It was great to see Miley Cyrus put her energy into a good cause instead of putting her energy into something that provides the crowd with shock value. Last night at the VMA’s Miley’s date was a homeless 22-year-old man and when she won the “Video of the Year Award” for “Wrecking Ball,” she sent Jesse Helt on stage in her place.
As MSN Wonderwall reports on Aug 26, Miley let the young man accept her award and give a short, but potent speech on homeless people, just like him. He told the crowd of celebrities that he came out to Hollywood with the same dreams that they had when they landed there.
Miley walked him to the bottom of the stairs of the stage and stood below with the crowd and listened to Helt speak. She had tears in her eyes from this unselfish gesture. Now that Helt has had his 15 minutes of fame, he gets more air time as a man wanted on a warrant, reports Yahoo Celebrity.
Oregon police have a warrant out for this homeless man’s arrest. Polk County Corrections Director Silbernagel said that Helt does indeed have an active warrant out for his arrest. It is stemming from a burglary attempt in 2010. He has violated his terms of probation multiple times, according to court records.
Helt pleaded guilty to the charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. The police in his home state of Oregon have checked his mother’s house and he wasn’t there. They plan to go back soon and when they get him, he said it will be up to the judge whether Helt will continue on with his probation or if he will get jail time.
Tuesday when the news broke in the media, Miley took to Twitter to say "People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included. I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it."
She's right, unfortunately many homeless people have a lot of baggage they carry around in the form of legal problems. Many get hit with trespassing because they have no home. Others have at one time or another have been so hungry that they've taken food. Still there are people who hide among the homeless population that have done some hefty crimes in the past. You don't become homeless overnight, it is a journey that spirals downward.