THIS TIME, THE CULTURE BANDIT STOLE MY HEART
Ohhhh Miley Cyrus really grinds my gears! "I love her. I hate her. Then I love her again" ...I think *G.O.O.D Music lyric.* Her little stunt this Sunday at the VMA's really had me stuck. My first reaction was "girl stop flexing and go accept your award." Then I was like "oh, so you're too 'good' to speak and accept your own award?" THEN I was like "oh, so you're Captain Save a Ho-meless Man, now?" Then I was like "Oh, Damn. Oh my God." TEARS. "What!?! Wow, that was ridiculously amazing and selfless, Miles. She's really passionate and empathetic about this." More tears.
Maybe I was distracted by my own blind compassion and easily-pushed empathetic buttons or maybe it was "The Man" tricking me again, but Miley Cyrus really touched my heart and brought me closer back to her lackluster backside.
Despite the ease she takes to culturally appropriate and change personas, I'm a sucker for people who genuinely enjoy and feel obligated to help disadvantaged people, so I couldn't dislike her as much anymore - not that she cares anyways.
I couldn't bring myself to roll my eyes at someone who - even if it was possibly for publicity - truly made a difference in someone else's life, which that young man will remember forever.
Additionally, Miley was able to bring light to the fact that there is a significantly high homeless demographic in America as well. Not all of these young people are not homeless because they chose to be. According to the :
"The Alliance estimates that during a year there are approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults up to age 24 who experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week. Approximately 380,000 of those youth are under the age of 18. While these are rough estimate made using imperfect information, it is a good starting point from which communities and the federal government can begin to scale resources and interventions...Ultimately, better, more accurate data must be collected on the number of youth that experience homelessness as well as the effective interventions to end homelessness for youth. Currently, only approximately 50,000 youth per year are served by targeted homeless youth programs. Clearly this falls far short of demand and more resources are needed to respond adequately to youth homelessness and communities should include youth in their long-term strategic planning efforts to end homelessness for all populations."
Let us not forget those youth who are apart of the LGBT community. To already feel like an outcast to society is horrible, but to also be shunned and mentally and/or physically thrown out by your loved ones is something that these youth cannot control.
"An injustice somewhere is an injustice everywhere." - Martin Luther King Jr. And Ghandi.
So to Miley Cyrus, thank you for helping one community, even though you have little respect for another. That was a sincere thank you. Lol.
You can help too by visiting dosomething.org endhomelessness.org. We want celebrities to be more socially conscious, outspoken, and active but we need to also do the same.