Some fans aren’t happy with the way Miley Cyrus reacted following the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Following the tragedy, which left 26 dead and numerous injured, the “Malibu” singer took to her Instagram to express her views on gun control in the United States.
“My dreams have become nightmares & those nightmares, reality … This isn’t fair, this isn’t right, this isn’t just, this isn’t human! This is a TERRORIST act by a WHITE AMERICAN MAN!,” she wrote, quoting lyrics from her song “Bad Mood” to encapsulate her feelings. “I am heartbroken & embarrassed. Mortified by our country & its shitty system, lack of control/laws! This does NOT HAVE or NEED to happen! It’s devastatingly disgusting!”
This is exactly why the lyrics of Bad Mood were so important for me to share on a major platform. I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that every day we are waking up to more terrifyingly painful information that makes it nearly impossible to feel optimistic that things are going to change! They say it gets worst before it gets better in some cases & I wish on every star that this is the worst of it! I continue to be hopeful that enough is enough and the eyes of the ignorant will open and realize that (gun) VIOLENCE has to stop!
Though many fans praised the 24-year-old for speaking out, a few took offense to the fact that she singled out the shooter — identified as Devin Patrick Kelley — as a white man. “Why can’t we just stop stereotyping in general??” one person commented. “Don’t say ‘some white people stereotype, so I’m gonna stereotype all of white people.’ Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Amid the backlash, Miley felt compelled to comment again, writing:
“I am aghast by the reaction of my latest post, it is completely amazing to me how defensive and in denial this country really is! You are not focused on the horrific tragedy I addressed but more angered that I am putting a BIG bright spotlight on the fact it was a ‘WHITE AMERICAN MALE’ terrorist that walked in & killed 26 people (including children) leaving 20 severely injured ! All of a sudden …. ‘ we are all equal ‘ ‘human is human’ ‘skin color doesn’t matter ‘ (NOW neither does gender) ‘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) , when a car runs over innocent people while professing their love to a GOD different from yours , it sure matters to the cops when they beat or even kill innocent people of color , it even matters at the airport/on an airplane or in immigration when folks are completely profiled & judged for their background . NOW it doesn’t matter if someone is a man or woman?”
The Disney Channel alum then went on to explain she’s not discriminating against white men — but rather, is pointing out the double standard of how the media tends to focus on race when people of color commit crimes — by posting a slideshow of people she deem as “good white men.” The people included her father Billy Ray Cyrus and brother Trace Cyrus.
“I do NOT & refuse to generalize or stereotype! Facts are Facts,” she wrote. “You are all correct to believe every human deserves the same respect …. but please keep that in mind when you’re judging others. NOT just with the race , religion , gender , or sexuality which YOU identify with. Deal?”