Miley Cyrus is facing swift backlash for some questionable comments she made on her Instagram story over the weekend about being gay.
“I just always thought I had to be gay because all guys are evil, but it’s not true,” she said, referring to her current coupling with Cody Simpson. “You don’t have to be gay, there are good people with d*cks out there – you’ve just got to find them.”
She added: “I’ve only met one,” an apparent swipe at ex-husband Liam Hemsworth.
"I always thought I had to be gay because I thought, all guys were evil but it’s not true" – Miley Cyrus pic.twitter.com/23RBA8QBug
— MTV UK (@MTVUK) October 21, 2019
While she was clearly joking, the Twitterverse lit up with criticism that the singer was perpetuating the very real and damaging myth that being gay is a choice.
Miley Cyrus just told people on Instagram that "you don't have to be gay." So there you have it. The dumbest thing she's ever said. pic.twitter.com/Y7bq9VACEI
— One Rae Only (@konstantly_Rae) October 21, 2019
Miley Cyrus saying ‘you don’t have to be gay there’s good dick out there’ is so fucking problematic that I’m pissed off most of you out there can’t see that.
— .name. (@infinityfaces) October 21, 2019
Miley Cyrus is a JOKE! Telling woman they don't have to be gay that they just have to "find the right dick"! Miley you washed up hasbeen, it don't work like that idiot. And her boyfriend Cody Simpson just sat there & laughed & agreed. Another hasbeen. pic.twitter.com/VJyxzOHdlW
— Joey? (@Mindflayyerr) October 21, 2019
It's narratives like that that fuel conversion therapies where they force you to look at other genders because they believe "it's a choice" and they're teaching you to make the right bread choice for life, clit size or baguette.
Disgusting narrative. WTF @MileyCyrus?
— KodySage (@KodySage) October 21, 2019
Miley, this is so not it. Women don’t “have to be gay” because they “can’t find a good person with a d*ck”.
Don’t use the queer community as a stop-gap because you couldn’t find a boyfriend.
People aren’t queer because they “gave up” on men.
This is so insulting. pic.twitter.com/lAzcEjHRcB
— Rosie Percy (@rosiepercy) October 21, 2019
I’m sorry. I’m confused. Did @MileyCyrus really say that she thought she had to be gay because there weren’t any good guys out there? Is she saying she was choosing to be gay? This statement is extremely harmful if true and I hope she clarifies it. pic.twitter.com/3SrRXp55TT
— Allison Eyres (@allisoneyres) October 21, 2019
In February, Cyrus told Elle that she identifies as “a queer person.”
“I’m in a hetero relationship, but I still am very sexually attracted to women,” she said.