Published on The Daily Femme – Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Contributed by Annamarya
If you haven’t heard by now, Miley Cyrus is officially super awesome.
On Friday, the young singer/actress/entrepreneur not only tweeted (above) anti-Urban Outfitters sentiments in response to their penchant for stealing artists’ work, but for also contributing a large sum to Rick Santorum and his Political Action Committee over the years ($13,150 to be exact). If you’re not sure who Santorum is, he is the radically homophobic, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-anything resembling tolerance former Republican senator of Pennsylvania whoalso inspired the “santorum” sexual neologism, coined by syndicated columnist and activist Dan Savage. In the Twitter words of Miley about Urban Outfitters:
“Not only do they steal from artists but every time you give them money you help finance a campaign against gay equality…’If we allow gay marriage next thing u know people will be marrying gold fish’ – Rick Santorum UO contributed $13,000 to this mans [sic] campaign.”
I’m not surprised that Miley tweeted any of this. As one blogger points out, she has been outspoken in support for LGBTQ rights for years now, even penning a song, “My Heart Beats for Love,” about the importance of equality. What I am more surprised by, however, is the overall reaction to her tweets. It’s as if this 18-year-old girl from Tennessee is just expected to be nothing but this bubbly, coming-of-age entertainer that can’t think beyond her next paycheck or photo shoot. I’m not sure if it’s because of her youth, her choice of musical genre, or her place-of-origin, but it’s unfair to her–and other young, intelligent girls in the entertainment industry–to think they can’t be activists because of their entertainment persona.