One of my homeroom girls showed up today sporting a new "Miley Cyrus"-style haircut. She's a bit of a rebel and trying to be a bit of a trend-setter, so it wasn't that surprising.
What was surprising was the response from the rest of the kids.
They HATED it. Absolutely hated it. Choruses of "Oh My God, what did you do?" along with "Are you trying to look like Miley, she's so gross," were some of the nicer comments. It got so bad I told them to hush and if they didn't have anything nice to say then just to keep quiet. Haircut girl didn't seem to mind (she's a bit of snot anyway and can dish out as much as she gets) but I wasn't going to put up with that nonsense.
However, one of the kids said they thought that Haircut girl actually looked kind of cute in that haircut, which was surprising because "Miley is such an ugly dog but you look cute in it." Choruses of agreement abounded. It was then that I decided to do an impromptu survey.
"How many of you like Miley Cyrus?" I asked. Not a hand went up. Not one.
"How many of you can't stand her?" was my second question. Every hand went up.
"So how come you don't like her?" I asked them and was hit with a bunch of comments regarding her acting slutty, sticking her tongue out, trying to act cool but really coming off as pathetic (a word I was impressed this bunch used) and so on. A few admitted that her behavior rather "grossed me out". So, if my homeroom is any indication, she's really falling flat with the 12-14 year old demographic.
Which is surprising, because the media has you think she's quite popular with this group. Perhaps they think she is. However, a few minutes with my homeroom kids will let you know that she's definitely not.
You learn something new every day.