Miley Cyrus is riding a storm of publicity that started when she released her We Can’t Stop music video with its twerking and references to drug use. After her MTV Music Video Award performance and her Wrecking Ball music video, she has managed to remain a hot topic in the news, which was what the young singer wanted. But her recent remarks in an interview came across as both anti-semitic and ageist, and they will ruffle more than a few feathers.
The 20 year-old former Hannah Montana should look to Mel Gibson for guidance on the slippery road of dissing the Jewish community. While the 57 year-old film star came out with a drunken rant against Jewish people when he was being arrested, his outburst could be put down to an overabundance of alcohol and personal stress.
Miley’s interview with Hunger TV was given in slightly different circumstances to Gibsons, but her comments could be taken very badly by not only members of the Hollywood Jewish community but the older population as well. Her We Can’t Stop director has already fanned that fire by stating that Miley is not intended for “old people” and the singer’s Today Show interview gave the ex Disney star the chance to further show her contempt for older folks.
With all Cyrus’s determination to kill off the Montana part of her life along with her desire to be seen as a “grownup” she has not learned how to give a mature interview yet. In her desire to continually shock fans and the public she has actually crossed a line that could spell the beginning of the end of her meteoric rise in media coverage.
The young singer has been actively pursuing controversy. By twerking into singer Robin Thicke’s crotch on MV; appearing nude in her Wrecking Ball Music video; and managing to insult mental health groups around the world. She could soon join Mel Gibson as social outcast. She should learn by Mel’s example.
Gibson made his offensive anti-semitic remarks and it all but ruined his career. Although after appearing in Machete Kills, it could be considered dead and buried. Miley has committed the dual offense of mirroring Mel’s attitude along with being openly ageist and unsympathetic to people with mental diseases. Her recent statement will definitely ruffle a few feathers.
In this present climate of no one wanting to offend anyone else, Miley may just have taken a publicity misstep that could cost her dearly in terms of future gigs, recording deals, and friends in the industry. This latest gaffe, when combined with her abysmal treatment of 46 year-old Irish singer Sinead O’Connor does not show her in a good light.
She has professed in several interviews that she does not regret anything she has done as it is a waste of time and effort. The Wrecking Ball singer says that she is continually looking forward and is focussed on making a permanent transition in her career. Cyrus has sexualized herself to the maximum extent possible, stopping just short of selling her body on a street corner.
Last week the performer attacked O’Connor and implied by her actions that she does not have a lot of respect for herself or older members of society. It seems that the crime that the older O’Connor committed with her concerned open letter to Miley was that of being older and acting it.
The We Can’t Stop performer doesn’t seem to understand that sexualizing yourself, or as Sinead put it pimping yourself, does not make you an adult. Making suggestive videos; performing nude; and taking part in over the top sexual routines are not a sign of maturity. It is, in fact, the actions of a troubled child desperate for her parent’s attention.
Her anti-semitic and ageist comment, about not letting some 70 year-old Jewish guy tell her what to do, will not have the desired effect that her other publicity seeking antics have. Feathers will be ruffled by her remarks and it could hurt her. She is, at the moment, still a hot topic on the internet and in other forms of media. But if she doesn’t watch out, she’ll be relegated to the back benches like Mel Gibson. She needs to learn not to bite the hand that feeds her or she may find that her career has been very quickly shortened.
By Michael Smith