• Fri, Aug 3 2012

I’m Concerned That Miley Cyrus Is Getting Very Thinspo-y

miley cyrus twitter picturesOh, Miley Cyrus. Miley, Miley, Miley. We need to have a talk. I think it’s really great that you’ve discovered a gluten-free diet that works for you, and that you love Pilates. And to be honest, you are looking pretty toned and strong. But girl, we need to talk about the kinds of photos you’re sending to your young, impressionable fans. Most notably, this one [which could be triggering to some, which is why I'm not posting it]. You’re getting dangerously close to thinspo territory, girl.

The photo, which was retweeted over 8,000 times and favorited about as many, has already alarmed some bloggers, who are worried that she, herself, may be taking her diet and exercise regime to a pre-wedding extreme. And it’s not her first body-shot that’s got people buzzing. But even if she’s totally fine and healthy (which all accounts still indicate that she is), there’s something more concerning about this photo: That it could and probably will be used by pro-ana and thinspo sites.

Because, while it’s totally her right to Tweet whatever photos she wants and look however she wants, there is a part of me (maybe it’s my inner mama bear, maybe it’s because I’ve spent a lot of time researching and writing about eating disorders) that has a really hard time with celebs who post or Tweet images that are just begging to be reposted to hurtful, harmful websites.

And maybe that’s not her concern. Maybe censoring herself and her Twitter account for fear of triggering young women (and men, for that matter) who may have experienced disordered eating patterns is ridiculous and pointless. After all, there are a million other thinspo pictures and Pinterest boards and Tumblrs out there, and these images are part of the more complex problem of eating disorders.

But–and this is just my opinion–I wouldn’t personally ever feel good knowing that a picture of me was being used by a teenager who was starving herself or purging.

Which of course is not to say that Miley Cyrus is single-handedly causing eating disorders, or even that Tweeting this particular image was necessarily irresponsible. But there is something to being a young teen idol that, I think, requires a second thought about what kinds of things you offer up to your fans. Particularly when they’re young, female, and living with the pressure of body perfection.

Image: WENN.com

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  • sam

    wow she looks great

  • farah

    she look’s sick. she need’s help. I feel sorry for her.

  • bluegnu63

    Three words: Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

  • Tracey

    I’m getting so tired of the thinspo and pro-ana controversies crying “infringement on free speech!” It’s not about free speech, it’s about decency. It’s the same argument of why it’s not acceptable to call people awful slurs like “faggot and nigger”. People always argue for free speech when they’re called out on these issues and say that people are too sensitive. In reality, they’re the ones that are sensitive because if they’re wrong, THEY are the ones that have to change their ways. They want to be able to do whatever they want, but they can’t take the consequences.

  • Wren

    Wait, you think that thin people should stop taking pictures of themselves just in case someone feels bad about themselves after seeing them? Whats next telling her to wear loose clothes when she leaves the house just in case she “triggers” someone?

  • XTR710

    Myley is chubby. Don’t worry. No one is inspiring to be fat like her.