“All eyes are on me, and I’ll do what I wanna do so people remember me,” Miley Cyrus said earlier this week. But after twerking on Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs and getting naked for her “Wrecking Ball” music video, Miley’s latest attempt to make a splash, some say, has crossed the line.
After Miley performed with a band comprised of “little people” in Germany and England earlier this week, 3’10” showbiz vet Selene Luna spoke out exclusively to RadarOnline.com to slam the “offensive” performance.
“Miley’s performance struck a chord with me,” Luna, who has performed with Dita Von Teese and appeared on VH1’s The Cho Show with Margaret Cho, tells Radar. “As much as I’m all for being anti-victim, it’s offensive to me that little people are still the go-to butt of the joke. I don’t understand why it’s ok that she’s like, ‘Oooh look at my prop!'”
A stand-up comic and burlesque dancer herself, Luna says Miley’s performance is unacceptable in her eyes.
“I could never get way with doing a show surrounded by a band of people with Down Syndrome,” Luna explains. “You couldn’t do a show with Chinese people and be like, ‘Look at my Chinaman!’ Why is this ok? It’s like little people are the last acceptable blackface in showbiz.”
“I shouldn’t be shocked or anything at this point, but I just don’t understand why she finds it funny to have these short-afflicted people performing,” Luna says. “And I don’t want to be patronizing to the little people with her because they have every right to make that money. It just makes me sick.”
The Little People Association of America refused to comment when approached by RadarOnline.com.
And Luna says that culture of silence is what allows people like Miley to get away with treating humans as props.
“Nobody’s saying anything about it because it just shows that society really does not value little people as individuals with thoughts and feelings,” she says. “Little people really do not matter in society.”
“I’m not on some anger thing about it,” she insists. “But I have the right to voice myself in a public platform just the same as Miley does.”
Luna will have that platform when she launches a new radio talk show, Lunatic Fringe, on September 19 at 3 pm PST on the Universal Broadcasting Network.
Watch Miley perform with little people here and weigh in below: