Interesting. So many average people, parents especially, have been saying the same thing about Miley Cyrus' "twerking" performance on the MTV Awards show:
"What a shame that Miley Cyrus chose shock value over showcasing her talent."..."Her TALENT"?!? While I suppose over-acting (i.e. having little acting talent), can be considered a benchmark on many popular TV shows with laugh-tracks ("Listen! The 'live audience' laughed! She must be funny!"), it is really the only 'talent' that this young woman has, outside of having a talented and famous (and therefore influential in landing his daughter jobs) daddy. Just because you have had to watch your tween daughters watching Hannah Montana endlessly does not mean that the decidedly average Cyrus gradually became a more talented actor, singer, dancer, performer during that painful process.
As is the case with Ke$ha (Ha! That dollar sign says so much!), Brittany Spears and so many others, the desperate desire to CONTINUE to be adored by millions for being 'sexy' is an instinctive and disturbing impulse. It was what powered Hannah Montana's REAL success -- Cyrus was so average in appearance and body type, had no real voice, could not really act or dance, etc., that she made the dream seem possible to all those throngs of 'average' tween fans: "Ooo! See! I could be like her!" Yet what Hannah Montana really was was a young woman adored by millions for being 'sexy' (if in a tween 'Disney-fied' way).
It's a natural human instinct in our females between the ages of about 15 and 26 to desperately desire to be adored not for brains, or talent, or personality, per se, but for nothing more than 'being gorgeous/sexy' (and the impulse begins rearing its ugly head in toddlers -- it is the basis of almost every female-targeted fairytale promoted by Disney). It is how we propagate our species: by males of every age wanting to have unprotected sex with females who are in the peak of their healthiest childbearing age (scientifically: 18-28). But fame, once achieved, becomes an addiction, as Dolly, Madonna, Cher, Brittany and so many others have demonstrated by clinging to it so desperately after that ship has sailed in their early 30's, despite each of them being fabulously wealthy and no longer needed the cash it provides.
Madonna was a relatively unique example, however. She was relatively average on most fronts: not a great voice, not breathtakingly sexy, not the world's best dancer -- but Madonna (like Justin Timberlake who is not stunningly attractive and has no distinctive or remarkable voice), HAS talent! She is a consummate self-promoter and impresario who's talents lay in production, producing blockbuster performances and song tracks/videos, making friends and influencing people. Dolly Parton is another example (though with a stronger and more distinctive singing voice). Neither Cyrus, nor Spears, nor Ke$ha, have those multifaceted talents. Just sayin'! ;-)