Everywhere I go, I see a nude Miley Cyrus.
Not that I’m searching for such images. She seems to pop out of every screen I get near.
Music programs day and night. Morning chat shows. I looked up while doing the Cup form, in a reputable pub last Monday, and there she was. All skin and pout.
For those older folk who are trying to place the surname, and wondering what the hell I’m banging on about, let me assist. Cyrus, as in Billy Ray. King of the Mullet. A one hit wonder like no other.
His daughter is Miley. And I feel like she’s one of my own.
Regular readers will know I woke up with her on a Saturday morning. Or, more specifically, her show.
A few years back, Hannah Montana was a character every young girl celebrated. She was fun, and sassy, and goofy. Sang like an angel, and wise-cracked with the best of them.
Tears were shed in the family, when it all came to an end. It was assumed that she would become a wholesome, good looking young star of stage and screen.
Instead, she’s now twerking (they tell me that’s a rude dance) with older pop stars, and doing video clips hanging off giant wrecking balls in the buff.
It makes no sense. Is there no market for young, talented folk, without Johnny Young being involved?
I wondered what my girls would make of it all. In this multi-media age, sometimes it’s hard to work out who their heroes are. I had nightmares that The Teenager would start hanging around construction sites.
My fears were unfounded. They were both left scratching their heads. Love the song, hate the clip.
They would have watched her, whatever move she made. Because they liked her. She didn’t need to go feral, to keep their attention.
As a young bloke, I had no such dramas. My hero was Dad. No-one came close.
He worked hard, and had little. Whatever cash was in his pocket, was ours. The simple things made him happy. Good friends. Big laughs. The occasional cool drink.
He treated people better than anyone I ever saw. Made them feel important, whoever they may be.
On his building sites, he was patient, and good-humoured, even with the narkiest of clients.
If it hurt him that he couldn’t take us to nice places, he never showed it. Beers and chips with mates under the orange tree more than made up for it.
These days, I hear stories that parents have lost that gloss with their youngsters. I don’t buy it.
I know plenty of successful people who still talk to Mum and Dad every night. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
In our workplace, the running joke is that us old blokes have found a new hero. And he’s not family.
Ben Roberts-Smith keeps walking into the newsroom. Blocking out the sunlight as he does.
Forget the girls swooning. They reckon us blokes keep falling over ourselves to shake his giant hand. Too true. What a guy.
When it comes to heroes and role models, I think we’re still going ok. They don’t need to be nude starlets, or highly paid footy stars. Mum and Dad and Ben will do just fine. As long as there’s no twerking. And they stay away from those wrecking balls.