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Which Is More Newsworthy? Cyrus or Syria

Published On August 27, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | And Guys Too, Social Media, Women

Apparently, it’s former Ms. Montana that is more newsworthy because right now, talk of her scantily clad and way too provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Award’s is dominating the news, social media and the water cooler. I too was a tad drawn in when I saw clips of Miley Cyrus, whose claim to fame was playing Hannah Montana on the very popular Disney show of the same name, shaking what her mamma gave her on stage wearing nothing but a flesh-colored rubber two-piece outfit. And although, I was probably one of millions who either watched or read about this unfortunate display of a young woman’s desperate attempt to shed her Disney “cookie cutter” character persona, my focus was mostly on what’s been going on in Syria. America facing another potential war trumps a shocking VMA performance any day, at least for me.

As the Today Show, Fox News and CNN report on Cyrus’ twerking abilities, there is something extremely serious going on. Syria, a country located in the Middle East, may be facing an air strike ….by us. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Syria or what’s going on there, allow me to break it down for you. This country has been going through on ongoing civil war between the government and opposition forces and protestors.  Many have been killed as a result of the conflict. There has been harsh criticism from the U.S. and other global organizations as there has been widespread belief that both the Syrian government and rebel forces are violating human rights due to their violent tactics used against each other. Unfortunately, civilians get caught in the middle and end up as casualties. Recently, civilians have been exposed to chemical warfare which is a huge “no-no”. As the United Nations (U.N.) is trying to determine if President Bashar al-Assad and his regime are responsible for hundreds being killed or injured due to these chemical attacks, many are calling on President Obama to act. We already have warships in place to do just that.  However, not only will Syria strike back as they’ve warned, we may further incur the wrath of their allies, Iran and possibly Russia.

Don’t get me wrong. The news has been reporting on this obviously, or else I wouldn’t know anything about it. However, my point is that I worry that focus on Cyrus is overshadowing what could be another war for the United States. Personally, I’m worried. Not for the reputation of a former Disney pop star, but for the fate of our country and military.  So while Cyrus continues to shock and awe us with her Twitter pics of her butt, our military may be doing the same but with missiles. When watching or reading the news, the latter is worth more my time than the former.

Which scares you more?

Possibly going to war with Syria?

Or Cyrus’ dancing?

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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