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!
Jay-Z isn’t the first rapper to make a connection with the Occupy Wall Street movement; Kanye has stopped by the New York City protest, and Russell Simmons has done everything but set up a cot and unroll his sleeping bag in Zuccotti Park. When it comes to protest fashion, however, Hov got the jump on the rest; as of today his Rocawear line will be featuring a line of shirts sporting the slogan “Occupy All Streets.” Objectively, that seems like a pretty great addition to any wardrobe; if only some of the proceeds were actually going to the movement that makes that phrase something the kids would want to buy.
According to Rocawear’s spokesperson, Jay-Z‘s brand has not “made an official commitment” to supporting the movement with the shirts. Now, of course Hov has the right to do whatever he wants with his gear within reason. That being said, Hov has already made it in the 1%. Maybe it’s time to spread some love to the other 99? Think of how good all those drum circles would sound with some new skins! Well…or at least better.
Last night, Russell Brand joined the ranks of famous folk showing support for the Occupy Wall Street crowd. We’d insert some joke about the life lessons he learned about America’s great class divide while on the set of Arthur, except ole Rusty already has a history of supporting anti-capitalist protests (and this is a real history, not like the one we made up for Penn Badgley). Back in 2009 he appeared at the G20 protests in London. So there, celebrity skeptics. He also tweeted his support of protesters in London last week.
Wife Katy Perry also took to Twitter to co-sign Russell’s participation. “i know my hubby @rustyrockets is there now…still… reppin us both! Tell him to call his wife if you see him! lolz.”
One thing, Katy. Next time the husband goes out into a protest in the rain, make sure he brings an umbrella or a jacket. Maybe the clear plastic bag was a statement of solidarity, but it’s also just silly.
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If only every group of protesters had their own incredibly wealthy rap mogul behind them, we could probably sort out societal problems a lot quicker. As you might have seen on the TV or the Interwebs, Russell Simmons has become something of a fixture at New York’s Occupy Wall Street protest, so much so that he offered to clean an entire park out of his own (bulging) pocket rather than see protesters get kicked out for a cleaning. “Dear @MikeBloomberg — I will pay for clean-up of Zuccotti Park to avoid confrontation. I don’t wanna go to jail but I will be there ready!,” Russell tweeted. Luckily we all know that millionaires don’t go to jail, so…your move, city officials!
While New York’s Mayor Bloomberg probably could have really used the money (couldn’t we all?), in the end the owners of the park called off the cleaning, leaving Russell free to continue his frequent, Kanye West-filled visits down town. Maybe now Russell and Kanye can pool all their money to hose down the entire banking system? Or even just some other, filthier park?
[Photo: Russell Simmons' Twitter]
Ah, the eternal conundrum that is Kanye West! Dripping with gold chains, Kanye visited Occupy Wall Street with Russell Simmons in New York today, taking a break from shopping with Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Babyonce at Intermix to do so. Or maybe Kanye took a break from protesting to go shopping. It’s that optical illusion of the old woman or the young girl; in reality, both answers are correct.
“I just walked @kanyewest thru the #occupywallstreet. I love how sweet and tolerant he was to the crowd,” Russell tweeted, which we assume means Kanye didn’t yank a megaphone out of anyone’s hand to explain how he’ll let Anonymous finish, but the Tiananmen Square protest of 1989 was the one of the best protests of all time. Of all time!
[Photo: Russell Simmons' Twitter]