I’ve never paid much mind to Miley Cyrus but her new video commands attention. “Liberty Walk,” the one-percenter teen sensation’s catchy, if repetitive, remixed single sets her music to laudatory images from OWS encampments throughout the nation.
With the new video, the teenage star joins fellow celebrities Russell Simmons, Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin, John Cusack and Lupe Fiasco in coming out strongly and squarely in favor of the OWS movement. There are far fewer bold-faced names publicly supporting OWS than you’d think. (Paging Tim Robbins, Angelina Jolie, Bono, Matt Damon, Bruce Springsteen.) So support from a pop superstar is both unusual and useful.
It’s unlikely that Occupiers will adopt “Liberty Walk” as a movement anthem, but Cyrus’s rap break in the middle of the song should help her cause. In any case, I think it’s heartening to find support from, literally, one of mainstream America’s most popular stars.