusual move, the judge viewed her performance at the Savoy and cleared her of all charges after deeming that "anyone who could find something lewd about the dance as she puts it on has to have a perverted idea of morals"

          Sally Rand died on Aug 31 1979 in California of Congestive Heart Failure in the hospital and by then she was very far in debt. Sammy Davis Jr actually wrote a $10,000 check and covered her expenses.

Sally Rand may seem tame by today's standards,or maybe not all that different,really if you look at it.I do believe there is a difference between Miley Cyrus and her.Sally had class while Miley just seems crude,but nothing really original that hasn't been done already.

Certainly not history making.


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