Miley Cyrus Just Pissed off yet Another Marginalized Community
Fans of Miley Cyrus are starting to get sick of her “just being Miley.” Cyrus has once again found herself in hot water again following a recent Instagram live with her new boyfriend, Cody Simpson. After making some polarizing statements about sexual orientation, members of the LGBT community and their allies are fed up with the “Slide Away” singer.
Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson jump on Instagram live
Yesterday, Cyrus jumped on Instagram live, after struggling with a bought of boredom. Joining her was her new boyfriend, Cody Simpson, and Australian singer, who recently released a song that Cyrus inspired. The “Don’t Call Me Angel” singer rambled about a fair amount of topics, but things got serious when she referenced sexual orientation.
“There are good men out there, guys, don’t give up. You don’t have to be gay, there are good people with di*ks out there, you’ve just got to find them. You’ve got to find a di*k that’s not a di*k, you know? I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it’s not true. There are good people out there that just happen to have di*ks. I’ve only ever met one, and he’s on this live,” Cyrus stated, referring to Simpson.
Liam Hemsworth and Kaitlynn Carter
While some people felt upset that this commentary seemed to shade Cyrus’ ex, Liam Hemsworth, most fans were horrified by what Cyrus’ statements seemed to imply about the LGBT community. Though Cyrus is a part of the community (she identifies as pansexual and recently dated Kaitlynn Carter) fans and critics alike say that, at best, Cyrus’ commentary shows her own internal homophobia. Certainly, it is disheartening and problematic, to hear Cyrus making claims like this simply because she’s now dating Simpson.
“Miley, this is so not it. Women don’t ‘have to be gay’ because they ‘can’t find a good person with a d*ck’. Don’t use the queer community as a stop-gap because you couldn’t find a boyfriend. People aren’t queer because they “gave up” on men. This is so insulting,” one person tweeted, calling out the hypocrisy that Cyrus displayed on her Instagram live with Simpson.
Cyrus needs to slide away from her problematic thinking
“Bro Miley saying you don’t have to be gay there are good men out there….my good sis about to be dragged…Miley baby some people just are attracted to women and or men , not because men are di*ks and vice versa…she actin up don’t mind her,” another Twitter user sounded off. Others chose to call out Cyrus’ fans for not speaking out about her problematic statements. “I love how y’all stay mute about this. The internal homophobia/biphobia, it really jumped out. So much for the for being vocal about [sic] the LGBT community and being openly pansexual huh,” an eloquent Twitter user shared.
Fans defend Cyrus on Twitter
Of course, Cyrus still had plenty of fans who rushed to her defense. Some were adamant that Cyrus was just joking and actually trolling herself for her own sexuality and moving on from Carter to Simpson so quickly. Others believed that while her comments weren’t great, she still had pure intentions to help the LGBT community. “Yeah, she should’ve chosen her [sic] words more deeply. But don’t hate her because [sic] of this, she has been putting a lot of energy and money for LGBTQ+, and has her own whole foundation to help homeless LGBTQ+, and openly talked about [sic] her sexuality,” one fan tweeted.
The singer has offended marginalized communities before
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only time that Cyrus has pissed off a marginalized group. Prior to her relationship with Simpson, she also managed to alienate some members of the Black community and the hip-hop community with her commentary. Though she issued a watery, pseudo apology years later, it read to many as too little too late.
We can’t know whether or not Cyrus’ most recent comments were meant to be taken seriously or not. However, after more than a decade in the spotlight, we’d hope she’d have learned to choose her words more wisely. if not for her sake, for the sake of those in the community that she claims to care about and advocate for.