Miley Cyrus managed to steal the spotlight during this year’s MTV VMAs, but unlike her appearance at the 2013 show, she did not need any foam fingers to do it. The singer shocked viewers when she did not take the stage after winning the VMA for Video of the Year. Instead, she allowed a homeless man who said his name was Jesse to accept the award for her in an effort to bring attention to the increasing number of young homeless people in the United States.
In his emotional speech, Jesse said he accepted Miley’s Moon Man on, “behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youths in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now.”
“The music industry will make over $7 billion this year, and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home,” Jesse told the audience during his emotional speech.
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Monday, Miley said the 2013 VMAs made her realize the impact she could have on the media, so she decided to use her fame to benefit other people.
“I just didn’t realize my platform, I didn’t realize my power,” Miley said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program. “I really realized it after the  VMAs…there’s only a few people that experience this that no matter what I do, there’s no winning or losing, it’s just going to be talked about. Period.”
Miley added that she wanted to give the media something meaningful to talk about this year.
“If I’m going to be given this loud of a voice and this big of an image and this big of a platform and this huge of an opportunity to talk to young people in America right now, what am I really trying to say?” Miley said. “Because I don’t think what I was trying to say is what happened the year before.”
Miley did not tell anyone about her plan, and pretended that Jesse was her boyfriend so that no one would find out what she was going to do.
The intention is definitely worth emulating for every celebrity all over the world. You make lots of money, take time to remember the less privileged too.