Leaving everyone far from speechless, the video of Miley Cyrus‘s recent attack in Barcelona has sparked global outrage. While many found the attack appalling, some took to social media to blame Cyrus herself for what happened. And their slut-shaming remarks are nearly as cringy as the video itself.
Yet, the 26 year old star has recently addressed the situation in a praise-worthy way, taking to social media to talk about slut-shaming and the importance of consent. It’s obvious Cyrus is not afraid to call out bullshit when she sees it. And I’m so here for it.
First off, if you haven’t seen the video, just know it’s bloody disgusting. The fan-shot video shows Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus holding hands (like the cute-ass married couple they are). Yet, just moments after walking hand-in-hand from their Barcelona hotel, Miley is attacked.
The video shows a man latching on to Cyrus’s hair, aggressively yanking her towards him while leaning in for a kiss. I mean, it’s fucking gross. Cyrus evaded the attack on her own, running in front of Hemsworth for security.
In response to slut shaming comments, Cyrus shared the video of her attack on her Instagram and Twitter. She struck slut shaming down with the power of a wrecking ball. To do so, she unapologetically used the victim blaming comments made by some to address how shitty victim blaming is.
— Ashley O (@MileyCyrus) June 4, 2019
However, she didn’t stop at just one statement. She went on to say this:
“She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with five different people. She can be with her husband. She can be with her girlfriend. She can be naked. She CAN’T be grabbed without her consent.”
Also, Cyrus used #DontFuckWithMyFreedom in reference to her new song ‘Mother’s Daughter’ from her latest EP She is Coming. From her lyrics to her social media, she’s preaching women’s empowerment.
First of all, I think Cyrus’s response is beyond correct. The world for women is a scary place. As a result, women shrink their sexuality out of justified fear. Yet being a prude is also a notable offense.
Above all, the problem here is those perpetuating attacks. I find slut-shaming and victim blaming to be absolutely inconceivable at this point. It’s 2019 and people still hold a woman’s wardrobe accountable for their worthiness of sexual violence. Which, as Cyrus has pointed out beautifully, is not the fucking problem.
Miley Cyrus is currently (and deservedly) a female sexual empowerment icon. From swinging naked on a wrecking ball to selling condoms on her website, she’s far from bashful when it comes to sexuality.
Cyrus is pushing the limits of what’s “acceptable” for women. She’s making people uncomfortable in a way that’s comfortable for her. She’s married, yet she’s sexually empowering. Most importantly, she’s using her platform to stress the importance of consent in a positive way.
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