My Miley Cyrus Intolerance
HAVING been a child who favoured Nickelodeon over the Disney Channel, I was always relatively ignorant of Miley Cyrus. Apart from having a tendancy to enthusiastically sing Party In The USA at any given opportunity, Miley Cyrus rarely interested me.
However, Miley and her attempts to shed her innocent Hannah Montana image over the past few years have come to my attention via a Daily Mail addiction and unfortunately, unwanted retweets of her tweets on my Twitter timeline. Thanks to a mixture of the latter, I have unfortunately witnessed much more of her body parts than I ever wished to see, expressed jealousy at the beauty of her (now ex) fiancé and lamented the cutting of her once-beautiful hair. Miley’s most recent claim to controversy was her performance at the VMAs where, while dancing inapproprately and ‘twerking’ to Robin Thicke, she shocked viewers all over the world. Personally, I still ignored it, admittedly half because I was extremely jealous of her body. Days later, Miley’s ex got pictured kissing a beautiful model. While half the internet ridiculed Miley’s loss, I was more inclined to feel a bit sorry for her on account of Liam’s unfortunately wonderful replacement. Sisterhood and all that.
However, my Miley tolerance is no longer existant. On Tuesday night, Sinéad O Connor, seemingly startled by Miley’s claim that she was the inspiration for her rather graphic Wrecking Ball music video, wrote an open letter to Miley and published it on her website. The letter, which made me want to have Sinead O’Connor as my personal penpal, was by no means condescending or belittling – instead, it was a rather heartwarming, honest opinion from one star who attracted the same negative media attention as Miley. Sinéad, giving a ‘motherly’ warning to Cyrus, urges Miley to somewhat reconsider her decision to let the music industry ‘prostitute’ herself; ‘None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled.’
By all accounts, Sinéad’s brutally honest message to Miley was a commendable warning of the pitfalls that potentially await Cyrus. Unfortunately enough, Miss Cyrus didn’t seem to agree. Yesterday Miley replied to Sinéad with a simple tweet including a screenshot of Sinéad O’Connor’s infamous tweets from two years ago, where she cried for psychriatric help, alongside the caption ‘Before Amanda Bynes, there was Sinéad O’ Connor.’ Yes readers, that was the end of my Miley tolerance, and my solo versions of Party In The USA.
Miley’s response, at least a pathetic and undignified reply, single-handedly ridicules mental illness and reinforces the stigma towards mental illnesses today. While I question the irony of a person who so publicly, in the words of O’Connor, ‘prostitutes’ herself having the audacity to deliberately belittle the likes of Bynes and O’Connor for suffering mental illness, Miley proves herself to be a heartless individual with little empathy towards anyone who may have more serious worries than which colour of knickers to wear in public next. While Miley may have only intended for Bynes and O’Connor to feel the wrath of her tweet, inevitably many of her followers and fans who may also suffer mental illness will also be affected by Miley’s blatant ridiculing of the illnesses, something that Miss Cyrus probably didn’t have the common intellect to realise.
Personally, what I found most laughable about Miley’s response was indeed the complete irony of the situation – by Miley showing that she lacks the maturity to understand and emphasise towards mental illnesses, Miley ironically shows us that, despite her very best efforts and wishes, she is certainly not the ‘adult’ that she so desperately wants the world to believe that she is. The sooner that Miley realises that showing off that she has physically finished puberty does not completely equate to becoming an adult, the better for herself, and our eyes.
And Miley, be nice- you never know who you might be sharing a room in rehab with.
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