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VIDEO: Miley Cyrus Sends Homeless Youth to Accept Her VMA Award in Emotional Speech

Good to see the starlet using her fame for something other than twerking!

It turns out there's more to Miley Cyrus than just her infamous twerking and novelty tongue slide. The singer has made headlines again this year at the VMAs but this time for a much more honorable cause – ending youth homelessness in America.

Miley won Video of the Year for her "Wrecking Ball" video in which she appears nude, but instead of accepting the trophy herself, she skipped the stage altogether and sent a homeless teenager named Jesse to pick up the award on behalf of an organization dedicated to helping runaways and homeless youth to deliver a short speech intended to raise awareness about the issue, MTV reported.

"My name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people,” the young man read from a note card. "I survived in shelters all over the city. I've cleaned your hotel rooms, I've been an extra in your movies, I've been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."

The young man instructed viewers to then go to Miley’s Facebook page where the starlet is asking Americans to donate money to “My Friend’s Place” a homeless center for young people in Hollywood, evoking an emotional wrecking ball.

Following the show, thousands took to Twitter and social media to express their respect for Miley.  Check out the speech. You go Miley!

 

 

 

Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.

 

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