This blog post currently appears in The Times of Israel:
So the twerkin wasn’t workin’ and now dear Miley has decided to recycle yet another cliched stereotype – the music industry is controlled by “70 year old Jewish men” who don’t seem to know what young people want from their popstars.
Here is what Miley said on Hunger TV:
“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.”
It begs the question, is Miley trying to assert her new adult image on us by being as controversial as possible and trotting out stupid statements or has she been smoking a little to much doobie? Maybe she is just channelling her inner Mel Gibson.
Do we call Miley an anti -Semite and accuse her of taking a wrecking ball to her career (I hear the collective groan but I really could not resist!) or do we just shrug it off as another over-marketed teeny bopper trying to prove she does have the chops to be taken seriously?
Girl, you better check yourself before you wreck-ing ball (okay so she makes it too easy!) yourself.
Put your tongue back in your mouth, it is tripping you up!
Here is why these types of comments are just not kosher. Apart from being offensive in that they single out a certain population group and dredge up an ugly stereotype, young celebrities whose social media presence is massive with millions of Twitter followers are fast becoming the mouthpiece of a generation. Justin Bieber famously called Anne Frank a “Belieber” in reference to her possibly being a fan of his and many accused him of being insensitive and Anti-Semitism. But seriously, when was the last time a young pop star visited a museum?
Now nobody is saying Miley should be a role model. The latex undies and crotch skimming foam finger took care of that but as someone who has legions of young fans hanging on her every tweet, perhaps she needs to tighten the connection between brain and mouth. If Miley wants to lick sledgehammers and give us the finger, that is her prerogative. Racist comments are non-negotiable. There is no street-cred in bigotry.
We all get the message. Hannah Montana is a BIG girl now. While Miley’s tongue probably has its own Twitter handle and receives more column inches than its actual length, it needs to be better informed. Until such time, if it wants to be more rock ‘n roll, get it pierced. Have something tattoo’ed.
We live in age of social media where we know everything from what our favourite schleb had for breakfast, the intimate details of their love lives and their thoughts and opinions on just about everything. You are nobody unless you can opine in under 140 characters.
Cyrus has not apologised or offered any kind of explanation for her comments. Those “70 year old Jewish men” know a thing or two about creating the careers of some of the world sbest know artists. They also know how to Perhaps she will be just one more over-exposed wannabe on her way to the garbage bin of has-beens.
Put on your big girl knickers and show some contrition before you become #Mileywho?