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Miley Cyrus’ recent Bangerz tour has left controversy, angry mothers, and drama in its wake. Now it would appear that the singer's traipse around the world could be creating an international conflict in Finland of all places. How could this happen in a country known for its love of hot saunas, clean water, and reindeer? The simple and most obvious answer is “Russia”.
For those more pop savvy than world news savvy, we are on shaky ground with the Russians. Things have been tense after Russia accepted the annexation of Crimea from the Ukraine and took hold of the country and its militant dolphins (no joke). The UN publicly condemned Russia for its wrongdoings and now America as a world power has imposed sanctions not to do business internationally, as the Iron Curtain makes its way across the world stage. So what exactly does this have to do with the tongue-wagging, rump-shaking, female pop star?
Time says the concert hall in Finland is owned by three very influential Ruskees, two of whom have strong ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin. The men have been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury in response to the Crimea fiasco. In performing, Cyrus would be promoting a monetary exchange between the two countries, which, as the Germans would say is “verboten”, even though they have no stake in any of this. So to recap the action so far, it violates UN and American sanctions for Miley Cyrus to do a concert in Finland because the owners of the venue in question are Russian. Once again the Germans have absolutely nothing to do with this.
So there are three options on the table. First, Live Nation, a company that has more of a say in the matter than Cyrus, could ignore the US sanction and go ahead with their concert tour as planned. That could be a terrible decision but likely would be forgivable down the road. Second, Miley Cyrus and crew could petition the United States Treasury for permission to perform in a Russian owned venue located in Finland. Or third, they could claim the show was sold out before sanctions were imposed, which is a good possibility given the star’s popularity.
Literally the only party that has zero say in this issue are the Finnish, who just want to see a concert. So will we see Miley Cyrus go to Washington? Will she defy and defect to Russia under the name Miley Comrade? Could we be witnessing the event that sparks the next Cold War?! Who knows, but hopefully only exciting things come out of it.