Miley Cyrus' ‘Dirty Hippie’ Art Show Featured Illegal Drugs

By John Lavitt 10/03/14

The pop singer's display featured a bead-covered bong and tabs of LSD.

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Miley Cyrus’ “Dirty Hippie” art show that premiered on Sept. 10 in Manhattan during New York Fashion Week was clearly designed to shock.

During an interview with V Magazine, Miley Cyrus showed a number of the pieces that were part of the show that the magazine described as “a psychedelic jungle.” The question is why so many of the pieces actually include illegal drugs like pharmaceutical pills, tabs of acid, and blunts.

In the interview, Miley Cyrus explained her wild child approach to making art. “During that 4th of July party, I saw this party hat and I thought it might be fun to glue some shit onto it. I just made it for myself to wear. And then someone was like, Oh this is great, you should keep going… [Pointing] There are drugs in that, and then there’s a blunt.”

As a self-proclaimed pothead and proponent of Molly in her songs, Miley glued some of the drugs to the sculptures. In the show, it was hard to see the specific drugs because they had been painted over and thrown into a chaotic array of stuff from the life of Cyrus. Nevertheless, nobody could mistake the five-foot bong standing proud in a corner as anything other than a five-foot bong.

Cyrus often posts pictures of her colorful artwork on Instagram, and the five-foot bong covered in beads and knick-knacks has been included as well. The premier of the small exhibit took place in conjunction with Jeremy Scott’s fashion show at the height of Fashion Week. The show can still be seen as it remains on display at the V Magazine office’s gallery in New York City.

Although Cyrus has claimed the show proves that she is more than just some “pop dumb dumb,” there is an argument to be made that including drugs in a show that will be seen by many of her underage fans is a stupid choice. Although the therapeutic impact of the work is undeniable, is it necessary for Cyrus to take such artistic therapy to the point of being a dangerous influence?

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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