Miley Cyrus should know better.
We're not even talking about smoking weed, which she admitted to doing – in a video that is now all over the Internet – a little too much at her 19th birthday party this weekend, we're talking about getting caught saying or doing things that she has to know are going to cause the odd bit of public outrage on camera.
"You know you're a stoner when friends make you a Bob Marley cake—you know you smoke way too much f***in' weed," Cyrus said as pal Kelly Osbourne presented her with a birthday cake.
Cyrus has a long and ridiculous history of letting people film her doing silly things. Whether she's grinding on director Adam Shankman, hitting a bong packed with salvia or posing for pictures while slanting her eyes, Cyrus, who's been doing her thing in the entertainment industry since she was eight years old, has repeatedly endured criticism for her off-screen behavior ... behavior none of us would even know about if she'd simply ask her "friends" to put the camera down.
We want to be very clear here: We are not shaking our finger at Cyrus. She is young and it's her life, man. She's even been pretty clear that she doesn't see herself as a role model. "My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act because I’m still figuring that out for myself," she told Harper's Bazzar last year. "To take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life."
We think she makes a pretty valid point. But she'd still be doing herself a major solid by asking her friends to put the cameras away and enjoy the party.
We we're lucky enough to grow up in a time before technology had advanced to a point where documenting our every move was possible. Miley doesn't have that going for her. It's not her fault, it's just how things are now and she needs to learn how to adapt to a cultural environment she should have a pretty good grasp on.
Or maybe she just doesn't care what we all think of her. It could be that too.