Here’s a hint: It’s not Billy Ray Cyrus.
Read on to have your social justice puzzle of the day solved…
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 2, 2012
That pin is kind of awesome, dontcha think? Miley Cyrus tweeted for change via this pic a couple of days ago and I’m curious to know what you guys think. Some of us love when celebs publicly declare their support for a worthy cause, but others prefer their celebs slightly more apolitical. Although, you could argue that Miley‘s pin is more social than political.
Either way, I like the idea that Miley expresses with the pin– that homophobic thinking is not a singular act but a condition that can be passed around, and so affects an entire community. This makes sense considering that we are all products of our environments, to a great extent. We define ourselves with or against the messages around us. Which is why you have whole communities (religious or otherwise) that teach, promote, and spread homophobia.
Miley‘s act is a small one, but then again– maybe there are no small acts. When I lived in North Carolina for a little while I had a grand ol’ time walking out on many-a church sermon when the pastor inevitably got to the gay-bashing part. I grew up Baptist but found the Southern Baptists a wee bit um… zealous for my tastes– at least in the few churches I attended. Now I’m all about spiritual fervor, but like, the loving kind. I would find myself enjoying a good sermon right up until the part where the pastor either subtly or not-so-subtly declared all things gay as sinful and filthy. And then I’d walk out, and would usually be waiting outside for a friend or family member who had been less offended.
I guess I’d like to think that my small act led to something good, if only a greater sense of conviction on my own part.
Comment me– is Miley‘s pin just a pin or a small act of something? And speaking of awesome pins that I want, a college friend of mine had a pin that said, “I’d rather be making babies.” One million dollars to the person who can find me that pin. Thanks guys.
Also, Miley‘s got some great twit pics. About 75% of them are of her new dog, Happy. Melissa told you guys about their adorably unsanitary make-out sesh a few weeks back. Check out the gallery for some more of Babygirl Billy Ray‘s twitter fun: