Matthew Yglesias at Slate recently criticized Miley Cyrus' sympathy with the OWS. (The Slate article has a Miley Cyrus vid, too! Watch it at your peril. It's pop garbage.). The trouble Yglesias sees is that Cyrus is a beneficiary of the wealth disparities and trade policies of the last decade.
Cyrus is the 1 percent. What's more, she's a clear beneficiary of some broad structural changes in the world economy that tend to exacerbate inequality and all relate to the economics of superstardom.
Sure, and? She was born into that, and she became a star under conditions where she really wasn't even remotely cognizant of the sufferings of others. The fact that she's identifying with the OWS at this stage is really testament to her intelligence. Sure, her music stinks. And she's been made into an unpalatable product. But it sounds like as she's grown older, she's actually developed some mature views. Or at least developed non-adolescent political leanings. That's an achievement. And does the fact that she benefits from income disparity mean that she doesn't get to criticize it? Well, really, unless some of the one-percenters understand the situation, it's not going to change. Her views and her expression of them are good news.
And in other Tu Quoque news: in the comments on this piece, the commenter Roger Lambert drops the best double-dip:
Al Gore supports global warming legislation, but he still flies around on private jets and lives in huge houses.
I think we can forgive young Miley whatever hypocrisy she may commit.