Miley Cyrus Scandals And Controversies Ranked
Miley Cyrus went from being one of Disney’s little darlings to one of the most controversial young figures in Hollywood today. Since she first rose to fame, she has had been involved in a number of controversies and scandals. Here are 29 of them ranked:
29. Dating An Underwear Model
Miley Cyrus was only 15-years-old when she started dating Justin Gaston, a 20-year-old underwear model. Even though she was underage, her father Billy Ray Cyrus defended the coupling, saying he didn’t see a problem with it and calling the relationship “a good thing.”
28. More Questionable Photos
In February 2009, the singer was criticized for mocking Asian people when a photo of her pulling the skin back from her eyes surfaced. In her apology, she slammed the media for making a big deal out of nothing. “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’!”
27. Self Proclaimed “Stoner”
Even though the “Party in the USA” singer talked herself out of a bong scandal the year before, in November 2011, she was caught on tape calling herself a stoner at her birthday party after receiving a Bob Marley cake. In the video, Cyrus also admitted to smoking “too much weed.”
26. Demanding to Meet Radiohead
At the 2009 Grammy’s, the Hannah Montana star sent her manager to ask Radiohead if they wanted to come and meet her. When they snubbed her request, Cyrus vowed to “ruin them.” In response, lead singer Thom Yorke said, “When Miley grows up, she’ll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement.”
25. Drug Use On Stage
The “Bangerz” star did more than just twerk at European Music Awards in 2013, which were held in Amsterdam. When she was collecting the award for Best Video for “Wrecking Ball,” she began digging in her purse and pulled out what looked a joint. “I couldn’t fit this award in my bag, but I did find this,” she said before lighting it up. While MTV ended up editing most of this out, it turns out that is not legal in the Netherlands to smoke marijuana in public.
24. Accused of Peer Pressure
Even though Joe Jonas pointed the finger at Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato for pressuring him into smoking marijuana, the outspoken starlet wasn’t having it. “If you want to smoke weed, you’re going to smoke weed. There’s nothing that two little girls are going to do to get you to do what you don’t want to do,” Cyrus told the New York Times in response.
23. Stripper Pole Performance
A 16-year-old Miley Cyrus used a stripper pole during her performance for “Party in the USA” at the Teen Choice Awards in August 2009. However, dad, Billy Ray, didn’t see anything wrong with the provocative routine. “You know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people,” he told Access Hollywood.
22. Spitting Water on Fans
During her Bangerz tour, the attention-seeking starlet spat water onto fans during concerts in Tampa, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. While one would think that her fans would not be into it, that was not the case. As she was spitting water on them, they were cheering her on!
21. Smoking a Bong
In 2010, Miley Cyrus received more bad publicity when a video surfaced of her smoking from a bong during a party. According to her reps, it wasn’t a big deal – she was smoking a legal hallucinogen known as Salvia.
20. Liam’s X-Rated Birthday Cake
In January 2012, photos surfaced of the attention-seeking performer giving her fiancé Liam Hemsworth a birthday cake shaped like a penis. While that alone seemed scandalous enough, there were other photos of Miley posing with the cake and pretending to lick it.
19. Grinding An Older Man
A then 16-year-old Miley raised eyebrows when she was caught on video grinding on the lap of The Last Song director, Adam Shankman, at a wrap party for the movie during the summer of 2009. The director was 44-years-old!
18. The Revealing “We Can’t Stop” Video
In June 2013, the actress-singer released her video for the song “We Can’t Stop.” The video featured scenes of her twerking with teddy bears, shaking her butt provocatively for the cameras, giving spankings and fondling men, all while wearing a revealing leotard.
17. Posing in an Endangered Joshua Tree
In April 2019, Cyrus caused controversy when she posted a photo on Instagram of her sitting on a Joshua tree. This particular type of tree has very fragile limbs that don’t regenerate, so it’s not recommended that people climb them. Fans began commenting with many of them telling her that she wasn’t setting a good example. Even a national park employee chimed in, as well as the Joshua Tree National Park spokesman. “We would just remind her that she has a big following, people watch what she does, and it would be greatly appreciated by the Park Service and the people around the area if she would maybe curb that type of activity, especially posting it on her social media page,”Joshua Tree National Park spokesman George Land said.
16. Concerned Collaborators
When Wiz Khalifa was working with Miley Cyrus on his album Black Hollywood in 2014, he admitted that he was shocked by how much pot she smoked. “Every five minutes she kept being like, ‘Wiz, you don’t have a joint rolled? What’s up?’” Khalifa told Arsenio Hall.
15. The Perry Kiss Snub
During a Miley Cyrus’ concert in Los Angeles in 2014, she tried to slip Katy Perry some tongue for the kiss camera, but the “I Kissed a Girl” singer wasn’t having it. When Perry told Australian TV that she didn’t know where Cyrus’ “tongue has been,” the “Bangerz” star fought back on Twitter by taking stabs at Perry’s ex-boyfriend, John Mayer. “Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT (tongue) been.”
14. Flaunting Her Drug Use
In September 2013, The Last Song star told Rolling Stone how much she loves weed. She admitted that she once smoked a joint with peyote it and that she loves molly (ecstasy), but not cocaine. “Those are happy drugs – social drugs,” she said. “They make you want to be with friends. You’re out in the open. You’re not in a bathroom. I really don’t like coke. It’s so gross and so dark It’s like what are you, from the 90s?”
13. Miley’s Crazy Antics on Her Bangerz Tour
Miley Cyrus is known for her crazy antics. During her Bangerz tour, she faked oral sex with a man wearing a Bill Clinton mask, simulated masturbation, and wore a leotard decorated with marijuana leaves.
12. Controversial Remarks on Rap Music
In 2017 interview with Billboard, Cyrus claimed that she was no longer interested in rap music because of its superficial and sexual messages. “I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my d-ck, suck on my c-ck.’ I can’t listen to that anymore,” she said. “That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c-ck’—I am so not that.” Naturally, this received some backlash with many accusing the singer of exploiting hip hop culture and then turning on it once it no longer benefited her career. In 2019, she finally apologized, acknowledging her privilege as a white musician.
11. Desecrating the Mexican Flag
During a concert in Mexico in 2014, Cyrus angered the Mexican government when a male backup dancer slapped the prosthetic butt she was wearing with a Mexican flag – on Mexican Independence Day. “I felt truly offended and annoyed by the fact that a foreign artist feels like she can come here and make fun of and mock our national flag on Independence Day,” a Nuevo Leon state representative told CNN. “She brazenly made fun of our flag.” Although nothing came of the incident, the fine for messing with the Mexican flag is $1,270 and can come with up to 36 hours in jail.
10. The Phone Hack
In July 2008, the Hannah Montana star’s phone was hacked and photos of her in the shower and bearing her midriff hit the web with a vengeance. The pictures were allegedly meant for personal purposes only and were taken for her then-boyfriend Nick Jonas.
9. Her Provocative Vanity Fair Shoot
In 2008, Miley received an endless amount of backlash after posing for the June cover of Vanity Fair wearing only a bedsheet. Cyrus apologized to fans for the provocative spread: “I took part in a photoshoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.” In 2018, however, she rescinded her apology.
8. Threw a Fit in at the Greenwich Hotel
Management at New York City’s Greenwich Hotel received numerous complaints when the “Party in the U.S.A.” singer arrived with her posse after a concert in 2014 and began creating mayhem in the lobby. There was screaming and swearing and, according to a source, someone in the group was smoking pot. When someone asked her to tone things down, she allegedly had a meltdown and began screaming that she had spent so much money there that they should be glad to have her.
7. Fired from Hotel Transylvania
In 2012, the singer/actress was hired to voice a Mavis, the daughter of Dracula, in the animated film Hotel Transylvania; however, before shooting began, she was replaced by Selena Gomez. While no reason was initially given for the recasting, Miley recently admitted that she was fired during a Twitter rant, claiming it was because she bought Liam Hemsworth a penis cake and then was photographed licking it.
6. “Bangerz” Tour Under Fire
Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” tour was called racist and exploitative because of her use of little people and black backup dancers. However, the controversial starlet did not see it that way. “We’re making them feel sexual and beautiful,” she claimed at the time.
5. Dissing Sinead’s Advice
When Miley Cyrus compared her video for “Wrecking Ball” to Sinead O’Connor’s video for “Nothing Compares 2 U,” O’Connor voiced concern for the wild star in an open letter, saying “The music business will prostitute you for all you are worth and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.” Cyrus snapped back on Twitter with, “Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause I’m hosting & performing on SNL this week.”
4. Miley and Kaitlynn Spotted Basically Having Sex at Soho House
The “Slide Away” singer was spotted by Soho House “basically having sex” with Kaitlynn Carter in August 2019. According to an onlooker, “They were obsessed with each other. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other.” The spy also said, “They were kissing and making out everywhere. In the bathroom, at the bar, in the middle of the floor. They were basically having sex. There’s no question they’re together.
3. “Wrecking Ball” Video Controversy
The controversy-loving starlet’s music video for “Wrecking Ball” has been criticized for being overtly sexual while having no congruity with the song’s message. In the video, Cyrus prances around in her underwear, suggestively fellates a sledgehammer, and swings around on a wrecking ball naked, all while singing about the deterioration of a relationship.
2. The “Wrecking Ball” of VMA Performances
One can’t deny that the “Wrecking Ball” singer solidified her transformation from Disney darling to wild child with her performance at the 2013 VMAs. During the performance, Miley stripped from a leotard to a bra and panties while she gyrated with a bunch of stuffed bears and twerked against fellow performer, Robin Thicke.
1. Leaving Liam for Kaitlynn
When Miley and Liam Hemsworth finally tied the knot in December 2019 after almost a decade of breakups and makeups, most people thought that they were finally getting their happily ever after. However, that all changed when it was announced that the couple had split after less than a year of marriage and Miley was spotted vacationing with Kaitlynn Carter, who recently split with Brody Jenner. While it looked as though the two had been cheating on their spouses together, sources close to Miley insisted that she and Liam had been separated for months before she and Kaitlynn got together. Sources close to Liam, however, claim that he was blindsided by photos of his ex hooking up with Kaitlynn, and shortly after he filed for divorce.