Thom Yorke of Radiohead hits back at Miley Cyrus and Kanye West

Thom Yorke of Radiohead has hit back at Miley Cyrus’ public complaint that the band wouldn’t meet her, ’cause she’d already texted all her friends and was like totally embarrassed. Yorke said that Miley has a “sense of entitlement” that she’ll lose once she “grows up”:

In a radio interview last week (ends06Mar09), Cyrus said, “My manager asked and said, you know, ‘Miley, she’s really obsessed and she’d really like to meet them,’ and they were like, ‘Yeah, we don’t really do that.’”

Cyrus was left humiliated by the slight – because she had already boasted to her friends about meeting the band.

She adds, “I left ’cause I was so upset. I wasn’t going to watch! I’d already texted all my friends, we were all freaking out.”

And the teen sensation was so hurt she made an instant decision to expose Radiohead as mean guys – something that has annoyed Yorke.

In a statement issued to magazine Us Weekly, the Fake Plastic Trees singer says, “When Miley grows up, she’ll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement.”

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Radiohead have long held a policy of not doing that kind of media thing, and letting their music speak for itself. It can come across as kind of snobbish, but I like that they’re proving you can sell albums without having to have an accompanying television show, clothing line, and running stream of paparazzi pictures.

Miley wasn’t the only one who got the brush off, Kanye West also got knocked back with a very s

Kanye West also has a bone to pick with the band. During his “VH1 Storytellers” taping, West told the audience he, too, was snubbed by the British band at the Grammys. He was so mad that when Radiohead performed, “I sat the f— down.”

So, much in Kanye’s style, the guys addressed the beef rumors on their Web site, Dead Air Space. “Wish us all a safe journey,” Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke blogged. “If you still like us and you’re not one of those people I have managed to offend by doing nothing, xx.”


Couldn’t they have set up a meeting with Kanye and Miley? That would have solved everything!

It’s unusual for Thom Yorke to respond to this kind of thing, but maybe he was annoyed that Miley got a lot of publicity for her comments, more than Radiohead received for their performance. I have no idea why Miley and Kanye thought that Radiohead should meet them, they have nothing really in common musically. Oh that’s right – Radiohead are the darlings of the music press and Kanye and Miley wanted a piece of that. If Kanye and Miley were real fans they would have respected Radiohead’s wishes and be content to see their performance.

Photo credit: PRPhotos. Yorke is shown performing in London on 6/25/08. Cyrus is shown at the Grammy Awards on 2/8/09

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  1. Gloaming says:

    Oh for christsake grow up!

    Thom Yorke doesn’t owe Miley Cyrus or Kanye West anything.

    Your post is inaccurate anyway.

    . QUOTE-” I’m the one who said that,” wrote rep Steve Martin when we checked in to see about the MTV appropriation. While there’s a thin line between “band rep” and “band,” it does seem like an important distinction to make in this instance.

  2. boobaloob says:

    I love love LOVE Radiohead and their music. And Thom’s always been a very introverted and brilliant musician. Kanye, though talented, has always been an egotistical brat. And Miley? Please — she’s a pop-tart princess that probably couldn’t name one of Radiohead’s songs and/or albums.

  3. ash says:

    She couldn’t be, like ,omg – more of an whiney baby.

  4. yadira says:

    Love it!

  5. Kimberly says:

    another reason why i love Thom Yorke .

  6. sissoucat says:

    When does she go away ? Oh, right, at 20. Hey, gotta use those drugs for some time to get their full effect !

  7. boomchakaboom says:


  8. tigerlille says:

    I think it is a question of IF she grows up, not when. But we can always hope.

  9. Kal says:

    Thank you Thom Yorke!

  10. Sauronsarmy says:

    LOL Go Radiohead!

  11. becca says:

    Thank you SO MUCH Yorke. Amazing.

    He couldn’t have said it better. Literally took the words right out of my mouth too. It’s so rare when you see someone attempt to pull the rug out from under self-entitled brats like Miley.

  12. curegirl0421 says:

    HAHAHA, good for him for telling that spoiled brat to grow up.

  13. Gaby says:

    I love Thom more and more with every passing day.

  14. Lena says:

    Zing right at John Mayer who play every publicity game in the book. Now the game with the Tv show.
    I love and respect Radiohead so much for not playing Hollywood’s disgusting games.
    Radiohead’s music is awesome.

  15. Vibius says:

    Maybe they blew them off because Miley Cyrus and Kanye West represent everything they hate about the music business.

  16. Gaby says:

    I just read in Pitchfork that it wasn’t Thom or any member of the band, it was their publicist who said Miley should grow up. Though it does sound like something Thom would say.

  17. Gloaming says:

    @ Gaby- Yes you’re right , as my post above stated, it was their long term press officer Steve Martin who actually made the statement.

    The thing that’s being missed here is Thom’s sense of humour in the Dead Air Space quote.

    Anywho the way they handle themselves in those circles just another thing for me to admire about them.

    What was it Bjork said about Thom Yorke – found the quote-

    “The kind of guy he is, full of integrity – there’s not a grain of artificial, show-business behavior in him.

    :big smiley face:

  18. Gloaming says:

    I need to add though, it’s really weird reading about Radiohead in celebrity gossip articles/blogs.


  19. stellapurdy says:

    I love Radiohead but have to mention that they aren’t the first band to not be sucked into the commericialism of a clothing line or having their songs be background music for ads. Billy Joel also has refused to do all of this too and at one time when he was at the top of his career he certainly had the opportunity.

    It’s too bad there aren’t more bands like them.

  20. Jill says:

    yay thom yorke, love you. kind of an arrogant comment, i guess, but i love it anyway!!! can you imagine a meeting between miley cyrus and thom yorke anyway? like, oh my god, like radiohead is like my favorite band ever!

  21. Yorke and his wonk-eye don’t lie.

    Suck-it, Miley.

  22. orion70 says:

    “Kanye West also got knocked back with a very s”

    where’s the rest?

    At least Miley Cyrus is still a kid. Sadly, “growing up” did Kanye no good at all.

  23. Mark says:

    Thom Yorke: one eye lookin’ at ya, one eye lookin’ for ya.

  24. FF says:

    Is it that unusual? I remember back when Oasis were boasting that they hadn’t gone to art school and insinuating that bands who did were pretentious that Yorke commented that, yes, he had gone to art school and it had taught him to respect other artists.

    I still love that zing to this day.

    Seriously, they seem to be a band of their word, if they don’t do it for Miley, why should they do it for Kanye. If they don’t do it, they don’t do it.

  25. bob says:

    lol miley cyrus is becoming like britney spears lol. next thing you know she’s gonna be bald.

  26. hollis says:

    This is just about the funniest thing thats ever happened to Radiohead. Haha, I love them! And I love them even more now :D

  27. yhyh says:

    yeah, remember, she’s like 16, so she is a kid.

    he’s 40-something.



    he should’ve just ignored it.

  28. TJ says:

    Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and co. aside from being god-like musicians, are pretty reclusive. They’d have said no to anyone. Especially any teen pop “sensation” (for want of a better word).

    I mean how would that potential conversation have gone? I’d imagine it would involve one 16 year old girl going “OMG OMG like so totally awesome” a lot, and a few late 30s/early 40s men sitting around feeling awkward because they have next to no respect for her, nothing in common musically or in ideology, and hoping she would leave!