Jewish Journal


October 10, 2013

Miley Cyrus doesn’t want a 70-year-old Jewish man telling her what to do


Singer Miley Cyrus performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York on Oct. 7. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Singer Miley Cyrus performs on NBC's 'Today' show in New York on Oct. 7. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters

It seems impossible that Miley Cyrus could put her foot in her mouth, what with that enormous tongue she’s always sticking out taking up so much room in there. Somehow, though, pop star has gone and done exactly that.

In a recent interview with the website Hunger TV, Cyrus spoke of how she is the authority on what her audience wants to see, and that too often creative decisions are made by people who are out of touch. Jewish and out of touch, to be more specific.

“It’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old,” she said. “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.”

More offensive than essentially performing a strip tease on national television, you say? But don’t freak out, Tablet’s Liel Leibovitz advises in a thoughtful analysis:

Let us not, however, alert the Anti-Defamation League quite yet: Cyrus is nothing but a compulsive tinkerer with her own image, and her hip hop phase, one imagines and hopes, won’t last long. When she emerges from it, in a few years, her mind too mature and her hips too stiff for anything too obviously suggestive, she may come to recognize the beautiful irony in having set out to be authentic like the kids in the clubs but ending up as an aging Jewish record executive herself.

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