By Whitney Pastorek
Updated January 06, 2010 at 12:00 PM EST

Miley Cyrus — reportedly the only teenager in America who doesn’t give a rip about Twilight — is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar this month, and uses the accompanying interview to speak her mind about the negative press she’s been getting for what seems like a thousand years but has really only been since about the same time she took off the blond Hannah Montana wig. “My job is to be a role model, and that’s what I want to do, but my job isn’t to be a parent,” she tells Harper’s. “My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I’m still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life.”

I think sensible people can agree that she makes a good point. But what about the following, in which she criticizes all the clutched-pearls hysteria surrounding her “racy” Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vanity Fair? “Here my parents are thinking they’re seeing a beautiful photograph by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that?” she says. “It doesn’t make sense to us because [my family] doesn’t look for negativity. But people don’t want to say ‘What a great performance’ or ‘What a great shot.”No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn’t sell a magazine.”

I’ve gotta give it to her: If I’d titled this post “Miley Cyrus is pretty and seems like she’d be fun to hang out with,” you probably wouldn’t have clicked on it. General negativity — whether it’s snarky commentary (oops), quotes taken out of context, or blowing a non-event way out of proportion — does seem to be the way of the world, even more so in these instamatic, blogtastic times. But because I like Miley, and I really like “Party in the USA,” below, which I have been playing on repeat while writing this blog post, I am going to try and be a little nicer to her for the rest of the afternoon. Because she is pretty. And she seems like she’d be fun to hang out with. God this is boring. What do you think, PopWatchers?