Miley Cyrus Insults Jews In An Interview, Which Means That Maybe It Is Time For Her To Stop

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As someone who routinely defends Miley Cyrus‘ behavior as all being part of a very well-planned PR stunt, I’m not sure what to do with this latest interview from Hunger TVIn it, she’s running through her usual spiel about being unique and daring and willing to go places that no one else will go, yadda, yadda, yadda. Same old, same old, until we get to this part — the part that will now be known as the Jewish part.

You know me and Rankin were talking about it. With magazines, with movies, it’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70 year old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear. I’m going out, I know what they want to hear.

While I’m totally down with making fun of old people who think they “get” what the kids like, I’m not as down with throwing the word Jewish in there like it’s just another adjective. And full disclosure, before we go any further, I am Jewish. So I’m probably eighteen thousand times more sensitive to comments like this because I grew up with comments like this.

Calling an old guy Jewish in this context isn’t about pointing out his religious preferences, it’s about calling out certain, unflattering characteristics. This one, no doubt, goes back to the idea that Jews run the media. Which isn’t necessarily an insult until you realize the insinuations that go along with that idea. We don’t need to dive into a full conversation on Jewish stereotypes in the media on a Monday morning, we just need to acknowledge that this wasn’t an acceptable thing for Miley Cyrus to say. Even though I don’t think she’s currently out and about smashing menorahs and protesting Chanukah, it’s a Paula-Deen-type slip that makes me think that this isn’t the first time she’s used the word “Jewish” in a negative context. (Even if she does have so many Jewish friends.)

After a long few months of being accused of appropriating black culture and using little people for shock value in her performance, I think that it’s maybe time for her to take a quick break and reflect on some of her recent choices and how they make her look. She only has so many “I’m just being Miley” moments left before people start accusing her of embracing racism, ignorance and intolerance.

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    • Rochelle Annakie

      I really think this is being blown out of proportion. I don’t see the big deal at all, but I’m not Jewish so maybe I just don’t get it. If she had said ‘Black guy’ instead though, I still don’t think I’d be offended (I’m Black) and I’m usually pretty sensitive myself to stuff like that.

      • Diana

        I’m Jewish and I’m not offended.

      • Jenni

        What do you think she meant by Jewish?

      • Rochelle Annakie

        That’s the thing. In this context, I think she means someone who’s a part of the Jewish faith or someone whose parents are Jewish. Either or a combination of those. I honestly don’t think she meant to imply anything negative.

      • abbeysbooks

        Do you really think Miley thinks about the resonances and consequences of anything she says? She just says what she says. Direct. You wanna clean up the dust that falls? Go ahead.

      • Diana

        I think she meant her bosses. Or perhaps Clive Davis? Either way it’s probably true that some 70 year Jewish guy sitting at a desk is trying to tell her what’s cool. If it’s a fact, why shouldn’t she say it?

      • Jenni

        Because him being Jewish shouldn’t be relevant to things he says or does, with the exception of him telling her to put more Hebrew in her songs. I would be upset if a Crushable writer said, “I don’t need a Jewish editor telling me where to put commas” about me.

      • Diana

        That’s a good point. She’s also spreading her white trash ignorance to her millions of fans. I guess I just don’t get offended by these types of things. But I do have an idea – let’s teach Miley a lesson about who is really in charge. Let’s organize a bunch of old Jewish men and make a video to Beyonce’s Run the World but replace girls with Jews. Jews! We run the world. Who run the world? Jews!

      • FauxRealFaux

        I hate the whole “white trash” comment it implies that all other ethnicities are trash. Why quantify trash?

      • abbeysbooks

        You just don’t live around it in the Ozarks to be able to appreciate it. It is not all negative by any means. 2 days after Obama’s election they knew he was a fake. Never fooled by him at all. That’s white trash for ya.

      • FauxRealFaux

        I love when people insert anti-Obama political statements while everyone else is discussing Miley Cyrus. Around here we call that trolling- and you aint fooling me.

      • abbeysbooks

        Is that a fact.

      • MCR

        If she was thinking of a specific person, maybe it was a way of pointing him out without using his name. In that case, she might have used any equally irrelevant adjective: “some fat 70 year old” or “some golf-addicted 70 year old” or whatever.

      • abbeysbooks

        The old-timers who WERE Hollywood were Jews with little conscience or political awareness at a very sensitive time, when millions of Jews desperately needed them to have a conscience and the courage to speak out in any way they could. NOne of them could match the fingernails of an Edward Snowden.

      • abbeysbooks

        Everyone of a certain age knows Hollywood was begun and ruled by old Jewish men of a certain type.

      • abbeysbooks

        LOL! Great comment.

      • abbeysbooks

        One has to realize that the Jews are getting blowback from the Palestine quarantine and torture. Anit-semitism is on the rise because of the way Israel is handling the Palestine problem using US weapons and money. The Israelis/Jews are doing to Palestinians what was done to the Jews in Europe under Fascism. Just a matter of time until young people start tossing shit back at them. They have no memory of the war, the Camps, the gas chambers, nothing. All they see and know is what the Jews are doing today to the Palestinians and they hate them for it. As Philip Roth the writer has said about this, their guilt cachet is about empty concerning the Holocaust.

      • MCR

        I’m sure that’s exactly what she was thinking. It’s probably a spontaneously arising youth campaign. Standing by for further references to Jewish people doing work they are slightly unqualified for.

      • FauxRealFaux

        I hate when people reference race to make some type of point. For example, when I hear “I was walking outside and these three big black guys headed toward me…” Why not say “three big guys”?

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    • Tot

      While some people may not take offense to this comment, being flippant with this kind of vocabulary is bound to offend others. When it comes to sensitive issues such as race, sexuality, religion, etc. and you are an A-list celebrity giving an interview, throwing around the word “Jewish” is never a good idea. There’s a reason why she added “Jewish” and didn’t leave it as “70 year old man.” We’ll never know exactly what she meant, but we can infer a negative connotation by her phrasing.

      I’m not her biggest fan (I definitely don’t think she’s a good role model), but I’m in full support of not jumping on the “We Hate Miley” bandwagon, since I certainly would not have liked to have grown up in her shoes. But I second the notion that she’s only making things worse for herself by her use of cultural appropriation and ignorant remarks.

    • Samantha

      I’m not sure what to take from this. I’m not Jewish and don’t fully understand, but if people are offended, I agree, Miley needs to take a step back and reflect. She’s young and dumb right now (not that that is an excuse for her behavior) she’s going to do stupid things. It might look amazing now, but it will impact her in the future. This “Just being Miley” BS is getting cold.

    • DonkeyKong

      I think she’s referencing that fact that in Hollywood especially Jewish people are prevalent in the entertainment industry. I don’t think her intentions were to be anti-semitic in any way.

      • Jenni

        Why do you think she said Jewish? If he was Christian, do you still think she would have said “some Christian 70-year-old”?

      • abbeysbooks

        Oh c’mon. Read what any old time actress has to say about them. Crawford, Turner, etc. Even Sharon Stone insulted them altho she left out the Jew part but everyone could read it in for themselves. As Philip Roth the JEWISH writer has said, Jews have used up the goodies from the Holocaust and all that guilt, they are on their own now doing to the Palestinians what was done to them. That’s Freud Jenni! Identification with the aggressor.

    • Meghan

      I strongly suspect she is specifically talking about her label exec, who is a 74 year old Jewish man. I don’t think she was being bigoted or trying to offend anyone, just saying that just because runs her label doesn’t mean that he knows what people her age want to listen to.

      People are blowing this way out of proportion because of her other antics recently… which, if you read the rest of that interview, is totally what she’s going for. And it’s working. So good for her.

      • Michel92

        Good for her? So it’s okay for her to say anything offensive that she wants because it’s good for PR and gets her more attention?? What she said–and what you said–are just wrong in every way.

    • Jenni Moore

      I strongly agree with everything stated here.

      • bee

        It is annoying to hear about some nameless, faceless, executive, allegedly being Jewish, but never or rarely about famous members of Miley’s generation, being Jewish.

        So here, for future reference:

        Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Andrew Garfield, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

        Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan.

        Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Ansel Elgort.

        Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

    • Michel92

      No, Jenni, you aren’t eighteen thousand times more sensitive. I’m not Jewish and I find her comment deeply offensive, too, just as everyone else I know does. She acts like she’s so cool, like she’s so in touch with what “her” generation likes? We don’t like the type of serious ignorance and insensitivity issues she has.

      I think it’s strange that she doesn’t apologize.

      • Jenni

        Thank you for making me feel a little less like a baby about this whole thing.

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    • Queen

      I’m not jewish but i would be pissed off if a celebrity makes a snarky comment about my race. it’s like hate towards bisexuality. bisexual stereotypes are bs too. miley cyrus is becoming an ugly justin bieber clone.

    • Brooklyn

      Who are you fooling? Only yourself. She knows her business associates and executives more than well, as she’s grown-up in show business. She’s made them millions. She knows whose in charge, and so does everyone else.. You’re actually bragging, and not insulted in the least. If the executive of whom she speaks is Jewish, she’s notvreferring to his religion. She’s the “goy” who doesn’t want to do his bidding. He’s the one whose made his ethnic group an issue for her. He knows whom she’s referring. It’s not the Italian or Japanese man, it’s that Jewish man whom she’s trying to break away from, and not you.

    • John

      It’s too bad we have the bill of rights to say whatever we want. It’s taking you Jews a long time to get around that one. Sorry about your feelings. Maybe of you stopped meddling in other people’s lives you wouldn’t get massacred every 400 years. You even tell black NFL players what is offensive! How about those pesky Russians! Vlad has blamed the Ukrane situation on nazis and wanted to go protect the Jews. Looks like someone is stealing your best material. I think Jews should be more introspective. What are you doing to make people hate you so much? You should read the New Testament so you have a better understanding of our culture! I also think you owe Iran Lebanon, Syria, and the Palestinians a humble apology. Stop taking the ?? Billions a year you get from the United States taxpayers. Last but not least beg forgiveness from all the little girls who got raped because or your multicultural mass migrations. NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS!!! MILEY CYRIS is your dancing monkey anyway. That’s your fart, I’m sorry it smells bad!

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