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Miley Cyrus' new video troubling to some moms

Dannah Gresh, founder of the "Pure Freedom” ministry, says moms have written to her expressing their concerns about Miley Cyrus' provocative new music video, "Can't Be Tamed.”

by Carla Hinton Published: May 29, 2010
Dannah Gresh knew something was troubling moms when they inundated her e-mail, called her office and wrote to her on Facebook about a new video that had hit the TV airwaves.

"Have you seen Miley Cyrus' new video for her song 'Can't Be Tamed'?” they asked.

Gresh, a State College, Pa., resident, is founder of the "Pure Freedom” ministry, which focuses on specific issues pertaining to purity and holiness among teens. "Secret Keeper Girl” is a related ministry aimed at tween girls and their mothers.

The mother of two daughters and one son, Gresh has spent much of her life devoted to ministry that encourages young girls to embrace modesty, modest fashion and godly beauty. She brought her "Secret Keeper Girl” interactive live show to the Mabee Center in Tulsa in September 2009.

Gresh said she viewed the "Can't Be Tamed” video by teen pop sensation Cyrus and could see why many mothers are concerned.

She said the video by the Disney star is not just sexual, but "violently” sexual with a "transgressive aura.” Cyrus, Gresh said, is seen in dominatrix-style clothing dancing provocatively around a bird cage.

The ministry leader said she was compelled to write an open letter to Cyrus' parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, and post it on her "Bod Squad Blog” on the website at

"I wanted Miley to be the one who would say no to the money-hungry industry that turns perfectly adorable, talented young girls into common sex toys,” Gresh wrote in the letter.

She said she hopes the Cyrus family will respond soon.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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