Hanna Montana Gets In the Act

From the Business & Media Institute

Disney’s New Hannah Montana Album Features ‘Global Warming Anthem’

Teen pop star sings ‘Wake Up America,’ warns the ‘earth is calling out,’ but admits she doesn’t know ‘what all this means.’

By Jeff Poor

8/26/2008 4:57:38 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s two daughters, Malia, 9, and Sasha, 6, are big fans of Hannah Montana – and maybe there’s a reason why.

Teen star Miley Cyrus, known as Hannah Montana in the Disney Channel TV series television of the same name, is now crusading for global warming alarmism. But she admits she isn’t really sure what it means. Disney also owns ABC, a network that often hypes climate change alarmism.

On the 15-year-old singer’s recently released album “Breakout,” she sings that she wants America to wake up and deal with global warming. The song, “Wake Up America” is about taking care of the earth:

Oh, can you take care of her

Oh, maybe you can spare her

Several moments of your consideration

Leading up to the final destination

Oh, the earth is calling out,

I wanna learn what it’s all about,

But everything I read – global warming, going green

I don’t know what all this means, but it seems to be saying

Wake up, America, we’re all in this together

It’s our home so let’s take care of it

You know that you want to

You know that you got to wake up, America

Tomorrow becomes a new day and everything you do

Matters, yeah, everything you do matters in some way

Cyrus is one of the current jewels in the Disney crown. But she isn’t alone. Disney purchased ABC in 1995, but the network recently has acquired a taste for global warming coverage.

The network’s weatherman Sam Champion and reporter Bill Blakemore are two of the consistent voices for hyping the issue. A recent Business & Media Institute study of media climate coverage highlighted a particular low in the network’s reporting. The ugliest treatment of a climate skeptic during the study period came from ABC’s Bill Weir on Nov. 18, 2007, “Good Morning America.” He was interviewing Democratic state representative Jim Gooch from Kentucky.

Weir peppered Gooch with hardball questions and even attacked Gooch’s motives, saying: “I should point out that your family is in business with the coal industry. You opposed a bill that would’ve stopped coal mines from exploding the tops of mountains and dumping waste into rivers there. So shouldn’t you temper on your opinion on the environment?”

Disney (NYSE:DIS) announced on July 30 its third-quarter profits rose nearly 9 percent with help from advertising revenues from the company’s cable presence including “Hannah Montana,” one of the most watched shows on cable.

The teen star herself faced some recent controversy after a photo shoot with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, which ironically had its own green issue. One controversial photo showed a topless Cyrus clutching a blanket to her chest, her back exposed, looking toward the camera over one shoulder.

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August 27, 2008 10:24 am

Ahhh, I just puked in my mouth.

Henry Galt
August 27, 2008 10:27 am

Hot Air Head.
The “industry” (pop) thrives on these. The less meaningful (cryptic/ambiguous) the better. Pap music.

Retired Engineer
August 27, 2008 10:28 am

Using kids to promote politics is nothing new. Remember Jimmy Carter’s comments about Amy and nuclear weapons? Or the LBJ commercial in ’64 with the little girl and mushroom cloud?
I’m all in favor of taking care of the Earth. I don’t think I want al-Gore ‘taking care’ of me.

August 27, 2008 10:31 am

Curses on those who use children to promote their agenda. T’would be better if a millstone was tied around their necks, etc.

Jim Arndt
August 27, 2008 10:35 am

Here is the earth calling out. It aurora kilometric radiation.

August 27, 2008 10:35 am

ABC Green? More like hypocrites. ABC has a show called “Wanna Bet”? One of their stunts included a skier trying to skim across 2,500 eggs without breaking them.
2,500 eggs! That’s enough food to help feed 1,250 people for breakfast. They would rather waste all of that food for some stupid stunt.
What does that have to do with being green? I am not sure. But as a conservative, I hate when people waste food. I also hate being told about my carbon footprint by a bunch of lunatic hypocrites.
I am willing to reduce my footprint by not watching as much TV, ok ABC? Fair enough?

Leon Brozyna
August 27, 2008 10:40 am

As Mr. Milloy at JunkScience would describe it, this is a real eye-roller.

Ted Annonson
August 27, 2008 10:48 am

All I can say is that if your carbon footprint isn’t big enough to create enough CO2 to grow enough food for you, your family and a third world family, then GET WITH IT!!!

Ted Annonson
August 27, 2008 10:58 am

I didn’t mean just a bunch of veggies. I mean steak & eggs for breakfast, ham & cheesewitch for lunch, grilled NYsteak for supper And a pizza for midnight chow.

August 27, 2008 11:04 am

Will my 7 year old dauter loves Hana Montaina/Milly Cyrus, but won’t be buying that CD for her.

August 27, 2008 11:13 am

America should first wake-up to the Neo-fascism that took over their government first.
But that is a science blog, not a political one!!!
I like the idea of emitting enough carbon to cover my own consumption footprint. Yeah, that’s the way to go. And if I want to feed a few families in Africa, I should emit more CO2. We all can be humanitarian and help the poor.

August 27, 2008 11:25 am

It’s important to get those kids indoctrinated at an early age. Someone has to carry the carbon-offsets-purchased-so-to-be-carbon-neutral torch one day…

August 27, 2008 11:37 am

If you know who
keeps provoking the country of
you know which
then a lot of CO2,
will be produced by the burning
of you know what
in the Gulf of
you know where.
I’m Bushed!

August 27, 2008 11:41 am

One day, these people will appear as fools in history books.

Jim Arndt
August 27, 2008 11:42 am
August 27, 2008 11:43 am

Off topic Fox news is showing artic ice drops to second lowest on record.Anthony what do you have to say about this ? Im sure theses paid of scientist are wrong because other sites are showing ice advancing .And the other sites show pictures too.Why does accuweather global warming blog always show ice as being purple?Also on the accuweather global warming site it says that 2008 cooler blame it on LaNina.Now we are headest into autunm but they say that this year should end up being the 10 warmest.Now if this winter turns out to be cold and snowy ,which the farmers almanic is saying with an 80 to 85 % accuracy rating, what will the global warming nuts say then?Natural variences .How many times do they get to use that statement before we say wait A minute is this really a natural varience or is something changing.Maybe A cool cycle is settleing in .

August 27, 2008 12:16 pm

Glad I don’t have children.

David Segesta
August 27, 2008 12:30 pm

Ok She’s just a kid. What’s Gore’s excuse?

August 27, 2008 12:31 pm

I’d say she had joined the global warming band wagon but wagons are too plebeian for stars and pop princesses. Let’s just say she’s joined the global warming jet set. No carbon footprints, just vapour trails from all the hot air they spout.

Richard deSousa
August 27, 2008 1:30 pm

Great, now we have a mindless teeny bopper leading the other mindless teeny boppers over the cliff like lemmings.

August 27, 2008 1:42 pm

I think it is sickening when we force our (misguided) views on kids….of course, ABC (who owns Disney) is in the hip pocket with the ‘man-made’ global warming crowd. It was probably a management decision to have her record the tune.
For those who know her, they say she is actually a level-headed child..even with all this fame.

August 27, 2008 2:27 pm

Oh, maybe you can spare her
Oh, maybe you can spare me.
Kids these days…

August 27, 2008 2:32 pm

The biggest supporter of cap and trade, bartering hot air, before was, wait for it, try again, yeah, you got it — It was ENRON.
Ask Hanna if she wants to stop photosynthesis … Probably doesn’t even know what that means.
Democrats are famous for using air heads to try and fool the public.

Mike C
August 27, 2008 3:18 pm

Give her time, she’ll grow up to be just like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Evan Jones
August 27, 2008 3:24 pm

America should first wake-up to the Neo-fascism that took over their government first.
Oh, stuff.
It has done nothing of the sort.
Americans say that all the time. But if it were anywhere near true, they wouldn’t get away with saying it.
The day everyone all of a sudden STOPS saying that all the time, THEN I’ll start worrying!

August 27, 2008 3:33 pm

“But if it were anywhere near true, they wouldn’t get away with saying it.” Evan
Well, what’s the trend Evan? Are we getting freer?
But I look forward to meeting you in the concentration camp.
Being American concentration camps, I do admit they will be relatively comfortable.

August 27, 2008 3:36 pm

Sent you mail at info (a t) surfacestations.org about another Al’s lie.
[modified to prevent spam harvesting~charles the moderator]

August 27, 2008 3:48 pm

At least there was some doubt in the lyrics. There is doubt in the subject. Hopefully, over the next decade we can do a better job filtering out natural variation (in some cases admitting there is) to determine a more realistic estimate of climate sensitivity.
It would also be nice to do a do over eliminating questionable proxies in the mean time.

Robert Wood
August 27, 2008 4:16 pm

Probably part of the Al Ibn Gore’s #300 million propaganda campaign.

old construction worker
August 27, 2008 5:09 pm

Maybe Kristen Bynes could enlighter her on the subject of AGW. They’re about the same age.

Pamela Gray
August 27, 2008 5:23 pm

Not worth losing even 10 seconds of sleep over.

August 27, 2008 5:32 pm

Good grief. The girl probably doesn’t know the difference between ice cubes and ice tea. This is all marketing. Same thing occured in the 70s and 80s with the nuke freeze, save the whales, and Farm Aid. I wouldn’t put too much in to this.

August 27, 2008 6:12 pm

Unfortunately, Hanna will be depleted by the year 2013.

August 27, 2008 6:15 pm

bad link above, try this one:

August 27, 2008 6:15 pm

I give up.

Ted Annonson
August 27, 2008 6:55 pm

I remember about one of these blogs that reported on someone who recieved a bunch of letters from a grade school class saying that he was a lier and a criminal for reporting evidence that AGW was a scam, and that he should go to jail.
Also there’s that game for children that counts their carbon footprint and tells them when they should die “TO SAVE THE PLANET”.
I don’t know if that kind of stuff is going on in the schools around here, my boys are both grown up, But if I had grade school kids, I’ed sure find out what they were being taught.

August 27, 2008 7:16 pm

Ted Annonson: How about explaining to your kid that hunters can kill deer because the water the deer drink isn’t poison and won’t kill the hunters if they eat it. This had to be un-learned by my daughter last year. . . After Earth Day and a presentation of the movie on storyofstuff.com with a enviroloon presenter.
I’m certain the message got mangled some since my daughter is 6, but if that’s the impression that she came home with then the presentation was terrible.

Les Francis
August 27, 2008 8:29 pm

Only one show biz personality I Know with credentials to speak out.
Dr Brian May – Astrophysicist. Guitarist and vocalist for rock Group Queen.
The rest?
I prefer this quote from Brad Pitt.:
[Time magazine, 10/13/97] You shouldn’t speak until you know what you’re talking about. That’s why I get uncomfortable with interviews. Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet. Who cares what I think China should do? I’m a f—–g actor! They hand me a script. I act. I’m here for entertainment. Basically, when you whittle everything away, I’m a grown man who puts on makeup.

August 28, 2008 5:47 am

So what is the carbon footprint of manufacturing and distributing 1 million of her CDs?

retired engineer
August 28, 2008 8:11 am

What is the resource depletion (oil, mostly) of making those million CD’s? And what is the land fill pollution when they are thrown away? After all, plastic lasts for millions of years, according to the ecos.

August 28, 2008 9:04 am

Look at this this way… plastics may last a long time in the environment. Their degradation takes a long time but that also means that the leeching of chemicals takes also a long time… enough time for the environment to absorb and dilute the stuff. This is not the case of biodegradable products. They degrade fast and sature the environment with all sorts of broken down chemicals. The environment does not have the time to absorb the stuff.
Of course recycling is important, but people feel good about biodegradables because they don’t see it anymore in the dumps. And now it is in the underground water table…

Jeff Alberts
August 28, 2008 10:42 am

Look at this this way… plastics may last a long time in the environment. Their degradation takes a long time but that also means that the leeching of chemicals takes also a long time… enough time for the environment to absorb and dilute the stuff. This is not the case of biodegradable products. They degrade fast and sature the environment with all sorts of broken down chemicals. The environment does not have the time to absorb the stuff.

And of course “a long time” is very relative.

Ted Annonson
August 28, 2008 11:25 pm

Maybe Mother earth needed plastics in her inventory, so she went to the trouble to raise mankind out of the wild to create plastics. (ah la George Carlin)

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