Miley Cyrus isn’t having a ‘party in the USA’ as she’s being dragged for “promoting obesity” in her latest music video. The 26-year-old might be known for her absolute ‘bangerz’, but that hasn’t stopped her grabbing headlines.
Fandom is divided over Cyrus’ latest post on Instagram to promote her new music video. 22-year-old Pamela Umeh from Ireland reshared a post of actor Angelina Duplisea in Cyrus’ latest video and said that obesity shouldn’t be “accepted or praised.”
It was all part of Cyrus featuring Duplisea in the video for”Mother’s Daughter” — off her new EP, She Is Coming. Umeh wrote, “Don’t care how I’m viewed but someone has to say it.
“This is not healthy, this is obesity that leads to health problems and shouldn’t be praised or accepted because society has become so sensitive to everything.”
Umeh’s post was retweeted more than 40,000 times before she deleted it. Unsurprisingly, there was a furious backlash as many branded her fatphobic.
Do you really care about her health or you just felt you needed to make a comment about her size.— SophiaTheFirst🌷 (@_okochasophia_) July 7, 2019
The fat phobia showed here. Please don’t pretend this was you being concerned with other people and their “health”. You are not a doctor. You are not an expert. YOU are clearly made uncomfortable by a body that does not resemble your own and that’s what’s unhealthy here. Shut up. pic.twitter.com/LxW7YIvmCH— Olivia (@liv_barrantes) July 9, 2019
Nobody & I mean NOBODY is saying that it’s the epitome of health. Just that even people living with obesity exist & are allowed to exist lmfao. Y’all annoying. pic.twitter.com/J0KumGsZTa— jetsu (@Hoekagayeee) July 9, 2019
Ok it’s unhealthy, but does that mean they shouldn’t be represented in the media?— Praise (@praisecookies) July 7, 2019
*sigh* here we go again. showing fat bodies is not praise of obesity & related health problems. it’s inclusivity. its representation. it’s helping other people who look like her love themselves as they are and not be pressured into skinniness. fat people shouldn’t be excluded +— JJ✨ (@JusticeTierney) July 7, 2019
yes. it is unhealthy. HOWEVER. these 80 pound supermodels that have been glorified for decades are too. but i don’t hear anyone bitchin about them— happy lil bitch (@naomianna4) July 7, 2019
Umeh tried to defend herself, but it wasn’t enough for some. She was royally dragged for her opinionated views.
I’m not an ignorant person lol I know a few people close to me with health problems due to obesity— IG: pamela.umeh (@PamelaUmeh) July 7, 2019
I chose to talk about it if you don’t like it that’s your personal problem
Only last month, Cyrus caused a stir when she had to apologise about her previous remarks on hip-hop. In 2017, Cyrus spoke out about the genre, saying: “It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c**k. I am so not that.”
Her comments led to quite a bit of backlash from those who accused her of being hypocritical considering she explored hip-hop style music in her 2013 album, Bangerz.
A fan shared a homemade video on YouTube entitled ‘Miley Cyrus Is My Problematic Fav…Sorry’, explaining why she still loved the singer despite the remarks, and Miley took it upon herself to head on over to the video’s comment section to respond.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak up,” she wrote. “Being silent is not like me at all. I am aware of my platform and have always used it the best way I know how and to shine a light on injustice. I want to start with saying I am sorry. I own the fact that saying … ‘this pushed me out of the hip hop scene a little’ was insensitive as it is a privilege to have the ability to dip in and out of ‘the scene’.”
“There are decades of inequality that I am aware of, but still have alot (to) learn about,” she continued. “Silence is apart of the problem and I refuse to be quiet anymore. My words became a divider in a time where togetherness and unity is crucial . I can not change what I said at that time , but I can say I am deeply sorry for the disconnect my words caused. Simply said ; i f**ked up and I sincerely apologise.”
Finishing up her apology post, Miley told her followers: “I’m committed to using my voice for healing , change , and standing up for what’s right.”
[Featured Image: Miley Cyrus Instagram]