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Miley Cyrus is an American actress and recording artist best known for her role as the title character in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana between 2006 and 2011. In recent years, she has been ridiculed for live performances and online post depicting sexual behaviors and illicit drug usage.

Online History

Social Media Presence

As of November 2014, the Facebook page for Miley[30] has over 50 million likes. Her Instagram account[29] currently has 13.5 million followers and was created in May 2013. Miley's verified Twitter account (@MileyCyrus[28]) was created in March 2011 and currently has 18.8 million followers. The YouTube account for her music videos[54] was created May 2009 and (as of 2014) has 1.8 billion views as well as 6.9 million subscribers. Sub-reddit /r/mileycyrus[55] has 10,000 subscribers.

Death Hoax

In September 2008, members of Anonymous began to spread an internet death hoax rumor that Cyrus had been killed in a car accident. The rumor was paired with a screenshot of a fake Yahoo! News story[33] (shown below) and persisted via edits to her Wikipedia page and a front-page link on Digg.

Yahoo! My Yahoo! Mail More Make Y! My Home Page New User? Sign Up Sign In Help YAHOO!, NEWS YSearch WEB SEARCH Home U.Business WorldE Entertainment Sports TechPolitics Elections Science Health Most Popular Entertainment Video Celebrity TV Movies Music Reviews Fashion Books Arts Dear Abby Dear Margo Humor Search: All News Search Advanced Actress Miley Cyrus died in terrible car accident REUTERS EWS VIDEO Rueters, 5th of September 2008 Lolla '08: Css ABC News Teen star of the hit Disney television series "Hannah Montana" Miley Cyrus appears to have died in a tragic car accident in Gig Guide for 95 the early hours of Friday morning.The FOX NewWs young starlet was on her way to the flimg of the upcoming "Hannah Montanna" Series when her vehicle was reportedly hit by a large truck. Witnesses estimate that the colliding vehicle was travelling at "At least All news video NEWS SEARCH "Bob MarleySearch 55mph" and had "Run a stop sign. Related Searches: music magazine Pink Floyd Lil Wayne 2Pac Although rushed in a critical condition to Pacific Alliance Medical Centre, the news broke quickly amongst reporters that the teen had succumbed to her injuries during surgery

Sex Tape Facebook Scam

As early as December 2010, Facebook scammers have conducted phishing schemes that use a fictional sex tape allegedly containing Cyrus as bait. The scam has since resurged on several occasions, most recently throughout September and October 2012.

Omg Miley Cyrus sex tape u=weare free Findex 5.php%2F&h=cc8f0cyrus 7 minutes ago via Email Omg Miley Cyrus sex tape u=weare free 5.php%2F&h=cc8f0cyrus tape 7 minutes ago via Email Breaking News LIVE Miley Cyrus sex tape leaked on the internet. Millions of men called in sick after seeing it. EXCLUSIVE

We Can't Stop

On June 3rd, 2013, Miley Cyrus released "We Can't Stop", the lead R&B single from her upcoming fourth studio album Bangerz. The music video premiered on the MileyCyrusVEVO YouTube channel on June 19th, which has accrued more than 157 million views as of August 2013. Parodies of the video began appearing on YouTube as early as July 6th, 2013.

When the song was released, many critics interpreted one of the lines in the chorus as "dancing with Molly,"[1] a reference to a slang term for the drug methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA). Initially, a representative from the song's production company Mike WiLL Made It[3] and Cyrus herself[5] insisted that the lyric was not a drug reference,[2] however, Cyrus later confirmed that it was about drugs in July[4], stating "You can Google me and you know what I'm up to, you know what the lyric is saying."

2013 VMA Performance

On August 5th, 2013, Cyrus performed a medley of pop songs at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, including “We Can’t Stop,” "Blurred Lines" and “Give It 2 U” with singer Robin Thicke and rapper 2 Chainz.

Photographs and GIFs of celebrities reacting to the performance from the crowd began to spread on Twitter, Tumblr and gossip blogs[16][6][7], including a still image of Will Smith and his family[8] watching the Lady Gaga performance that was erroneously attributed as a response to Cyrus. While her performance was airing on the East Coast, there were more than 306,100 tweets per minute about the VMAs, while Cyrus was mentioned a total of 4.5 million times during the entire broadcast.[9] That night, Buzzfeed[10] compiled 15 GIFs from the performance which was viewed more than 1.8 million times in less than 24 hours. Additionally, a handful of GIFs and other pieces of fan art were featured on Tumblr's curated LOL tag[11][12][13], gaining more than 100,000 notes each.

That night, Twitter users began criticizing the way Cyrus' latex outfit made her behind look with the hashtag #MileyAssSmallerThan[31], creating image macros comparing it to raw chicken or the backside of King of the Hill character Hank Hill. Within 24 hours, the hashtag was used more than 166,000 times.[32] The following day, a number of news media sites and internet culture blogs wrote about the performance as well as the online reaction including the Los Angeles Times[14], the Chicago Tribune[15], Mashable[17], Uproxx[18] and Slate.[20] Additionally, The Onion[25] criticized this coverage with a satirical opinion piece explaining why traditional news sites covered the event. The Daily Dot[21] reported on the sexist backlash Cyrus was receiving from people across social networks while a reporter at Vulture[19] suggested that the performance was a "minstrel show," exhibiting an appropriation of "ratchet" culture.[22] The racism debate was countered on The Daily Beast[23] and Mediaite[24], who both argued that Cyrus' twerking was nothing more than a dance move.

Wrecking Ball

On September 9th, 2013, the VEVO YouTube channel premiered a new music video for Cyrus’ second single "Wrecking Ball" , featuring nude scenes of the singer in which she demolishes a room with a sledge hammer and wrecking ball (shown below).

On September 10th, Cyrus announced via her Twitter account that the music video had hit 12.3 million views on VEVO, breaking the record for the most viewed video within a 24-hour period previously held by the boy band One Direction.

On the same day, several news sites published articles reporting on the record breaking video, including the Chicago Tribune,[38] Mirror,[39] E Online,[40] CBS News[41] and Perez Hilton.[42]

Pregnancy Rumor

On September 30th, 2013, the hip hop gossip blog Cream Bmp Daily[43] reported that Miley Cyrus and Juicy J "stole the show" at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards by announcing that they're expecting a baby on stage. According to the post, Three Six Mafia rapper Juicy J showed up on stage and told the audience “I can assure you that she’s been doing a lot more than twerking,” to which Cyrus reportedly responded “No, I’m really pregnant!" It also suggested that her father Billy Ray Cyrus had known about his daughter's pregnancy and joked about it on stage as well:

“She really broke my achy breaky heart” said Billy Ray Cyrus at first jokingly about the hit song he’s known for but then going on to say they’re are three things he thought would never be a part of his life; rap music, twerking and a black baby.

Throughout the day, Twitter ran abuzz with rumored reports about Cyrus' pregnancy announcement, further compounded by the fact that the ceremony wouldn't be televised until October 15th. According to Topsy, mentions of "Miley Cyrus Pregnant" on Twitter skyrocketed to more than 75,000 instances in less than 24 hours. That same day, Cyrus dismissed the rumor via her Twitter account with even more jokes:


On October 2nd, 2013, an anonymous user of 4chan‘s /b/ (Random) board[44] laid out a plan for an online prank to convince fans of Miley Cyrus that she had contracted AIDS (shown below).

Anonymous Wed Oct 02 2013 04:56:24 No.508911621 View Reply Original Report Quoted By: >>508912934 >>508913724 >>508914654 >>508915531 >>508917267>>508918050 >>508919575 >>508924505 >>508926312 Alright anons. If youve ever missed out on previous glorious moments held here on this page, Then this thread is your time to shine, a thread to bring memories of an event that you caused, somthing you'll still remember and laugh about as a 50 year old, as you say "I was a part of that." Cure Fot Miley >>Our Goal: Convince the masses that Miley Cyrus contracted AIDS. >>Why, and how we think it will be believable. 1. Miley's relationship with Liam Hemsworth ended for reasons not speculated. We can make a story that he left her after he told him of her condition 47 kB, 610x521, Cureformiley.jpg Google b SauceNAO 2. It can be used to explain her irrational sexuali ty on stage and in her music videos, she doesnt have much time to live, she wants to get the most out of life, and feels she is doing so through her dancing.

Citing the singer's recent breakup with actor Liam Hemsworth and her overtly sexual stage performances as reasons why the prank would be believable, the post encouraged people to use the hashtag #CureForMiley[45] to disseminate the rumor.

brad Follow @BradCornman better girl Reply Retweet ★ Favorite Storify More FAVORITE 1:12 PM-2 Oct 13 Jenny B @JennyKragerd Follow Stay strong, Miley. We're here for you <;3 #CureForMiley Reply Retweet ★ Favorite Storify More RETWEET 10:18 AM-2 Oct 13 Liam Hemsworth LiamHemsworth Even though we recently have endured a very public break-up and been through a lot of pain, I'm praying for you Miley #cureformiley 6969 RETWEETS FAVORITES 8:55 PM-2 Od 2013-via Twitter Embed this Tweet Reply Delete ★ Favorite
Ali Moore @mileyfan Help Support Miley And Her Ilness 420 RETWEETSFAVORITES 351 3:57 AM-2 Ocd 2013-via Twitter Embed this Tweet Reply Delete ★ Favorite Stefan Carmello @bigdog1279 Follow Unbelievable. "live while we're young" as @NiallOfficial would say. #CureForMiley Reply Retweet ★ Favorite Storify More FAVORITE 12:10 PM-2 Oct 13 Billy. @BustaBily ▼ 步Follow #cureformiley it came in like a wrecking ball Reply Retweet ★ Favorite Ostorify More 4 4 RETWEETSFAVORITES 9:55 AM-2 Oct 13
We will never back down Miley! THEY HANT US TO #Careformilet My HERC Inspirational! Find cure for AD . To AMAZING to die Be strong Miley! oone deserves this! #cureformiley ers cureforniiley C.0

2013 TIME Person of the Year

On November 20th, 2013, TIME Magazine[44] launched a community poll for its annual "Person of the Year" contest. Although the poll required each voter to sign in via Twitter or Facebook first before casting a vote, perhaps having learned from the recent string of successful vote-rigging attempts, the poll quickly prompted two programmers, who go by the handles Gains and Marek, to develop an automated script allowing users to vote on behalf of strangers by plugging in any individual's Facebook ID number (shown below).

Cyrus v1.0 F--- yeah, Miley Cyrus Gains and Marek TIME Magazine POTY 2013 Poll Number of rounds: - Cyrus v1.0 Attempting to send request number 61.. OK Using Facebook ID: 390046077 Attempting to send request number 62 OK Using Facebook ID: 937039071 Attempting to send request number 63 OK Using Facebook ID: 307612894 Attempting to send request number 64.. OK Using Facebook ID: 213004983 Attempting to send request number 65. .- .- OK Using Facebook ID: 967227640 Attempting to send request number 66 OK Using Facebook ID: 937796365 Attempting to send request number 67. . OK Using Facebook ID: 380192401 Attempting to send request number 68.. OK Using Facebook ID: 436535935 Attempting to send request number 69.. OK Using Facebook ID: 229243388 Attempting to send request number 70. . OK Using Facebook ID: 184458508 Attempting to send request number 71..

According to The Daily Dot's detailed coverage[45] of the rigging operation, Gains and Marek's C# and Ruby-based scripts went into effect on November 25th, at about 10:45pm, putting Cyrus at the 15th place on the list. By 12:40 a.m. on November 26th, Cyrus had jumped up to the fifth place, right behind the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, and on the following day, Cyrus topped the poll with more than 24% of the vote. The story was covered by LA Times.[46] On November 27th, Redditor Pwnk[48] suggested in r/conspiracy that Time itself rigged the results.

Vote Now: Who Should Be TIME's Person of the Year? As always, TIME's editors will choose the Person of the Year, but that doesn't mean readers shouldn't have their say. Cast your vote for the person you think most influenced the news this year for better or worse in both a straight yes/no poll and a candidate face-off. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 4, and the combined winner of our reader polls will be announced on Dec. 6 TIME's Person of the Year will be announced Dec. 11 ALike 2.5K Tweet 2,694g+163 (2,694 8+1363 面Share 5 unit Read Later f Share in Poll Results 43 of 44 VIEW ALL Nov. 20, 2013 29.0% 14.8% 12.9% MILEY CYRUS EDWARD SNOWDEN NARENDRA MODI BASHAR AL-ASSAD VLADIMIR PUTIN Y DAVIS 8.7% WEN

Googley-Eyed Miley Cyrus

On September 19th, 2014, Miley Cyrus[49] shared a childhood photograph of herself making a googley-eyed face via Instagram. With nearly 13 million followers under her belt, the photograph garnered over 700,000 likes in less than 72 hours.

Soon, Cyrus' followers on Instagram began sharing their reaction to her innocent childhood picture by superimposing her googley-eyed face onto more recent photographs of the singer that have marked some of her most controversial moments in public's eyes. Over that weekend, Cyrus highlighted a series of photoshopped images that she received from the fans and set her childhood photograph as her new Instagram profile picture, which was subsequently picked up by several Hollywood entertainment news sites, including Vibe[50], MTV News[51], Crushable[52] and BroBible.[53]

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2015 Video Music Awards

On August 30th, 2015, MTV's 32nd Video Music Awards ceremony went underway with Miley Cyrus as the host of the night. The events of the night were covered by NY Times[56][57] and Mediate.[58]


Drug Use

In December 2010, TMZ[34] obtained a video of Cyrus allegedly smoking salvia from a bong on her 18th birthday. The video quickly went viral and her father criticized her actions publicly on Twitter.[35] In a February 2011 interview, Cyrus stated that she made a mistake and was upset with herself for disappointing her fans and not thinking about the people who see her as a role model.[36] In July 2013, she spoke with Style Australia about her marijuana use[37], claiming she enjoyed it more than drinking.

Personal Life

Destiny Hope Cyrus was born on November 23rd, 1992 to Letitia Jean "Tish" (née Finley) and Billy Ray Cyrus[26], a country singer best known for his 1992 hit single "Achy Breaky Heart." Her nickname "Miley" is a shortened form of "Smiley," which her parents dubbed her as an infant for her happy disposition. After the success of Hannah Montana, Cyrus signed a four-album deal with Hollywood Records and released her debut studio album in June 2007, as part of a 2-disc album with the soundtrack to the second season of Hannah Montana. Her first single, "See You Again" (shown below), peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later was certified Platinum.

In 2009, she transitioned into film roles and launched a Walmart exclusive clothing line with Max Azria. In 2012, she announced her engagement[27] to actor Liam Hemsworth. Cyrus' fourth studio album, Bangerz is expected to be released on October 4th, 2013 and she maintains active Twitter[28], Instagram[29] and Facebook[30] accounts as of August 2013.

Search Interest

External References

[1] Rap Genius – Miley Cyrus – We Can't Stop lyrics

[2] Spin – Miley Cyrus' Molly Song 'We Can't Stop' Isn't About Molly

[3] TMZ – Miley Cyrus Not Singing About Ecstasy … Says Producer

Of Course I'm Singing About Ecstasy, You Idiots

[5] Rolling Stone – Miley Cyrus Talks Drugs and Alcohol

[6] USA Today – Miley's VMA performance shocks celebs

[7] ABC News- Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Stuns Crowd

[8] Business Insider – Will Smith And His Kids Had The Greatest Reaction Ever To Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance

[9] NBC News – Miley Cyrus twerks her way to top of Twitter at 300,000 tweets per minute

[10] Buzzfeed – The 15 Weirdest And Craziest Moments From Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance

[11] Tumblr (via Wayback Machine) – gamebrah: you broke my achy breaky heart

[12] Tumblr – thegreencorgi: Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejui…. (page unavailable)

[13] Tumblr – rihlouded

[14] Los Angeles Times – Miley Cyrus' VMA performance: Media reacts in shock

[15] Chicago Tribune (via Wayback Machine) – Miley Cyrus gives racy performance at MTV's Video Music Awards

[16] E! Online – Miley Cyrus' VMA Performance: See Taylor Swift, Rihanna, One Direction and More Stars' Reactions

[17] Mashable – Watch Miley Cyrus' Childhood-Ruining VMAs Performance

[18] Uproxx (via Wayback Machine) – Memes: The Internet Roasts Miley Cyrus’ Vma Performance And Rightfully So

[19] Vulture – Rosen: The 2013 VMAs Were Dominated by Miley’s Minstrel Show

[20] Salon – Best reactions to Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance

[21] The Daily Dot – Is the sexist backlash to Miley Cyrus worse than her twerking?

[22] NY Mag – Ratchet: The Rap Insult That Became a Compliment

[23] The Daily Beast – Miley Cyrus's VMA Performance Was Ridiculous, But It Wasn't Racist

[24] Mediaite – Embarrassing: Columnist Sees ‘Racism’ in Miley Cyrus’ Twerking ‘Minstrel Act’

[25] The Onion – Let Me Explain Why Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance Was Our Top Story This Morning

[26] Wikipedia – Billy Ray Cyrus

[27] People – Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Are Engaged

[28] Twitter – @MileyCyrus

[29] Instagram – MileyCyrus

[30] Facebook – Miley Cyrus

[31] Twitter – Tweet Results for #MileyAssSmallerThan

[32] Topsy – Tweet Statistics for #MileyAssSmallerThan

[33] HoaxSlayer – Miley Cyrus Death Hoax

[34] TMZ – Miley Cyrus Bong Video Partying with a Bong

[35] LA Times – Miley Cyrus bong-smoking video has dad Billy Ray 'so sad'

[36] Billboard – Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Salvia Bong Hit

[37] Huffington Post – Miley Cyrus Smoking Weed Comes As A Shock To No One

[38] Chicago Tribune – Miley Cyrus Breaks Vevo Record

[39] Mirror – Miley Cyrus Naked Video Wrecking Ball breaks record

[40] E Online – Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Breaks Record

[41] CBS News – Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball breaks most viewed record

[42] Perez Hilton – Miley Cyrus Beats One Directions VEVO Record


[44] TIME – Face-Off: Who Should Be TIME’s Person of the Year?

[45] The Daily Dot – Rigging Time's Person of the Year poll? All in a day's twerk

[46] Los Angeles Times – Why Miley Cyrus leads Time's 2013 person of the year poll

[47] TIME – Face-Off: Poll Results

[48] Reddit – TIME Magazine Rigged its Online Person of the Year Voting (2013) so Miley Cyrus Would Win and Edward Snowden Would Lose

[49] Instagram – Miley Cyrus' Instagram Post (page unavailable)

[50] Vibe – Here’s What Miley Cyrus Was Doing On Instagram Today

[51] MTV News – The New Miley Cyrus Instagram Meme Is a Work of Art

[52] BroBible – Miley Cyrus Added Another Chapter To Her Book Of WTF Over The Weekend

[53] Crushable (via Wayback Machine) – Please Allow This Miley Cyrus Instagram Meme To Be The Creepiest Thing You See Today

[54] YouTube – MileyCyrusVEVO – About

[55] Reddit – /r/mileycyrus

[56] New York Times – At MTV V.M.A.s, Celebrity Feuds, Miley Cyrus and Also Some Music

[57] New York Times – Miley Cyrus on Nicki Minaj and Hosting a ‘Raw’ MTV Video Music Awards

[58] Mediate (via Wayback Machine) – Yes, Nicki Minaj Called Miley Cyrus ‘This Bitch’ in MTV VMA Acceptance Speech

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