Miley Cyrus’ probably well-meant but embarrassing comments about pal Justin Bieber in Rolling Stone magazine — which she covers topless, tongue-out, tattooed, and mascara stained — most likely stung the “Baby” singer, as the songstress is now trying to make amends.
Either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Cyrus tweeted:
It’s hard to see exactly where and how the 20-year-old can claim her comments about Bieber were twisted, given that Rolling Stone simply pressed record in their lengthy, highly quotable interview then published what she said.
Bearing her foam-fingered, legs astride, MTV VMA’s twerk-pas-de-deux with Robin Thicke in mind, somewhat laughably Miley positions herself as a sage to the 19-year-old Bieber, telling the mag:
“I do mentor him in a way. Because I’ve been doing this s**t for a long time, and I already transitioned, and I don’t think he’s quite done it yet.”
“He’s trying really hard,” she adds. “People don’t take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him f**k that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start s**t. Don’t come in shirtless.’”
Saving her best zinger until last, Cyrus’ take on Bieber’s six months of dramatic incidents — some of which are alleged — was a corker: “I think boys are, like, seven years behind. So in his head, he’s really, like, 12.”
While many adolescent-centric psychologists would agree there is a developmental lag between males and females, it’s not exactly the kind of PR Bieber needs right now.
As Cyrus is keen to stress to Rolling Stone, her own show business lineage and Hannah Montana days make her almost an industry veteran. As such, it couldn’t have been a surprise to the “We Can’t Stop” star when her remarks about Bieber were exploited by some quarters of a soundbite-focused media.
Quite apart from the fact that many would argue with Miley’s contention that her recent behavior is proof of a successful transition to credibility — images of her in a state of undress with a capuchin monkey, boasting about a seven hour visit to an Amsterdam cafe, her teary, twerking, iHeartRadio hot mess of a performance, her admission that her VMAs spot was a tamer version of what could have been, interview lash outs at Brooke Shields and Taylor Swift, and cooing over fellow talented narcissist Kanye West — indicate Cyrus is some way off being an adult, or role model to anyone.
Granted her observations about the “double-standard” of Thicke’s relatively unscathed treatment by critics post VMAs and Breaking Bad remarks are on-point and her racism defense is plausible, Cyrus’ latest portrayal of herself as a post-feminist pioneer striking a blow for her right to party in a sexually, obscene way whenever she feels like it is disingenuous to the point of hilarity.
The multi-million dollar wanne-be punk princess tells Rolling Stone, “I hung out with way too many adults when I was a kid. So now I don’t want to hang out with any adults. I’ve already done all the hard work. Now I can kind of f**k off.”
This seems fair enough and many would applaud the last part. Might we also suggest that seeing as most reasonable folk — including Joel McHale — can’t see any substantive difference between Bieber and Cyrus, that she gives any future advice to the Canadian in private like any other normal, celebrity “mentor.”
Update: Bieber’s demonstrably mature response to Cyrus’ tweet:
@MileyCyrus all good. I know what it is. We keep it interesting
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 25, 2013
[Image via Spin]