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PREACH IT! Miley Cyrus' carefully planned rebellion presses on

August 24, 2010 |  2:11 pm
Miley-cyrus-wild-child “Miley is a bad girl!” Hollywood Life shrieked Tuesday morning on its shocking candy pink website. “[She] shakes her booty and sings about sex in front of her mom!”

Clutch those pearls!

Hollywood Life isn’t the only outlet voicing hysteria over Miley Cyrus’ supposedly scandalous foray into adulthood. And by scandalous, in this case, we mean a carefully orchestrated multi-step roll-out that clearly has an official stamp of approval from Miley's stage parents.

Yes, Miley has been dressing in black leotards and short shorts and doing movies that require slightly more eyeliner than usual. In "The Last Song," her first post-"Hannah Montana" movie, she played a girl who shoplifted once, feels really bad about it and now rescues turtle hatchlings for fun.

In Miley's next movie, “LOL: Laughing Out Loud,” coming out next year, she plays a character who has sex, engages in a lesbian kiss and smokes pot. Apparently, that’s the same thing as being a real-life wild child -- at least for the tabs.

Cyrus has had some scandalous moments off-screen, but they’ve been buried in the media -- we prefer a lawsuit-free lifestyle and won’t repeat them here -- but if this is the biggest public teen meltdown the media has to work with, times truly have changed.

Drew Barrymore was a child regular at Studio 54, smoked cigarettes at age 9, was a bona fide ...

... boozer by age 11, entered rehab at 13 and was married and divorced before the age of 20.

Child star Danny Bonaduce also struggled with drugs before he reached his 20s, and the late Corey Haim was already drinking beer in his early teens -- in real life, not on a big screen.

Cyrus turns 18 in November. Maybe she’ll celebrate with something totally outrageous -- say, a white leotard.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Oh my goodness, did she scandalize herself? Miley Cyrus poses in New York on June 18. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

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