Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter” song is back in the news – SHE IS COMING‘s first track released its music video earlier this month. As The Daily Mail reports on July 10, the acceptance-based video is sparking outrage.
Negative feedback to a size-friendly Instagram post made by Miley has already been documented by The Inquisitr. It looks like the storm has gone up a notch, though. While The Inquisitr‘s report chronicled mass slamming of a single social media post featuring a naked and medically obese woman alongside an empowering caption, The Daily Mail‘s report is seeing the 26-year-old singer probed for the woman appearing in the video.
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“I've always been a fighter. Maybe not always in the most productive way, but fighting for myself, a friend or even for a stranger who is being bullied has always been a part of my personality. Fat acceptance is based on the notion that all fat people, regardless of health, deserve respect. And it's a battle that is fought every day by thousands, including myself. Social media's accessibility allows us to peek in on others living their lives, but too often the conversation turns negative when there are fat bodies involved. People just love to leave awful comments on fat folks photos in order to feel superior and I promise you, not one of these commenters actually cares about the health, family, environment or whatever bullshit reason they give for their vile behavior towards a fat person. And really, how in the hell does health matter in the context of someone just posting a photo of themselves feeling happy and confident? (HINT: it doesn't matter, stop pretending like it does) Next time you see a fat person posting pictures of themselves living their life, stop and ask yourself why you wish to spoil their joy. I guarantee that you can't come up with a valid reason that isn't based in your own ego gratification. Stop it and do better! We humans have a lot to learn, but we can start by fighting our personal biases and permitting people of all genders, races, sexualities, sizes, abilities and health levels to live harassment-free lives. Don't fuck with their freedom to feel happy and beautiful right now, not just when society says it’s ok.” – Angelina Duplisea @anactingangel
The issue circles around one of the individuals Miley chose to feature in “Mother’s Daughter.” Angelina Duplisea appears early in the video. “She got the power” is sung as the camera films Angelina fully nude and fanning herself. Her medically obese BMI is clearly visible.
Irish influencer Pamela Umeh has taken to Twitter to slam this part of the video. Her words were retweeted over 50,000 times.
“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”
The Daily Mail further reported individuals taking to social media in agreement with Pamela. The newspaper described the consensus behind the backlash as Miley “glorifying” obesity. Among the tweets voicing concern for what Angelina’s feature might be promoting, one user pointed out the extent to which Angelina is obese.
“Should be said that this is MORBID obesity not just ordinary obesity. One can be healthy and technically obese but there is now [sic] way to be healthy and morbidly obese”
From an objective stance, the user has a point. Beautiful as Angelina is, her body is one that would likely spark concern from any physician. A person of this size facing a doctor would probably be informed that they face a shortened life unless they lower their weight to a healthier BMI.
The social media storm did not, however, appear exclusively one-sided. Users taking other sides lashed out that Pamela was being “fatphobic.” Many took to Twitter to back Angelina alongside endorsing the exposure of “diverse” body sizes.
Miley’s video features other individuals who do not conform to societal norms. They include a black and transgender individual in a wheelchair. The video has sparked separate controversies for its overly heightened sexual themes. It has, however, also proven well-received on account of its modern-day thinking.