Say goodbye to Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus. There is now only Ashley O.
Cyrus transformed into a new purple-haired pop star for an episode of the new season of Netflix’s Black Mirror, titled “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” Ashley O is a perky singer who hands out messages like “believe in yourself!” and “be who you wanna be!” and she’s also secretly being controlled by her greedy aunt/manager.
When that greed gets out of control, it’s up to two teen girls and a doll carrying Ashley’s consciousness to save the pop star from a a hologram fate, and if that sounds like it could be the plot of a Disney Channel Original Movie, you’re not totally wrong.
In fact, if this had aired on the Disney Channel, our only confusion would have been, “Huh. I didn’t know you could say the F word on the Disney Channel!” (All of this is a compliment. DCOMs are great.)
Creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have recently spoken about the episode in multiple interviews, and Cyrus herself did a short interview with The Guardian explaining why she signed on and just how close it felt to her real experiences.
HOW THE EPISODE CAME ABOUT
The idea for the episode came from a combo of a few things: a sitcom script written by creator Charlie Brooker about a band that died and came back to life to discover how popular they had become, the trend of artists continuing to tour as holograms after their deaths, and people having Alexas in their homes and “how they provide companionship of a kind,” Brooker told EW.
HOW MILEY CYRUS GOT INVOLVED
Annabel Jones told EW that Cyrus embodied the attitude of the story they were trying to tell, “about an artist and how they’re trying to find their own identity and break out from the commercial machine,” with a story that becomes more heightened and sarcastic and satirical as it goes on.