Nov. 28, 2011 at 9:58 AM ET
Just days before Thanksgiving, Miley Cyrus celebrated her 19th birthday with friends at Beacher's Madhouse inside L.A.'s Roosevelt Hotel. At the blessed event, Cyrus was presented a cake in the likeness of Bob Marley, and in a video obtained by The Daily, the former Disney star responded to the gesture, saying, ""You know you're a stoner when yourfriends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke way too much f---ing weed!"
What to do with this piece of information ... chastise Cyrus for no longer being the embodiment of the good-girl, Disney image? Fear that she's going down the path paved by Lindsay Lohan? Ignore the story all together? Readers offered varied opinions in a discussion over here on Facebook on Sunday.
If you're Kelly Osbourne, who is featured prominently in the video, you stand by your friend. On Twitter, Osbourne wrote, "u guys if @MileyCyrus is not recording/filming/touring she is works everyday how could she possible do all that if she was a stoner! #think." Grammatically correct, no, but the point is there. At least in Osbourne's opinion, Cyrus couldn't be a productive person if she was "a stoner."
Cyrus' rep didn't leave her client twisting in the breeze: she came out with the tried-and-true (and tired) "it was taken out of context" defense. "It's all been taken out of context. The cake was a joke and Miley's response was intended to be sarcastic."
Handling controversy is exactly what publicists are paid to do, but if this was going to be the response, the best response would have been to just pretend it didn't happen. Cyrus might only be 19, but she used up her sympathy cards long ago. When you grow up in the business, then you know how the business works, period. You know that there are times to be sarcastic, and times when your sarcasm (if that's what it really is) will be taken out of context. If you want the freedom to make any comment you want, then know enough to have your birthday party with people you really trust, and not at a place that seems to invite bad press, like the Roosevelt Hotel.
Cyrus is entitled to grow out of her "Hannah Montana" image, and truthfully, I've got better things to concern myself with than the question of her does-she-or-doesn't-she pot use, or whether she's a Lohan in training. What's irritating about this story is the complete lack of common sense at play. Miley, you should just know better.
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