• Wed, Aug 27 - 10:07 am ET

Miley Cyrus Proves She’s Delusional By Defending That Fake Homeless Guy

I had some sympathy for Miley Cyrus when she first started getting backlash for bringing that homeless guy to the MTV Video Music Awards, but now that she’s getting so defensive and refusing to take responsibility for the fact that she made a mistake, I’m really losing patience with her.

Listen, I love the idea of bringing awareness to youth homelessness as much as everybody else. I think that’s a great cause, and there are many excellent ways to support it. I just don’t think that one of them is by swinging through an LA shelter, picking up the first reasonably attractive, twenty-something dude you see, and bringing them to the VMAs with you, no questions asked. That’s how you end up sending up a homeless guy to accept your award who’s A. not homeless, B. an aspiring model, and C. wanted by the police for multiple probation violations stemming from three arrests between the years of 2010 and 2011.

But for as much as the rest of us are facepalming and accepting that this (perhaps well-intentioned but probably more Macklemore-ian and self-congratulatory) gesture backfired in a major way, Miley isn’t there yet. Instead of acknowledging that by failing to do any research on this guy, she actually did a disservice to the cause she was trying to represent, she’s trying to shift the blame to the media for calling her out on her error.

No one is denying that homeless people live very difficult lives, and perhaps you’re right that Jesse Helt has as well. Those two things just have nothing in common because a young man whose mom says about him and his lifestyle choices — “It was his choice, he was always welcome, he could always come back any time. If he needed help, I’d help him, we help one another” — is not homeless.

You know what? I hope so too. Despite your best efforts.

Aside from the fact that your sentence structure is ascribing the ‘inaction’ to the homeless people, this has absolutely nothing to do with the task at hand. Because remember from before? Jesse = not homeless.

Girl, come on. Get your head out of your ass for a second and take responsibility for yourself. Jesse isn’t your friend, he’s your pet project, and if you think you’re not exploiting this dude just as much as you’re accusing other people of doing, then you’re wildly delusional. What other reason can you give for sending him up to get your award and give his speech and then plopping yourself down on a railing so you could sit in shot and cry?  That’s about two glasses of wine away from watching yourself cry into a mirror while an Adele song plays, and we all know it.

So get self-righteous and defensive as much as you want, because that’s a twenty-one year old’s perogative. Just next time you spontaneously decide to put a face on youth homelessness on national television, first make sure he’s not an aspiring model, and then make sure he’s not an aspiring homeless person. Just a thought.

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  • Jenni

    Do you think the same person who started the “Sofia Vergara is racist” thing also started the media on this pro-youth-homeless media witch hunt?

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Julie Bowen? Because yes, she is behind all the evil in Hollywood.

  • Samantha Escobar

    “The media never fails to disappoint. You’ve chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of youth homelessness :(”
    Um…no, girl. You decided to make your own fake tears the fucking issue instead of championing the cause in a way that doesn’t make you look like the same rich assholes who throw a benefit for homelessness but wouldn’t step foot in a homeless shelter.

    • Jenni

      She said it herself, there are 1.6 million homeless youth that she could’ve chosen as her pet project, but she chose Jesse.

    • Jessieface

      Also, if you want to bring light to an issue, it is usually best to do a little research first, before you pick your mascot. Instead of picking an actual homeless person, she chose an aspiring model / criminal with supportive parents who have a perfectly good home and money to help with who decided making it on his own was being hard headed and ‘being homeless’ instead of accepting help from his parents. What makes Miley’s fans help, or Miley’s help any different than the help his parents seemed more than willing to give? She went in and chose the shiniest object she could find, and stage mom-ed the shit out of his speech. She might as well of been mouthing the words to his speech along with him.

  • M_G

    I showed this story to a co-worker of mine….

    Co-worker: Why doesn’t she understand the difference between being homeless and being an aspiring model?
    Me: I don’t know…maybe she thinks Jesse should have the BEEEEESSST OF BOTH WORLDS!!!!
    Co-worker: -_-
    Me: Hehe…he…..

    • Nbl

      I hate how much I love you

  • MCR

    I’m hoping against hope that everything she’s done for the past year can eventually be blamed on an insane, Svengali-like publicist.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I think that publicist is Miley herself, going rogue.

  • Jen TheTit Whipper

    Oh Miley. You can bring awareness to a multitude of causes without ever traipsing someone in front of the cameras. Seriously, it happens. This has brought some awareness to the issue, but thanks to her there are now people out there who think that homeless teens (and adults) choose to be homeless and can just go home anytime. So thanks. You fucked it up. Own it.

  • Jessieface

    “That’s about two glasses of wine away from watching yourself cry into a mirror while an Adele song plays, and we all know it.”

    This is poetry.

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