Where would Miley Cyrus be in life these days without a periodic eruption of Internet-based controversy? The online antics of the former child star seem to elicit regular bouts of wailing and gnashing of teeth from star watchers who undoubtedly long for Miley’s kid-friendly days of Hannah Montana. Hard cheese, Disneyphiles. Grown-up Miley is here to stay and if folks don’t remember the time she rode a wrecking ball in the nude or wore a rubber sex toy in public, maybe finding out that she drew and painted on a defenseless dog will get people talking about Ms. Cyrus once again — at least for the next several news cycles, anyway.
On Tuesday, Miley Cyrus posted new photos of her young pit bull Milky via her Instagram account, which has somewhere in the neighborhood of 32.7 million followers. While the 23 year-old mega-star frequently fawns over her pets, the aforementioned pics struck a sour note with vocal contingent of her fans who noticed the appearance of blue pen marks on the dog’s head and neon nail polish on the cream-colored canine’s front paws.
Although Miley didn’t call attention to the cosmetic “enhancements,” a number of her followers expressed disdain with the singer’s standard of care for her dog. The Daily Mail noted the ensuing backlash. One fan bluntly told Cyrus, “Stop coloring on your dog.” Others pointed out that nail polish is potentially hazardous to dogs, suggesting that Miley was endangering Milky’s health.
Still, the photo garnered 150,000 likes over the course of several hours and a number of fans jumped to the defense of Miley Cyrus in the comments section.
“Miley Cyrus loves her pets!” one supporter exclaimed. “She spoils them!! If anything she has doggy safe nail polish, etc. She loves her pets and wouldn’t do anything to hurt it. Dogs wanna be pretty too. I wouldn’t put past it that Miley has doggy safe and piggy safe stuff. Y’all need to chill.”
For her part, Miley seemed to take that whole “chill” advice seriously and followed up with another Instagram post showing her snuggling with Milky. Shrugging off the negative commenters from her previous pic, she instead told fans that her dog’s ears smell like “baby puppy.” She snagged 144,000 likes on that one.
In addition to her pit bull Milky, Miley Cyrus is also the owner of a pet pig named Bubba Sue. She adopted the porker when it was a wee piglet back in August 2014 and she immediately took to Instagram to proclaim her love for the petite porker. E! Online noted that Miley followed in the footsteps of other pig-owning celebs including Paris Hilton, Resse Witherspoon, and George Clooney.
Truth be told, raising the hackles of folks is almost second nature for Miley Cyrus these days. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of some offbeat shenanigans, like the recent Instagram post in which she was photographed half naked, partially festooned in shiny pink body paint and snacking on a piece of pizza while crouching under a tree. Then again, there was the time that Miley’s jaw-jacking got Nicki Minaj so peeved that Minaj called her out for a fight on live television.
“Miley, what’s good?” chided Minaj in an on-stage outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Come to think of it, Miley Cyrus never really told us what’s good despite Nicki’s rather compelling invitation to do just that. Maybe Miley is answering the question through Instagram, telling us that eating pizza in the buff and sniffing the ears of our pets are some of the secrets of a life well lived. What’s good, indeed.
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