Even though this was something everyone should have agreed was uncalled for, people were blaming Miley Cyrus, saying she asked for it because the way she dressed probably provoked the man.
Earlier this week, there were videos on the internet that showed a man trying to hug and kiss Miley Cyrus as she was walking with her husband Liam Hemsworth to their car from their hotel in Barcelona, Spain. Luckily, Cyrus's security managed to pull him away from her and her doting husband shielded her and took her to safety. This was assault, plain and simple. Even though this was something everyone should have agreed was uncalled for, people were blaming Miley Cyrus, saying she asked for it because the way she dressed probably provoked the man.
The video saw a lot of comments but a user named Lynn Sejevick commented on what looked like Facebook: You wanted to be "sexy", what did you expect? This was not the worst of it. Another user, named Maryann Martin wrote, Well what do they expect when they dress like whores? The saddest part about all of this is that these are women shaming another young woman, one who is incredibly talented, for the clothes she chooses to wear.
But, Miley Cyrus has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind or doing what she really feels comfortable doing. She retaliated with two different tweets. In one, she shared a video, with a clip of the assault and a panel discussion and wrote: 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.
She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with 5 different people.— Ashley O (@MileyCyrus) June 4, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/hBDzuflKF1
Then, she shared another tweet with all the mean and derogatory comments about her choice of clothes and wrote: Don’t fuck with my freedom. #stillnotaskingforit. It's 2019 and people still don't seem to have the freedom to wear what they want to without asking for it. People were swift to come to her support and say she did nothing wrong and it was that guy's fault for doing what he did.
A user named Lasey Lima commented: 2 women saying “what would you expect” when referring to how another woman was dressed as she got groped. seriously sickening how the patriarchy still controls the mind of those it’s meant to hurt and belittle, especially in the generations prior to millennials. Another user @holherth added: Girl was literally wearing a cut off crop top and mid rise jeans lol, didn’t realize casual wear was sexy.
@jennybunny52 added: Still don’t know why this is still so hard for some people to understand. What you wear doesn’t give anyone consent to touch you. The only one at fault is the dude who couldn’t keep his filthy hands to himself, not you or anyone else. I’m so sorry that happened to you! Holly Brown commented: You have the right not to be grabbed. Sorry, it happened to you and sorry that other's want to blame you, it's the woman's fault the poor guy how can he not, BECAUSE WE TEACH THEM TO BE HUMANS NOT ANIMALS.
A lot of celebrities keep mum and hope an issue blows over with time, but we have to start somewhere. The sooner people themselves start addressing what's right and what's not, the earlier others realize it. It's high time you start creating a safe space for yourself, because no one else will, and the sooner you do it, the better it is for you. Say no to being shamed for the clothes you choose to wear. Your body, your rights.