Miley Cyrus was honored at this event, but — in keeping with her current strategy — she did not walk the red carpet**. This is perhaps for the best, because it means very few photos exist of her looking like a clown who works nursing homes. (That is a comment on the fabric, by the way, not on Helen Mirren being in that photo. Helen, obviously, is the best at any age, and I really would’ve liked to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. What DOES Helen Mirren say to Miley Cyrus, and how often does she raise her eyebrow in the process?)
** She has said she won’t do it because it’s trivial and the world has more important problems: “Why, when people are starving, am I on a carpet that’s red? Because I’m ‘important’? Because I’m ‘famous’?” And yet she apparently does think she’s important enough to ATTEND the events and accept their awards. I know that’s not quite analogous, but you know how it is with Miley Cyrus. It’s typical for her to say something that has a genuine kernel of good intentions but that has not perhaps been thought through to its full conclusion. Also, to be honest, Miley not walking the red carpet draws zero attention to the larger issues of the world, because she is robbing herself of a platform to discuss them in favor of slipping quietly in the back door. So it’s a bit of a pointless gesture — a bit “if a tree falls in the forest,” if you think about it.