What a difference a year makes! One year after she made headlines – and not in a good way – for her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus created some better buzz as she accepted her latest Moonman on Sunday.
The 21-year-old pop superstar won this year’s VMA for Video of the Year for her song “Wrecking Ball,” but instead of delivering a speech or a twerk-flled performance, Cyrus sent a formerly homeless man on stage to accept the award for her in a bid to raise awareness for youth homelessness. On Monday, The New York Daily News posted the short speech, from a man who identified himself as Jesse.
" My name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people,” the man told the crowd. “I've survived in shelters all over the city. I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life …Outside these doors are 54,000 human beings that have no place to call home."
The man directed fans to Cyrus’ Facebook page to make donations to the Hollywood homeless shelter My Friend’s Place, as the cameras panned to the emotional pop star crying in the audience.
In a statement, Cyrus said: “I'm just getting started, and I want to make sure my fans are part of helping me to give back and make an impact on this issue — we all have the power to make change happen.” On her Facebook page, she promised donors a chance to win a trip to Brazil to see her concert in Rio.
Us Weekly posted pics of Cyrus and her homeless date at their after party, but it wasn’t what you’d expect from the hard partying pop star. Instead, the two snapped a selfie at In-N- Out Burger, posting a cute pic that had them donning matching paper hats from the burger bar. She called her formerly homeless friend her “hero” in one of the captions.
Cyrus isn’t the first celeb to use an awards show stage to create awareness for an important cause. At the 1973 Academy Awards, actor Marlon Brando refused his Oscar and sent a 26-year old Indian activist, Sacheen Littlefeather, on stage to deliver a speech about the entertainment industry's mistreatment of Native Americans.