Miley Cyrus' VMA Stunt Showcasing Homeless Youth Paid Off Big Time (Literally)

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: My Friend's Place representative Jesse Helt (L) accepts Video of the Year with singer Miley Cyrus for 'Wrecking Ball' onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Big news for Miley Cyrus, who made headlines this past weekend when she asked a homeless teen to accept her VMA award for Video of the Year (of course, "Wrecking Ball" won) at the show, Marlon Brando-style: Apparently, Miley Cyrus' VMA stunt raised $200,000 for homeless teens in under 24 hours following the show, and counting. 

This is great to hear, especially considering Cyrus' last VMA appearance consisted of twerking on the ickiest musician in the industry, Robin Thicke. It seems like she was genuinely trying to make a difference in the lives of the over 1.6 million homeless youth in the country, and, in a big way, it managed to pay off. Every dollar counts! 

Unfortunately, though Cyrus' intentions were in the right place, the story has since become somewhat convoluted in the news, as these types of stories tend to: Instead of focusing on the message Cyrus was trying to convey to viewers, the story quickly became about the young man who accepted Cyrus' award himself, Jesse Helt, and his legal troubles in the state of Oregon. That's not, of course, what Cyrus was trying to accomplish, and she wasted no time tweeting about it, either. 

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At the very least, it seems despite the story's twists and turns, Cyrus' efforts paid off: $200,000 is a lot to raise in under 24 hours, and surely, it'll be put to good use assisting the millions of homeless young people in the country.

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