Miley Cyrus has once again felt the dark side of Twitter.
In the latest instance of people taking everything said by teenagers on the Internet way too seriously, Cyrus tweeted a photo of theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, which also contained a quote from Krauss about the origins of matter.
Krauss says that the particles that make up the human body all came from destroyed stars, and he presents his case poetically with the following quote (which was also a part of Cyrus’ tweet): “You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, all the things that matter for evolution) weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in stars. So forget Jesus. Stars died so you can live.”
That’s the sort of vaguely controversial thing you find in most every high school yearbook, but the statement really rankled many of Cyrus’ Twitter followers—specifically those who took profound offense to the “forget Jesus” part of the quote. “You seriously believe that crap? It’s so ridiculously stupid. Go to hell,” one person tweeted at her, while another added, “So are you no longer a Christian? Forget Jesus??? Seriously? What has happened to you out there in the famous world? What????”
This comes only a week or so after Cyrus received death threats on Twitter, to which she responded, “I wont tolerate someone telling me 2 die. I think Twitter needs to take some responsibility and make it a safe environment!” Though Cyrus did not formally address the reactions to the Krauss quote, she did later tweet, “We could all: Love More.”
She also re-tweeted the news about governor of Maryland signing a marriage rights bill into law (which similarly had to have rankled the fundamentalists who keep Cyrus in their feeds), and also noted, “God I LOVE Kid Rock. Bawitdaba” (which had to have excited Mitt Romney).
Though she has been held up as a paragon of Christian values at various points in her career, Cyrus’ actual faith seems like the same sort of all-love hodgepodge that tends to come from 19-year-olds with possibly illicit hobbies (she does quote Buddha at the top of her Twitter page, after all).
What’s your take? Is this a tempest in a tea pot, or should Twitter be better about policing threats and hate speech? Or should Cyrus follow her own advice from two years ago and get off Twitter entirely?
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