Miley Cyrus is currently involved in a pending criminal investigation surrounding an incident that occurred while she was performing in Mexico on Mexican Independence Day, which fell this past Tuesday. If found guilty of the alleged charges, the penalty consists of a 36-hour jail sentence as well as a $1200 fine.
The 21-year-old was performing her signature twerk dance move in Monterrey, all while wearing an enormous prosthetic bottom attached to her own, when one of her dancers whipped said prosthetic with a twisted up Mexican flag. Although the incident appeared to be only in good fun, Mexican authorities are taking it extremely seriously. Desecration of a country’s flag or national symbol in any way, shape or form is considered a criminal offense and any perpetrators of this offense are not let off easily.
Officials in the state of Nuevo Leon reportedly want to see Cyrus prosecuted for her offense, and are refusing to allow the fact that she is a high-profile celebrity influence their decision in any way. In 2007, Mexican pop star and former The X Factor judge Paulina Rubio was fined four thousand dollars for appearing in a magazine with the country’s flag wrapped around her naked body.
Cyrus, herself, has certainly been facing her fair share of controversy in the past month. Just a few days ago, the Tennessee native came under fire for her cover of Led Zeppelin’s hit song Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, a choice which many listeners felt she had nowhere near enough musical talent to attempt pulling off. After posting the cover on her Soundcloud, Cyrus was met with a tirade of hateful comments and negative responses, with one listener even going to far as to say the Wrecking Ball hit-maker had ruined music for them entirely. Cyrus did not appear to pay the less-than-thrilled responses much mind, explaining that Zeppelin was a personal favorite of hers and she was going to continue to cover whatever music she felt the urge to.
The singer was also publicly scrutinized in August for bringing a homeless man with a criminal record to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. She allowed the man, Jesse Helt, to accept her award for Video of the Year on behalf of the homeless population of America. He then gave what many felt to be an inspiring speech concerning the growing epidemic that is homelessness, explaining that many of these individuals have nowhere to sleep and do not know where their next meal is coming from. All this while Cyrus wept quietly in the audience.
In the days following the event, however, Helt was revealed to have a criminal past and to currently be in the middle of a lengthy court process to keep him out of jail. The man’s legal problems reportedly began back in 2010, after a breaking and entry charge related to a botched marijuana drug deal. Shortly following the VMAs, Helt showed up late to his court appearance (an appearance that stemmed from a breach of probation earlier that year) and was subsequently warned that jail time was a very possible consequence should he do so again. After paying the required ten percent of his required bail money, Helt left the courthouse and was soon after photographed giving the middle finger to photographers who tried to question him.
It remains to be seen what will become of the Mexican authorities’ investigation into Miley Cyrus’ recent flag related incident. Neither she nor her representatives have yet given any statement regarding the matter.
by Rebecca Grace