Miley — I know you’ve said that you’re not a role model, but honestly — you’re being irresponsible, showing off a “drugs” bracelet on Instagram.
Miley Cyrus — you take pleasure in shocking, but your latest antic — modeling a “drugs” bracelet on Instagram today, March 17 — crosses the line into dangerous territory.
Miley Cyrus Needs To Stop Promoting Drug Use
You may think it’s funny to Instagram a photo of two bracelets — one saying “drugs” and the other spelling out “Mary Jane” to your 9.9 million Instagram followers, but it’s anything but humorous. You have millions of young fans. Many are teens and some are still tweens. Whether you believe that you aren’t a role model is immaterial. Your fans still admire and follow what you say and do.
You’ve long been a public fan of marijuana, wearing a marijuana-patterned bodysuit on stage on your Bangerz tour, and you’ve made all kinds of comments in the last couple of years about “Mary Jane.” “I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana—people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don’t care. I’ve seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I’ve never seen that happen with weed,” you told Rolling Stone in Sept. 2013.
Then, when you accepted the award for Best Video at the European Music Awards (EMAs) on Nov. 10, 2013, you pulled a joint out of your purse on stage and began smoking it. Later, you explained that you thought it was really “funny.”
“I just did it mostly because I knew the fans in Amsterdam would love it and they started going crazy when I did it,” you told UK’s Capital FM in a radio interview on Nov. 13, 2013.
Miley Cyrus: Drug Use Is Not Funny
Well, Miley — that’s exactly why you are wearing marijuana-patterned clothes and Instagramming “drugs” bracelets — you think it’s funny.
But illegal drug use is not a laughing matter. Almost 24 million Americans, 12 and over, used an illicit drug or abused a prescription medication every month in 2012, according to the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
About 22 million Americans are addicts! Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teens — and your fans are teens! Addiction is a health and life-threatening disease which destroys lives and families.
Miley, you may be able to handle your own marijuana use — keeping it recreational and within your own control. But many others are not so lucky. They are born with an addictive gene and when they try drugs — especially when young — they spiral out of control.
That’s why — role model or not — you need to stop promoting drugs for fun, and to start behaving responsibly. You’re 21 and mature enough to see beyond the thrill of just trying to get a rise out of people.
You have so much singing and songwriting talent. You don’t need to seek attention by posting silly “drugs” bracelet pictures on Instagram.
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Should Miley stop promoting drugs? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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