Miley Cyrus brought a homeless youth to the MTV Video Music Awards and urged her fans to donate to raise money. Credit: Instagram/Miley Cyrus
Celebrities' red carpet dates are often a strategic move and the MTV Music Video Awards was no different. Ariana Grande played up her good girl reputation by bringing her grandma. Katy Perry successfully promoted her her song, "How We Go" by hamming it up with her collaborator Riff Raff, and Miley Cyrus brought a homeless guy named Jesse to raise awareness about homelessness, even allowing him to accept her award for Video of the Year.
This week, reports were released that her date was wanted by the police for breaking into an apartment of someone he believed was selling "bad marijuana" in 2011. In classic celebrity fashion, Cyrus took to Twitter to express her feelings on the media's reports:
"People who are homeless have lived very hard lives, Jesse included," she tweeted, adding later, "Does looking down upon the homeless help people excuse their inaction?" and "The media never fails to disappoint. You've chosen to go after Jesse instead of covering the issue of teen homelessness. :("
Well. Does everyone feel adequately ashamed of themselves now?