Shame on Cyrus: Miley's Homeless Male Model -- I Had a Home to Run to All This Time

8/26/2014 4:00 AM PDT, by
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Miley Cyrus' new male model friend -- Jesse Helt, originally from Oregon -- doesn't sound to be technically homeless, which makes Miley's VMA charity push more self-serving and political than actually doing any true, selfless good. 

During a recent interview, Helt's mother claimed that her son moved out of the family home and to Los Angeles to become a big star. His forte was modeling, and after getting only a few paid gigs, he ended up "sleeping in a bush." Helt's mom continued by saying that she was so proud of him, and, in fact, Jesse was on his way home to visit his mom after the VMA gig. 

The thing is -- this is an insult to the "real" homeless folks of the world ... folks who are homeless because they're fleeing abuse or addiction or poverty or violence at home. Helt left Oregon with stars in his eyes and aspirations of being on the pages of the magazines you read -- allegedly not because he didn't have a better, more stable option. 

The thing is -- though Helt said he was "homeless," "starving," and "scared," Jesse had the fallback of going home -- a home to which he was more than welcome, according to his mom -- anytime he needed to go. 

Nobody's discounting Jesse's harrowing tale -- this isn't even about Jesse. This is about Miley being manipulative and doing what she can do to look better at this year's VMAs ... especially considering the fact that she said just yesterday that she didn't "think what [she] was trying to say is what happened the year before," referring to twerking on Robin Thicke

Fact is ... if this bid on helping eradicate the homelessness of youth is a genuine call on Miley's heart, she gets an 'A' for effort ... but a 'D' for execution. 



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Silvia
67 days ago

She did something really good , focus on the positive. There are many positive readers who love a Good Deed. If you put someone down then you should give back 10 times. Can you match what she did. I don't really want to say that this is about just Miley, after all she is a performer and that is her job. Why crucify her because of it. Perhaps she did not even know he had a home to go to. Even though he had somewhere to go perhaps she did not know and honestly you do not know the circumstances. There are so many good people around that love good stories. Can you have the same impact with the good? Just a thought.

Jordan
67 days ago

Sarah Taylor, this is Funny you write this story as if You Believe Miley Cares about

Ty
67 days ago

I do believe he said in the speech that he and others came to LA with dreams and ended up in a bad situation. Not everyone on the streets is on drugs or has mental issues. Sometimes you end up on the streets simply because you can't find work. Then being without a home address then makes it hard to find work.

Miley did a good thing. Leave it at that.

Linda
67 days ago

I recognized this "homeless" gentleman the minute the cameras focused on him. Don't remember where, but it was a magazine or tv. The promotion of awareness of the homeless people is a good cause but poorly executed. Miley, your heart was in the right place, but picked the wrong person to promote it.

Mary
67 days ago

Wow!! I am amazed that a simple act of doing a "good deed" can actually be scrutinized! The fact is that Miley Cyrus did a good thing and the media wants to turn it into a bad thing. How incredibly sad. Did Miley Cyrus bring an awareness to homeless youth? Absolutely! I am not a fan of Miley, but what she did was beyond amazing and she should be applauded not criticized.

gphi
67 days ago

So, the "homeless angle" for this guy was a lie...that's cold. PEACE!!!!

Facts_
67 days ago

Give me a break, "fleeing abuse or addiction or poverty or violence".

Using narcotics is a 100% voluntary activity and addicts are weak-willed volunteers, not helpless victims.

If you're poor, get a job, don't not work your entire life, and not ever read a book or learn to read.

jason
67 days ago

The bleeding heart society do love their causes. The vast majority of the people who live on the street chose to do so. The bums, tramps and drifters do not want the responsibility of working and paying bills. Drugs booze and mental illness. But idiots like Miley think that they are all sweets souls who are down on their luck. Most homeless have severe mental and addiction issues.Its a complex problem not easily solved by money. If you have ever tried to help a addict you know exactly what i am talking about. It is a nightmare. If Miley thinks it is simply about money then she should buy a couple of apartment buildings and fill them full of homeless people. She has the money and it would be a eye opening experience for her. The cops would be their every night and the buildings would probably be burned to the ground within a month.

Lacey
67 days ago

According to our local news sources he has warrants out for his arrest which is why he left Oregon.

Lacey
67 days ago

He is a wanted man in Oregan which is why he left according to local news sources.

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Dee
67 days ago

No. Sarah is absolutely right. This was totally manipulative.

My whole gut reacted to that awful face-pulling by Miley, which was staggering in its look-at-me-ness.

But get a load of this Sarah, this Jesse is wanted by the police.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/miley-cyrus-date-wanted-or...

The Potemkin bullshit of this whole charade just gets worse by the second.

HollyinBaltimore
67 days ago

She's not stupid. All she had to do, if she REALLY wanted to help someone who was homeless, was put more time into the act. Genuinely look for someone, get to know them, know their story. Instead it's as if she just rolled her limo up to someone who looked straggly and said "get in - I'm gonna make ya a star". Pathetic. Just another showing of Hollywood disgust.

deb
67 days ago

Wasn't a miley fan, but my granddaughter sure is. Kudos to her for calling attention to this problem. She has the platform to address any issues, and I feel this is a very relevant cause! Rock on Miley, you brought the attention where needed!

Alex
67 days ago

What's this all about?? I still don't get the message? For these "new kids on the block" (that's how I call this generation) kids between 17-25 that decide for this life style, where, and are given opportunities to build a life or restart a life, 80% of them have a home and a family! it's a huge problem nowadays! People often get confused and help these kids, basically these kids steal from the real homeless people, food, supplies and space given by churches, organizations, foundations, and PEOPLE, is been taken by these kids, they're a big problem!!, many of them called themselves spiritual travelers, hippies, or yolo, they don't have nothing to do but to do drugs. Talk, talk, talk, more drugs, party, party, sleep, sleep, steal, steal, HARASS!, HARASS!, they complain all day about the society we lived on, the wars going on, freedom, corporations, governments, and so on...YES!, we are all slaves!!! We know that!! Is call work and help build this world!! But these kids want to live for free, specially here in the USA, we all pay taxes so law enforcement can babysit all these kids, that called themselves whatever!!, they are great actors!, lots of them well educated!,. They belong in a foster home, family, prison, or mental hospital, so MILEY CYRUS, don't make things worst in encouraging all these STUPID KIDS and future generations in continuing living, and making decisions like the ones that the bump guy you hire for all this circus... Ask these kids if they want to be homeless in Africa? There's plenty of free land over there, or in Iran.. .. USA is a nice playground... Specially east and west coast...

Alex
67 days ago

What's this all about?? I still don't get the message? For these "new kids on the block" (that's how I call this generation) kids between 17-25 that decide for this life style, where, and are given opportunities to build a life or restart a life, 80% of them have a home and a family! it's a huge problem nowadays! People often get confused and help these kids, basically these kids steal from the real homeless people, food, supplies and space given by churches, organizations, foundations, and PEOPLE, is been taken by these kids, they're a big problem!!, many of them called themselves spiritual travelers, hippies, or yolo, they don't have nothing to do but to do drugs. Talk, talk, talk, more drugs, party, party, sleep, sleep, steal, steal, HARASS!, HARASS!, they complain all day about the society we lived on, the wars going on, freedom, corporations, governments, and so on...YES!, we are all slaves!!! We know that!! Is call work and help build this world!! But these kids want to live for free, specially here in the USA, we all pay taxes so law enforcement can babysit all these kids, that called themselves whatever!!, they are great actors!, lots of them well educated!,. They belong in a foster home, family, prison, or mental hospital, so MILEY CYRUS, don't make things worst in encouraging all these STUPID KIDS and future generations in continuing living, and making decisions like the ones that the bump guy you hire for all this circus... Ask these kids if they want to be homeless in Africa? There's plenty of free land over there, or in Iran.. .. USA is a nice playground... Specially east and west coast...

Webster
67 days ago

For the people saying she did a good thing, well, I think she could have picked a better representative for the young homeless to further her cause. Someone who had a real reason to run away from home not because they're wanted by the police and they came to Hollyland to be a model. This whole thing leaves a bad taste because she seems to have hurt the homeless cause more than help it. She needed to have been working on this longer than for the purpose of the award show. How long has she had a website about this cause and why haven't we heard about it until now? As famous as she is, she didn't have to wait until she collected an award to shed light on this cause. If it smells like a PR stunt, it's probably a PR stunt for some "good" publicity in a drought year.

Rose
67 days ago

Miley loves miley. While she's still big in the press, most of its hate. Her scandalous behavior and overt mental illness have made her desperate to generate a new persona. Failure.

7kimba8
67 days ago

At least she Tried. Next time, don't go Looking for a Poster Child that might be able to also help you. Try just honestly helping others. No Grand Standing is necessary to be Truly Helpful.

Wendie
67 days ago

There is another possibility: The mother doesn't want to be The Mother Who Has a Homeless Son to the people in her life. Now that he's been on national television, "He's on his way to visit" certainly makes it LOOK like he's always had a place to stay; self-preservation.

Tanya
66 days ago

Regardless of the status of a single individual, I am truly glad that Miley Cyrus decided to bring attention the needs of homeless youth. In the spirit of sharing some FACTS, I am posting stats from SafeHorizon.org

Of note: every year, approximately 5,000 homeless young people will DIE because of assault, illness, or suicide while on the street.

http://www.safehorizon.org/page/streetwork-homeless-youth...
According to a 2002 federal study, approximately 1.7 million young people call the streets home every year.

Children under 18 years of age accounted for 39% of the homeless population. Of that number, 42% were younger than age 5.

Approximately 40% of homeless youth identify as L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) or T(ransgendered) – compared to 10% of the general youth population in the United States.

What can cause a young person to be homeless?

Young people are at far greater risk of becoming homeless if their parents engage in substance abuse or have mental health problems, if there is child abuse or neglect in the home, if the family has been homeless previously, or if they identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study found that 46% of homeless youth escaped a home where they suffered physical abuse, while 17% left because of sexual abuse.

Children who have been in foster care have a greater risk of becoming homeless at an earlier age than other youth, and are more likely to remain homeless for a longer period of time.

What happens to young people who try to survive on the streets?

Young people who are too old for foster care and too young to apply for social services face devastating short- and long-term consequences from being forced to survive on the streets.

Nearly 43% of homeless young men and 39% of homeless young women say they were assaulted with a weapon while living on the streets.
Homeless youth suffer significant mental health problems that include depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
Young people living on the streets are highly likely to be engaged in substance abuse (approximately 75%), as a means to self-medicate to deal with traumatic experiences and abuse they face while trying to survive.
Children living on the streets are more likely to engage in “survival sex” – trading sex to gain food, clothing, drugs, money, or just for a safe place to sleep at night.
According to a San Francisco government study, 17% of homeless youth are HIV-positive.
Homeless youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered are more likely commit suicide than other youth.
Every year, approximately 5,000 homeless young people will die because of assault, illness, or suicide while on the street.