I can’t help but take offence at this piece. It shows that the author has no grasp of what poptimism means. It’s no about saying pop is better than rock. It’s about giving pop just as much opportunity as rock to be artistic or relavent and not disregarding it purely because it’s pop. It’s about not writing somone off just because the appreciate pop. It’s all fair game.
You don’t have to readily agree with the taste of 13 year old girls, but they aren’t bad people. Neither is a 50 year old or any age fan. If that’s their passion, embrace it. If it makes you happy and you see art in it, then go with it. She can also be a gateway to other music. Aside from covering Dolly Parton she can reference other acts that she’s inspired by.
I’m not even a Miley fan but thinking the worst of her ability to create and her fans’ taste says more about you than it ever will about any pop fan.