I’m a Miley lover. There. I said it. (This won’t be a shock to anyone who knows me.)
I’ve loved her ever since her Hannah Montana days.
But now I more than love her; I respect her for what she stands for as a human being.
Miley is controversial, real, unabashed, and above all a humanitarian. She has taken the power she was given by her fame to spread the awareness of less than ideal circumstances and intolerance happening all around us.
She has started the Happy Hippie Foundation to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.” She believes in the power of the young generation to change our world so that millions of people can have a fighting chance at the comforts and dreams that so many of us take for granted.
The manifesto from the Happy Hippie Foundation website reads:
People who say WE can’t change the world ARE wrong.
We will make some noise and cause a scene!
We will challenge each other and the world & will stop pointless judgment.
We know that the people sleeping on the sidewalk could have been us or our closest friends if our lives were just a little bit different.
And the people we see sleeping on the sidewalk COULD be our friends if we gave them the chance.
It’s time for us to speak up for the people in our streets, our cities, our world.
It’s time for us to grow our passion, shine bright and change the future.
John Lennon said it best: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.”
It is essential to our lives to do good for others!
The only way we can truly be happy is if we are making others happy!
That is this Hippie’s goal!
This endeavor alone would garner my support for her. But beyond this she has been at the forefront of the #freethenipple movement, rocked a gender-neutral hairstyle, stood up for LGBTQ rights on countless occasions, supported women, men, and children affected by AIDS with her VIVA Glam campaign, publicly discussed her sexual fluidity, and has generally not given a flying f*** about what other people have thought of her while she did all these things.
Just give her Instagram a look over and you’ll see that she is actually quite weird, random, likes weed, is a beautiful singer, and most importantly, HUMAN. (She’s also doing an AWESOME photo campaign on the Happy Happie Foundation’s Instagram showcasing transgender and gender expansive individuals with the hashtag #InstaPride.)
Miley is an example of someone whose every move was controlled and calculated for her, and who is now free to be whatever she wants to be. And she’s decided to make a difference. She’s using her power to make an impact by helping those who did not get the same opportunities as she did. She knows that we are all equal and is spreading a mantra of love and acceptance while allowing herself the freedom to be true to herself.
Now if that’s not respectable, then I don’t know what is.