Pop goes the world: Today’s pop starlets, like, care about causes

Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana, aka for those of us older than tweenage who don’t have children, daughter of the Mulleted One Billy Ray Cyrus who sings “Achy, Breaky Heart”) has co-written a song about global warming for her new album: “Wake Up America.”

And apparently what the teen popstress co-wrote was teen pop fare. One reviewer was most displeased with the effort: “The album takes a turn for the worse with "Wake Up America's" preachy platitudes about global warming that would make Al Gore wince. The rest is filled with sappy, identity-less ballads - but then at 15, does anyone know who they are?”


So there’s this other young pop singer (who Miley was caught on video making fun of, but there’s no hard feelings), Selena Gomez. I can’t really tell her apart from Miley Cyrus (though I’m just glad they’re a change from the typical blondes), but Selena has been called the next Miley. Does that mean Miley’s already all washed up at 15, if her successor is being named? It’s a shame, but Miley is already writing her memoir so at least she’ll have some drama to include.

"I am a big sponsor of Urvotes.com, which educates teens about what’s going on with the world regarding everything from the economy to global warming," Serena said in a Fox News story. "It’s important because we are the next generation and it is a big responsibility to choose someone to run our country and make decisions for us."

At 16, she’s still too young to vote herself, not to mention that either Selena or Fox News (where this article appeared) got the website wrong. (Fox News getting information wrong or not wanting to encourage young people to vote against global warming? Impossible!) The organization is actually called UrVotes Count. But it’s more effort than the last round of pop starlets made (to my recollection), and they’re very influential on kids at a very impressionable age.

In somewhat similar news, the less young, less mainstream singer Nellie McKaye is a PETA member, and ended a recent interview by urging the writer to consider the link between animal agriculture and global warming. But when words of environmentalism and conscientious consumerism come from an artist considered “quirky,” it’s not as surprising.

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