Recent birthday girl and alleged pothead Miley Cyrus is making headlines once again today for her controversial behavior, but this time it’s political. The former Disney star is adding her voice to Occupy Wall Street protests by releasing a music video consisting entirely of footage from the world wide demonstrations. She posted the clip for the 2010 song “Liberty Walk” to her YouTube account, dedicating it to “the thousands of people who are standing up for what they believe in…” This move has upset her more conservative fans, or more appropriately, the more conservative parents of her fans.”Miley Cyrus is now banned from my house along with 30 other entertainment political wannabes,” one furious father commented on her channel.
Is the clip really so inflammatory? Miley might be promoting revolution, but weren’t people like George Washington considered revolutionary in their day? Do conservatives have a problem with our founding fathers!? Well we won’t stand for it! We got your back, Miley! In fact, she may be the best friend freedom has ever had. Although it may take a couple of listens to fully digest her lyrics, you can soon see that Miley is obviously following in the footsteps of great freedom fighters of the past.
For example, Abraham Lincoln once said that “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
Miley echoed this sentiment with a defiant:
“Don’t stop, keep on walkin’ it.
Don’t stop, keep on talkin’ s–t”
Cruise under the jump to see the now-infamous video, and more of our in-depth analysis!
The road to freedom isn’t always a quick and easy one. But as Winston Churchill once said: “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path.”
Miley countered with this poignant message:
“And you know in the end it’ll be okay.
Cause all that really matters are the steps ya take
And everything else falls into place
There’s no price to pay
I say well alright (Alright)
Yeah yeah (Yeah yeah).”
Civil rights crusader Nelson Mandela puts forth the idea that “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
Similarly, Miley urges us to:
“[Not] be afraid to make a move
It won’t hurt you
Just do what you were born to do
And everything works out right.”
Founding father Patrick Henry famously said “Give me liberty or give me death,” implying that life without freedom isn’t worth living.
Miley also links independence with life:
“It’s a liberty walk, walk
Feelin your heart again
Breathin new oxygen.”
And to wrap things up, here are some final thoughts on freedom from the Queen of all Media, Oprah Winfrey. “Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”
And Miley signs off with some stirring words:
“It’s a liberty walk, walk!
Slam the door!
Not a prisoner anymore!
It’s a liberty walk, walk, walk.”
So there you have it. Go forth, young Occupy-ers, and let Miley guide you! Walk walk walk that Liberty Walk! Watch the video for some inspiration.