Miley Cyrus supports Occupy Wall Street with new music video

Cue the inevitable eye-rolling. But I like this video.

While Alyssa Rosenberg thinks it needs more context to take it “beyond generic teenaged stick-it-to-the-manism in a way that would be useful and specific,” I disagree. For many of Miley Cyrus’s devoted teen and pre-teen fans, seeing footage of police brutality at peaceful protests and hearing their pop idol voice support for the cause may get them googling and reading up on economic inequality.

After all, it’s not Cyrus’s role to educate her audience about student loans and interest rates. But reminding kids that it’s cool to be political–that being part of a mass movement can be as inspiring as a good pop song? If she can help do that, I’m totally down.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has previously been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard. Before become a full-time writer, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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