I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Miley GETS IT, y’all. Pop music used to be full of social justice and political undertones, and perhaps it will be again with stars like her at the helm of the American culture machine. Her op-ed published yesterday on Medium, which is essentially a manifesto for Happy Hippies, paints a picture of a world I want to live in – where young people help each other to become the generation that turns this sinking ship of a planet around.
The Happy Hippie Foundation is a non-profit focused on empowering and providing resources for homeless LGBT youth, more than 40% of homeless youth in the US identify as such and are often homeless as a result of being forced out of families who don’t accept them. As Miley says, she decided to launch the Foundation, ”…because every life is valuable and we should make sure those who question their value feel protected.”
What I liked best about her article, aside from the revolution-minded message, is how young she seems. This piece was not re-worked by a PR grown-up to pack in the talking points, it’s shot straight from the hip packed full of genuine feels. “The Happy Hippie Foundation is encouraging people to be the artists of a picture of true freedom, freedom of self-expression… freedom to be true to themselves. The fight to be free isn’t over. We have to rally together and fight injustice. Being a happy hippie means making others happy, even those unlike yourself! Happy Hippie Foundation isn’t just focusing on one problem; I am young and there is so much to fight for, learn, and be passionate about.”
I feel like ours and younger generations are starved for a real hero that stands for something. THANK YOU FOR BEING THE ONE, MILEY! Your positive upgrade to typical pop-culture programming is a breath of fresh air and your message has me out there doing the work and feeling the feels that goes along with it. I’m volunteering at My Friend’s Place homeless youth shelter and meeting some incredibly inspiring people there, collecting clothes from all my friends to donate, and I just ordered a sweater to support the happy hippies. This feels really good, like I’m part of something meaningful and greater than myself. Who knows where it’s going, wherever it is I’m down – and I highly recommend the HH path to all those seeking more joy and human connection in their lives.