During a recent public relations stunt, pop singer Miley Cyrus climbed onto trees in Joshua Tree National Park and posed with the national treasures. However, Miley Cyrus completely disregarded public opinion when she jumped onto the sacred trees and used them for the images. This is not the first time a celebrity has violated nature for personal gain. Vanessa Hudgens did it in Arizona after she was fined $1,000 for “defacing” a rock with the words “Vanessa + Austin.”
Now Miley Cyrus has come under similar heat for climbing onto the yucca trees at the beautiful national park for the photo opportunity.
Fans and haters alike slammed Cyrus for abusing the yucca trees for her photo shoot. They contributed hundreds of comments including the following. They range from love to hate to acceptance to regret to a call to action to protect America’s nature and national park.
“I love you, but get off the damn yucca. They can’t sustain heavyweight, and your platform tells people it’s okay to get on trees. Our national parks are doomed.”
“Do not climb Joshua trees. It is incredibly damaging to them. As a public figure, it is your responsibility to set a good example to your followers so we can preserve these trees for generations to come.”
“Don’t do this. Joshua trees are dying out because of their fragility, and folks climbing on them isn’t helping curb that. Delete this before more damage is done.”
Because Miley Cyrus sparked controversy by sitting atop the branches of a delicate yucca tree, people wanted her to know that they thought she was wrong and better stop doing what she was doing.
“You should take this down. You are encouraging people to walk and climb all over the beautiful Joshua Tree, that are trying to recover from many things. People will do whatever you do, so please be more responsible with your actions and your posts.”
It’s true. Celebrities influence people. Fans buy the same products as them. They buy the same books. They listen to the same music. It’s important for celebrities to try to be a positive role model because young people, especially when it comes to stars like Miley Cyrus, would follow them off a cliff.
“Girl, this is a Joshua Tree. They have a shallow root system and are also endangered. Climbing on them is illegal because it harms the roof system. You should remove this post as to not communicate to your followers that this is okay.”
Even the officials in charge of Joshua Tree National Park hit Miley Cyrus with a tweet.
“Joshua trees are not your typical ‘tree’-they’re actually more closely related to grasses and orchids than hardwood trees (oak or cedar). They have thin, shallow roots & can’t support weight w/o damage. Keep admiring & loving on our amazing Joshua trees, from the ground! <3”
Fans agree. They may love Miley Cyrus and her music, but they want her to stop damaging some of the most unique “trees” in the United States.
What do you think?