Jonathan Martin tweets about Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and today’s pop culture

For some reason, I found this interesting. On Tuesday night (technically early Wednesday morning), Jonathan Martin sent out the following tweet, opining on pop culture:

From one lightning rod to another. Anyone and everyone has an opinion on Bieber, and the same goes for Martin. When called out by followers (in all the typically wonderful keyboard courage you would imagine), Martin clarified his statement a bit.

He even agreed with one of the more level-headed opinions you may ever hear regarding the swagged-out Canadian.

But here’s the thing: hasn’t Martin made questionable decisions (haven’t we all)? Did he handle the Dolphins saga as best as he could? There’s little doubt that Richie Incognito is unstable, but much of the media maelstrom was due to Martin’s camp and how they chose to diffuse information. Granted, it’s not speeding through residential areas or picking up a DUI, but questionable decisions nonetheless.

Beyond Bieber, and perhaps more interesting, was Martin’s final tweet of the evening. It was in regards to Miley Cyrus and feminism.

A month removed from his string of misogynistic text messages (a sampling: “I’m gonna get more bitches in 2 nights than all of you combined”) with Incognito having been released, and Martin is commenting on feminism.

Cyrus’ oversexualized performance art is akin to Cher, who begat Madonna, who begat Britney Spears (and the list goes on Trina, Lil Kim, etc.), as a woman owning her sexuality and acting out against the masculine world. One could make the argument that it’s a ramped up version of Kate Chopin.

Jonathan Martin, who, over the course of 1,000 texts, repeatedly sought out sexualized women is now viewing them in terms of open-ended feminism.

I don’t think that the remarks about Bieber or Miley Cyrus are a pot-kettle situation. And they’re certainly not, as TMZ called it, cyber-bullying. But rather a young man, in a public forum, sifting through his thoughts on interpersonal relationships.

What’s more, from the bullying saga, with all of its attention and fallout, Martin brings forth the same issues in sport as Bieber and Cyrus do in popular culture: scandal, sex, intrigue, and handling the pressure of fame. Ultimately, it’s the tale of living in the public eye, whether by way of a voyeuristic media or self-admission through social media.