Miley Cyrus is responding to the backlash she received for a lengthy Instagram post regarding the November 5 shooting inside a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, that left 26 people dead. Miley got extremely candid in her response to the massacre on the site on November 6 and even claimed that the U.S. is “backwards,” which inspired some very mixed responses from her fans.
After hearing the news of yet another mass shooting, Cyrus wrote on the social media site this week that her “dreams have become nightmares” as she described the horrific shooting as “a TERRORIST act by a WHITE AMERICAN MAN!”
Continuing, in part, that she had been left feeling “heartbroken,” “embarrassed,” and “mortified by our country & its s****y system,” she called for stricter gun laws and said that she was hopeful that “the eyes of the ignorant will open and realize that (gun) VIOLENCE has to stop!” before then signing off her lengthy message with the hashtags #F***Guns and #F***Violence.
While a number of her followers supported The Voice Season 13 coach’s call for stricter gun laws in the U.S., Cyrus was also met with a wave of criticism and backlash, which she then addressed in another lengthy post shortly after.
After noticing that she was being called out by a number of Instagram users who responded with outrage at her comments regarding gun laws in the U.S., Miley then posted another message to the social media site in which she called out President Donald Trump and admitted that she was “aghast” by the reaction her previous post got.
“I am sorry Donald Trump this absolutely is a ‘GUNS SITUATION,'” the “Malibu” singer wrote of Trump’s response to the shooting in Texas, adding that she found it “completely amazing to me how defensive and in denial this country really is!”
Miley then claimed that those who called her out for her previous comments were “not focused on the horrific tragedy” but claimed that they were instead “angered” by the fact that she shone “a BIG bright spotlight on the fact it was a ‘WHITE AMERICAN MALE’ terrorist.”
Cyrus, who vowed to leave the U.S. if Trump was elected and broke down in tears in a video posted to social media following the election results, then continued by referencing the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton last year.
“All of a sudden…. ‘we are all equal,’ ‘human is human,’ ‘skin color doesn’t matter,’ ‘makes no difference if they were male or female’ BUT those things absolutely matter when someone completely legitimate is running for president (versus someone who isn’t),” Miley added, referring to Clinton and Trump.
“NOW it doesn’t matter if someone is a man or woman? Well that’s news to me,” Miley then continued in her very lengthy post, which was uploaded to her official Instagram account just hours after the latest mass shooting left 26 people dead. “Gender, race, & religion HAS and continues to matter for all the wrong reasons & that’s only the beginning of how backwards this country is!”
Cyrus then continued to call out those who criticized her previous post about gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Texas on the social media site, claiming that they were more worried about themselves than the victims of the recent attacks on U.S. soil.
“All of you are so focused on protecting yourself, you’ve completely forgotten that you’re not the only one that has to live in this country or on this planet! Aren’t you exhausted?” Miley asked. “I am f***ing sick and tired of starting everyday with tears and in mourning! Let’s unite! Trump never needed to build a wall for us, we’ve done it ourselves! Love!”
Miley then posted screen captures of the same messages to her Twitter page on November 6, where they received a combined 24,000 likes and more than 6,500 retweets.
Cyrus continued to defend her position even further by posting a few photos of some of her favorite white males, including her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and her two brothers, Trace and Braison Cyrus, to Instagram. She explained that she refuses to stereotype or generalize people and urged her followers to do the same.
What do you think of Miley Cyrus’s controversial response to the Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting and her subsequent hit back at the haters who called her out for her initial post?
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