Miley Cyrus: 2009's Worst Celebrity Influence
Hannah Montana star gets nearly half of votes—from fellow kids
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2009 9:58 AM CDT
Miley Cyrus performs at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday Aug. 9, 2009, in Universal City, Calif.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – Even her fellow teens and tweens are sick of Miley Cyrus' slanty-eyed pictures and pole dancing hijinks. The Disney starlet was voted Worst Celeb Influence of 2009, winning out over drunk-driving Shia LaBeouf, racy-photo-posing Vanessa Hudgens, Taylor-Swift-interrupting Kanye West, and the self-explanatory Britney Spears. Cyrus got an impressive 42% of votes in the poll on AOL's Just So You Know website for 9- to 15-year-olds—although she also got 16% of votes for Favorite Female Artist.

"I think Miley is in an interesting space where she is trying to graduate from being Hannah Montana and a Disney Channel celebrity and coming into her own and having a career beyond Disney," the editor tells Reuters. "I think her fans still want her to be the sweet Hannah Montana and she is trying to age up. Parents are definitely resisting it."