God, people suck sometimes.
This statement could really be applied to any number of situations, but we're choosing to focus for the moment on a recent incident that involved Miley Cyrus...
... as well as the social media response to said incident.
First, what transpired:
Following a performance in Barcelona this week, Miley was making her way through a crowd when an overzealous fan lept out, kissed Cyrus, grabbed Cyrus and crossed pretty much very line in interacting with her.
The inappropriate interaction went viral, both in the United States and abroad.
You can see it for yourself here:
At one point, Miley herself shared a clip of a news broadcast posting the footage, writing a forceful caption along with it that reads:
She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with 5 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. #DontFuckWithMyFreedom.
This seems rather obvious, right?
What a woman wears and/or how a woman chooses to act does not mean that she ever deserves to be touched or fondled without her consent.
Somehow, though, this seemingly obvious statement is not obvious to many dumb social media users out there.
As you can see above, there's a contingent of individuals who think that Cyrus can't complain about some stranger groping her body simply because she has worn some risque outfits on stage.
"What do they expect when they dress like whores," someone named Maryann Martin actually wrote on Twitter.
Thankfully, Cyrus put critics such as this directly in their place by clapping back in response:
Don’t fuck with my freedom. #stillnotaskingforit.
It's sad that Cyrus even has to say this, but let's just hope those insensitive and ignorant trolls have now received her message -- loud and clear.
Cyrus released her new EP, She Is Coming, last week, and stars in the latest episode of the Netflix series Black Mirror, which launches today.
She's been in the news of late for both of these projects ...
... and also for throwing her support behind abortion rights, recently announcing a charity fashion project involving her, designer Marc Jacobs, LGBT and homelessness charity Happy Hippie foundation, along Planned Parenthood.
The artist launched and then promoted the initiative by posting an image of herself eating a cake featuring the words “Abortion is healthcare."
She's also selling sweatshirts for this cause that feature her topless torso, nipples only covered by a piece of fruit:
Too lewd? Too naked? Too... weird?
You're very welcome to think all of these things.
You just aren't welcome to lay your hands on Miley without her consent. Not ever.