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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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The rise of hip hop is one interesting facet of Jewish-Black relations. There are prominent rappers who have multiple references to ‘Jewish lawyers’. A lot of media execs in hiphop are Jewish. One hiphopper even called for less Jews in hip hop(that is, in the manegement positions) because he felt… Read more »

________________ Addendum: The story of Jewish music execs pushing black music to the white mainstream is not new. (Although these days the mainstream is a lot more diverse). Michael Jackson’s career was boosted in large part by Jews, who helped him reach MTV. Of course, we wouldn’t call his music… Read more »

I think your description of the power dynamics is true for the past, even recent, but in an era of JZ, Diddy and a few others, its hard to say whites of any background have the upper hand in black cultural production. And the founder of BET became the first… Read more »

RE: 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. SHOULD HAVE BEEN: “It can’t be like this 70-year-old man that doesn’t leave his desk all day, telling me what the clubs want to… Read more »