Miley Cyrus, sociologist

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Maybe you’ve followed Miley Cyrus’s transformation (or self-destruction). The singer has broken forth, at 20, from her former Disney persona as Hannah Montana with two or three sexually-explicit performances; and Sinead O’Connor has warned her that she’s being exploited. Cyrus has been defiant. Lately she said that she doesn’t get advice on career moves from a 70-year-old Jewish record exec.

In an interview with Hunger TV, Cyrus revealed that she’s very much running her own ship and is not the industry puppet that some make her out to be.

“With magazines, with movies, it’s always weird when things are targeted for young people yet they’re driven by people that are like 40 years too old. It can’t be like this 70-year-old Jewish man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to hear,” Cyrus said. “I’m going out, I know what they want to hear. I know when you’re in a club, what makes everyone go crazy and when the time is where everyone’s like, ‘All right, I’m going go get a drink.’ I know when people walk off the dance floor and I know what’s driving it, so I’ve got to be the one doing it because they’re just not in on what 20-year-olds are doing.”

The Jewish press is on this; I’m late. And some are calling the comment anti-Semitic. But I just watched TMZ live on Fox and while one commentator criticized Cyrus for stereotyping, two others gave Cyrus a pass. A young man said, who’s kidding who, Hollywood is run by Jewish people and he’s OK with that. A woman said, jokingly, Talk to the Jews, Jews know show business. Maybe this moment signals a more open and neutral conversation about the Jewish establishment? I hope so, but I could be wrong. I’m 58.

(Do I watch Fox? The TV was on that channel from the baseball game last night. The ambassador’s team won.)

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