David Jason: ‘Miley Cyrus is the epitome of eroding standards in society’

The Only Fools and Horses star’s comments come after Kate Winslet took aim at Cyrus’ hyper-sexualised antics last week

Quite why David Jason waded in on the whole ‘Miley Cyrus is a bad role model’ debate remains somewhat unclear.

It certainly seems an odd topic for the Touch of Frost star to engage in.

But Jason wasn’t holding back, going one step further than Miley’s past critics such as Sinead O’Connor, Annie Lennox and, more recently, Kate Winslet, by labelling the singer a symbol of declining moral standards and saying society was to blame for encouraging her attention-seeking antics.

"Miley Cyrus epitomises what we have allowed," he told The Sun On Sunday.

"She has done it to break the mould. I can understand why, but we have given her the oxygen of publicity and encouraged it, so young girls will think it is the right way to attract men. We've lost our standards.

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"Once upon a time if you said this or did that, you'd be off the air. They wouldn't dare show it.

"It slowly drip feeds, erodes standards of politeness, manners and morality," he continued.

"It just drips and it takes us further and further down, and instead of inspiring us to look up, we are all going down."

The Only Fools and Horses star’s comments come after Kate Winslet took aim at Cyrus’ hyper-sexualised antics last week.

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"You hear horror stories where you think, 'God, who’s looking after these people and why does it seem like they’re losing their way?'" Winslet told Psychologies magazine.

"I mean, you think about someone like Miley Cyrus, and I said to my daughter the other day, 'I’m this close to opening my mouth about what’s going on with that girl'. Who is actually saying, 'Stop for a second, what do you want, who are you?'"

Read more on Kate Winslet's deep concerns for Miley Cyrus here.

 

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