The presence of controversial popstar Miley Cyrus in Auckland can only be good for Kiwi business.
Cyrus is in Auckland for a one-night-only show as part of her Bangerz tour.
The country’s tourism will benefit from Cyrus getting out and about in the city and posting New Zealand-related pictures and comments on social media.
Tourism New Zealand spokeswoman Deborah Gray said word of mouth and recommendations or endorsements from friends, family and celebrities was a “very powerful motivating factor” for people to visit New Zealand.
However, there was no way to quantify how much tourism Cyrus’s trip would bring to New Zealand, Gray said.
Celebrities posting or talking about their time in New Zealand on social media was “absolutely welcome” and was “positive messaging” for the country.
While it was difficult to quantify what effect Cyrus and other A-list celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry would have on New Zealand’s tourism market, it could help people make the decision to travel down under.
Jesse Helt, who accepted a MTV Video Music Award on behalf of Miley Cyrus then gave a touching speech on youth homelessness, received a six-month jail sentence today for violating his probation stemming from an arrest in 2010, the Associated Press reported.
Helt, 22, accepted Cyrus’ award for video of the year for her song “Wrecking Ball” in late August. Then days after his speech, news of past arrests in Oregon and parole violations emerged.
Helt was arrested in 2010 for “criminal mischief,” among other charges in his native Oregon and pleaded guilty/no contest to the charges, receiving probation. He violated that probation the next year and being in California for the VMAs two months ago was also a violation.
Helt turned himself in to authorities on Aug. 29 and posted bail, after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Shortly after the awards show and news of Helt’s past crimes, Cyrus tweeted about the incident.
Cyrus, 21, wrote “People who are homeless have lived very hard lives. Jesse included.”
“I hope that this can be the start of a national conversation about youth homelessness and how to end it,” she added.
Helt’s mother also spoke to ABC News and said she was proud that he came home to turn himself in.
“I’m proud of him for doing what’s right,” she told ABC News. “I don’t condone running away from a problem.”
Fans of Miley Cyrus have been sharing locations in Auckland to possibly catch a glimpse of her on Twitter before her concert tomorrow night.
Reports that her crew and band had landed in Auckland yesterday sent fans in to overdrive – staking out the Langham Hotel and Pullman Hotel in the central city.
Miley’s assistant posted a photo of a view of central Auckland to Instagram, which started the rumours that Miley had arrived in Auckland.
She was earlier reported to be landing in Auckland tomorrow ahead of her sold out Vector Arena show tomorrow night.
When photos of her leaving a Paloma Faith concert in Los Angeles surfaced on the Daily Mail website it appeared the fans’ efforts had been in vain.
Miley is performing her Bangerz tour in Auckland tomorrow before touring Australia. She has just finished a stint touring in South America.
One year ago Saturday Miley Cyrus released the album that changed everything: Bangerz. And, believe it or not, there was a time when she was totally stressed out about whether anyone would even show up for the accompanying tour.
But we know how this story ends: Miley is now an even bigger global superstar than she was before and the Bangerz Tour is a juggernaut that just keeps rolling. The singer and budding visual artist celebrated her Bangerz-versary over the weekend with the most Miley collage you can possibly imagine. There’s a topless pic, an R.I.P. Hannah Montana epitaph, some candles, plenty of other things that burn and, of course, a pair of FU balloons.
She also shared a bunch of fan gifts, because what’s a Bangerz-versary without a heavenly shot of Miley and all her pooches?
As Hollywood’s ultimate BFF, it’s no secret that Taylor Swift is all about her girls, from supporting their music to being there when they need advice.
While gushing about Emma Watson’s UN speech on gender equality during a recent interview with Canada’s Tout Le Monde En Parle, Taylor talked about how girls need to support rather than tear each other down.
“I think when it comes to females in the media, you’ll see something that kind of upsets me, which is that females are pinned up against each other, more so than men,” she said. “One thing I do believe as a feminist is that in order for us to have gender equality we have to stop making it a girl fight, and we have to stop being so interested in seeing girls try to tear each other down. It has to be more about cheering each other on, as women and that’s just kind of how I feel about it.”
Taylor then had the chance to put her words into action, as she was asked what she thought about Miley Cyrus and her sometimes crazy and revealing outfits. Of course Taylor had the perfect response.
“Honestly, I think that I cheer on anybody who is living their life on their own terms and wearing what they want to wear and representing what they want to represent,” Tay responded, staying true to herself without tearing Miley down. “I think that no other female artist should be able to tell me to wear less clothes and I’m not gonna tell any other female artist to wear more clothes.”
She added: “I just think that as long as it’s coming from them and they’re living their life on their own terms, I cheer them on.”
Crazy, loose, sluzzy, off the rails, druggy, these are all words synonymous with Miley Cyrus’ image these days.
The girl can sing – and manages to maintain an illustrious career in a very competitive industry – yet more often than not she’s described in a less-than-favourable light.
Is it because she smokes weed? Is it due to the skimpy outfits? Maybe the gyrating on stage and the tongue poking out has rubbed people up the wrong way? Maybe all of the above, but is the rep deserved?
I’ve had the pleasure of talking to Miley. Sure, it was over the phone and only for 10 minutes, but she was one of the most honest, forthcoming, articulate and smart women in the industry I’ve spoken to. She was respectful of the job I had to do. She understands the business. It’s difficult to understand why successful female artists suffer so much more in the hands of the media than their male counterparts.
What they wear, who they date, how much they drink is all under tight scrutiny. As quickly as we put them on a pedestal, we tear them down again. God help Taylor Swift if she is ever caught having a few too many wines.
Let’s be real here. It’s not about whether you’re a Miley fan or not, does she deserve to be called such names?
The question has to be asked, where is the same criticism for her male counterparts? I’m not saying they deserve to be dragged over hot coals – but neither does Miley. Who is she hurting? On the contrary, Miley is bringing joy to millions of people with her music and has started a huge charity campaign for homeless youth.
While there’s a big difference between Emma Watson and Miley, I would put them in the same category: Feminist. A category which all women should strive for.
Not burning your bra and hating men, but gender equality.
The social, political, and economic equality of the sexes. (Thanks to Beyonce for that line.)
In the words of Lily Allen, another wonderful champion of the cause, “It’s 2014, and it feels like we should be past the point of discussing feminism, because I believe we are at a point in our evolution as human beings where everybody should be of equal standing.” Amen, sister.