Category: Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus -- as Justin Bieber -- says salvia is LEGAL on SNL's 'The Miley Cyrus Show'

Miley Cyrus let herself be spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend on the recurring "The Miley Cyrus Show" sketch -- but she posed as Justin Bieber while doing it.

Cyrus, who hosted the variety show Saturday by singing her monologue and pretending to be Lindsay Lohan, let the writers poke fun at her in stride as they took on her semi-nude Annie Leibovitz photos, Disney grooming roots and that bong-smoking scandal.

"She was up for anything," cast member Kristen Wiig told MTV News. "That's always, to me, what makes a host fun to have around. They'll make fun of themselves or how the media perceives them. She was up for anything, which was so great."

But Lohan didn't seem to think so. The embattled actress even wrote a letter to "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels because she was upset the show allowed Cyrus to tease her. (What a poor sport. Can't one child star make fun of another?)

The highlight, however, was Cyrus dressed up as an eye-shadow-wearing Bieber on "The Miley Cyrus Show" segment opposite Vanessa Bayer.

"It's a Mexican standoff if the Mexicans were tiny, talented geniuses," Jason Sudeikis said in character as always-doting daddy Billy Ray Cyrus.

Bayer, an "SNL" newbie, all-too-convincingly mimicked Cyrus' toothy smile and loud, nasal voice to blood-curdling annoyance levels. And Cyrus effectively parodied Bieber's hair flips, crotch grabs and ultra-laid-back interview style.

Here's some of what they did (CAPS added for blood-curdling emphasis):


Real Miley as the Biebs: Yeah, you know, it's an image change. I also do the middle finger now.


Real Miley as the Biebs: You know, there's no reason why you wouldn't. Because it's TOTALLY LEGAL, YO!

Point made, Miley. Point made.


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— Nardine Saad

Miley Cyrus reportedly 'furious' over Billy Ray Cyrus' GQ interview [Poll]

Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus on Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus would reportedly prefer it if dad Billy Ray Cyrus would shut his pie hole, according to a friend of the teen star.

"To say Miley is angry is an understatement," the friend told PopEater. "She's furious that her own flesh and blood would make a private matter so public."

Billy Ray Cyrus aired a lot of family business in a recent GQ interview, blaming "Hannah Montana" for destroying his family, saying he "never made one commissioned dime" off his daughter and asserting that Team Miley didn't allow him to parent her through the rough spots.

"Every time something happened in Miley's career, every time the train went off the track, if you will -- Vanity Fair, pole-dancing, whatever scandal it was -- her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put me ... 'Somebody's shooting at Miley! Put the old man up there!' " he told the mag. "Well, I took it because I'm her daddy, and that's what daddies do."

One entity not shocked by Billy Ray's interview, or Miley's attempts to establish herself as an "adult"? Disney itself, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which has a Disney insider saying they saw it coming -- that since "Hannah Montana" wrapped in January, Miley and Billy Ray have been clear with the company about their desire to distance themselves from the series and the character.

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Dr. Drew: Billy Ray Cyrus confused Miley by being a dad-pal-costar


Dr. Drew Pinsky has a few opinions regarding Billy Ray Cyrus' recently expressed parental pain — opinions the doc shared on Joy Behar's show Wednesday night, saying first that nobody should be taking pot shots at Miley Cyrus' dad.

"For a child growing up, it's very hard for [a parent] to have multiple functions.... In other words, you can't be the parent and the friend," Pinsky said. "You can't be the parent, the friend and the costar. That is very confusing. That creates boundary problems for a child. And therein lays the core of one of the problems that Miley seems to be manifesting now."

Billy Ray Cyrus told GQ recently that he'd take back the whole "Hannah Montana" thing — he costarred on the Disney series that made his daughter a household name — if it meant his family would still be intact.

Behar took up Billy Ray's side, pointing out that the country singer was beating himself up, and you had to feel for the guy.

"I've met the man; he's the sweetest, nicest man you'd ever want to meet," Pinsky said. "But I don't think he really understood how he had adulterated his parenting function ... . And he is such a nice guy, he probably had difficulties stepping up and asserting himself when he really needed to."

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Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana' destroyed my family

Billy Ray Cyrus hates Hannah Montana This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

It's not easy being the daddy in the house that Miley Cyrus built, according to Billy Ray Cyrus, who says that if he had it to do over, the star-making "Hannah Montana" would never have happened.

"I'd erase it all in a second if I could," he told GQ magazine.

"I'll tell you right now -- the damn show destroyed my family. And I sit there and go, 'Yeah, you know what? Some gave all.' It is my motto, and guess what?  I have to eat that one. I some-gave-all'd it all right. I some-gave-all'd it while everybody else was going to the bank. It's all sad."

The interview sketches out a familiar pattern disturbingly similar to an early Lindsay/Dina/Michael Lohan construct.

Cyrus filed for divorce from Tish, his wife of 17 years, in October.

"For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic."

At the time of the December interview, Billy Ray said he hadn't yet spoken to his 18-year-old daughter since video had surfaced, days earlier, of her taking a bong hit of salvia. It was the capstone in a streak of troubling behavior from his superstar spawn -- some of which he was criticized for, for not having handled things differently as a parent.

"You know, it seems at this point there's not a lot that I can say she doesn't already know," Cyrus said. "And of course I've sent her the texts of 'I'm here if you need me,' 'Always still love you,' those kind of things ... who knows?

"Maybe she knows exactly what she's doing." 

Does Billy Ray know what he's doing? Tell us in the comments section below.

For the record, 10 a.m. Feb. 16: This post originally said that Billy Ray Cyrus had not spoken to Miley Cyrus since video surfaced of her smoking a bong. At the time the interview was conducted, in December, only a few days had passed since the incident, and they hadn't yet spoken. The two have spent time together since then. Thanks to commenter @Chris for bringing that to our attention.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Billy Ray Cyrus ponders fatherhood, fame and Corn Pops. Credit: Daniel Levitt / GQ 

Miley Cyrus to take a deep breath and host 'SNL'

Miley Cyrus at the Never Say Never premiere Miley Cyrus has signed up to host "Saturday Night Live," and the Ministry wants to know: Will the "SNL" writers be free to write bong jokes? Or is that, like, pretty uncool?

People didn't mention whether the March 5 monologue would mention salvia but did confirm that there will be a separate musical guest who is not Miley Cyrus — possibly freeing her up to also make an appearance on "SNL's" "The Miley Cyrus Show," a sketch that mocks, well, Miley Cyrus.

The whole salvia-bong thing back in December, though legal and not radically unusual, was a mistake, she told Marie Claire recently. "I'm disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans," Cyrus said, noting that in contrast to many others her age who might consider salvia smoking no big deal, she's a role model. 

"So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for."

What she stands for, the Ministry has divined, includes no vampires, no Twitter, no more "Hannah Montana," no problem dating a costar, no hassle from your parents (at least most of the time), no underpants, no more good girl and no bra when meeting the queen — though, oddly, yes to cadmium and yes to international beer — all positions clearly at odds with bong smoking.

Miley fans who can't yet stay up late enough to watch "SNL" can see their idol sing with Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden in "Never Say Never," the just-opened 3-D movie of his life.


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Who's the Miley Cyrus bong video villain? Some say Anna Oliver [poll]

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Miley Cyrus with fans at the premiere of "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" in L.A. on Tuesday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images.

Who's the Miley Cyrus bong video villain? Some say Anna Oliver [poll]


Every story needs a villain -- and in the story of the Miley Cyrus bong video, fans seem to think the villain is one Anna Oliver.

Oliver, a close friend of the "Hannah Montana" star, is allegedly the buddy who captured Miley's salvia-smoking ways for posterity -- and some Cyrus fans now blame her for the video going public. A female voice can be heard at the start of the recording saying, "I'm going to document the [heck] out of this."

TMZ, which first posted the video, reports that Oliver has deactivated her Twitter account and gone into hiding after a barrage of messages along the lines of, "What would you do if you met Anna Oliver? -- Probably kick her teeth in."

Oliver is also a friend of recently derailed Disney star Demi Lovato, who posted a Flickr picture of them together in February with the caption ""BESTIESSSSSS - @AnnaCOliver."

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Report: Salvia sales up after Miley Cyrus bong-smoking video

Miley-cyrus-white-dress In the wake of a video showing Miley Cyrus smoking a bong, sales of salvia divinorum jumped at some Los Angeles-area head shops, according to TMZ, which spoke to several of the legal outlets over the weekend.

Sources told the website Friday that the just-turned-18-year-old was not smoking pot, but rather the hallucinogenic salvia, which is legal to possess in California, though illegal to sell to minors.

The inexpensive herb, also known as "Magic Mint" or "Sally-D," can cause hallucinations "innocent and quaint" or "frightening and nauseating," according to WebMD.

Anthony Adams, the onetime state assemblyman who tried to get salvia classified as a controlled substance in 2007, told TMZ on Saturday that it was irresponsible of the "Hannah Montana" star to  experiment with the herb -- not to mention let a friend document it -- because it can make a person do "incredibly crazy things."

"Miley is a star," Adams said, "and young kids are going to emulate her behavior."

Looks like he was right: Some customers over the weekend were asking for "the stuff Miley was smoking," TMZ said.

See, she really is a role model.


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So that's Miley Cyrus bong-smoking salvia -- and what is salvia, exactly?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet for the 2010 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Nov. 21. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images

So that's Miley Cyrus bong-smoking salvia -- and what is salvia, exactly?

Salvia Miley Cyrus bong smoking A Miley Cyrus bong-smoking video reportedly showing her smoking salvia sparked up a lot of interest Friday -- and also raised the question, what is salvia? What are salvia's effects?

Literally, it was a question: "What the [gosh darn] is salvia?!," a friend of the Ministry asked. "And I thought I knew all controlled substances."

More properly known as Salvia divinorum, the herb is "an old psychedelic drug with new appeal," The Times' Health team reported in 2008, when the California legislature was deciding who should be able to buy the type of sage.

Currently, the herb is illegal in a number of states, but not regulated federally as a controlled substance. So the friend of the Ministry need not feel so bad.

Salvia effects From Health reporter Shari Roan's article:

Salvia divinorum is an inauspicious-looking member of the mint family and is one of many species of salvia, also known as sage, some of which are common garden plants in hot, dry climates. (Salvia divinorum itself is not a popular garden plant because it is not considered decorative.) Salvia divinorum contains a chemical, salvinorin A, that causes hallucinations. The dried leaves or concentrated extract, which is often sold as incense, are smoked or chewed and produce a high lasting from less than a minute to about a half-hour. Users report distorted senses, an out-of-body feeling and losing control over their body movements.

Some websites promoting salvia warn users to take the drug in the presence of a sober person who can help if a user loses body control or behaves erratically. Numerous users have placed clips on YouTube of themselves or others laughing hysterically or staggering around while high on salvia, such as one YouTube clip that has logged more than 240,000 views.

It's illegal in California to provide salvia divinorum to a minor, but legal for a minor to possess it. 

"Salvia is a drug of concern," a Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman told MTV News. "We are taking steps to look further into it, but for right now, it is not a schedule-one narcotic."

Click here to read about salvia in more detail -- including whether it's addictive, and whether it's like LSD, among other fascinating details.


Miley Cyrus bong-smoking video has dad Billy Ray 'so sad'

Miley Cyrus bong hit 'documented' -- but it was salvia, honest

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Salvia divinorum plants grown by Daniel Siebert of Malibu in 2001, left; the herb in a dried form, right. Credits: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times, left; Ricardo De Aratanha / Los Angeles Times, right

Miley Cyrus bong-smoking video has dad Billy Ray 'so sad'

Cyrus-familyMiley Cyrus' bong smoking video was finally enough to get dad Billy Ray Cyrus to criticize his daughter's behavior. Well, almost criticize it.

"Sorry guys. I had no idea," he said Friday on Twitter. "Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. I'm so sad. There is much beyond my control right now."

He and Miley's mom, Tish, filed for divorce in October after 17 years of marriage.

Billy Ray, who costarred in "Hannah Montana" with Miley, has previously defended her in situations where her behavior raised eyebrows. For example, when she held a pole and danced at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, when she posed semi-nude for Vanity Fair, when she made racy videos for "Can't Be Tamed" and "Who Owns My Heart," and when video surfaced showing her grinding her butt into the crotch of fortysomething film producer Adam Shankman at the wrap party for her film "The Last Song."  (We didn't hear what he thought about the cleavage-baring maxi dress she wore to meet the queen.)

Miley turned 18 in November, and if -- as sources told TMZ -- she was smoking the hallucinogenic herb salvia divinorum at her L.A. pad and not marijuana, she wasn't breaking any laws. Still, it must be hard for a dad to see his little girl all grown up. 


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tish, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11, 2010, in Beverly Hills. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


Miley Cyrus bong hit 'documented' -- but it was salvia, honest

Miley Cyrus bong hit of salvia Miley Cyrus has a new video out -- and in it she's smoking from a bong at her L.A.-area home five days after her 18th birthday in November. The herbaceous culprit? Allegedly not pot, but salvia, sources told TMZ.

More on salvia later.

In the video, taken by a friend who wanted to "document the [heck] out of this" and posted by TMZ, Cyrus goes from "having a little bit of a bad trip" to laughing her butt off to, well, acting pretty much like an idiot. You know that laugh? Yeah, there's that laugh.

"Is that a ... Liam lookalike or what?" she asks. "Is that my boyfriend?"

Um, no, Liam Hemsworth does not appear to have been in the house.

Keeping with the relaxed vibe, the Eagles' "Take It Easy" -- which we hear is a big hit with the kids these days? -- can be heard in the background.

Salvia divinorum, an herb with hallucinogenic properties, is legal to buy and possess in California, as is marijuana, for those with a prescription. (We'll have to get back to you on whether tobacco smoking is still legal in the Golden State, however. Depends on the city.)

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