Consumer Reports is causing a media fuss because 15-year-old Miley Cyrus and her father Billy Ray Cyrus are seen driving a Range Rover without seat belts in the Disney 3-D movie Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. The movie is a huge blockbuster with the young ones and Consumer Reports feels Disney should be more responsible:
Why should we care? Because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in about 55 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities in 2006 (the latest data available), the occupants were not wearing seat belts.
It seems to us that Miley, her father, and Disney had a perfect opportunity to help influence teens and counteract–rather than encourage–this trend. Then again, as Hannah herself sings, “Everybody makes mistakes.”
Let’s bring things back to a little place called planet Earth. Like most normal people, my parents drove around without us kids wearing seat belts all the time. In fact, my dad would toss us in the bed of his truck with a set of rusty kitchen knives and a live badger. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. It was a cougar – with rabies. Anyway, we all survived. And by all I mean just me and my sister. Our other siblings weren’t smart enough to open the tailgate and dive into traffic. Ha! Suckers.