Sigh. I sure hope she’s not. But if Miley is a cutter and the pictures reveal that there is that possibility, why cause more damage and post them? Why shame her by saying she is doing it for attention? (Are you kidding me?) It’s an invasion of privacy, none of our business, and could simply just be untrue.
It’s easy to accuse someone of being “emo” or to accuse a child star of being an “attention whore” when suspicious cuts appear because it’s good gossip. However, it is not socially responsible, helpful, or a true assessment of what’s going on.
Self-harming is essentially an addiction to a (negative) kind of coping. Cutting may help you deal with pressure, failures, and angst in the moment, but it doesn’t help you deal in the long term. Still, if people self-harm because they are already in pain, then fresh scars are an indicator–a big red flag–saying: this person is in deep pain. How can we justify publicizing someone else’s pain? I mean, did we forget how bad Demi Lovato struggled with her own self-harming?
Not to mention, there are plenty of young people who look up to Miley as a role model and as someone to emulate. If they’re also having a difficult time coping they may see this as a reasonable way to deal if she’s doing it too. A good friend of mine in high school began cutting after seeing Ellie on Degrassi: The Next Generation do it. Even though the show made it clear that it wasn’t the best way to cope, just seeing that it was even an option triggered her into doing it. I’m not blaming the show and certainly not Miley for encouraging cutting, I am just saying it’s a delicate subject and people can be influenced by the characters and stars they look up to.
Having the pictures out there is just not good for anybody.
What Miley needs isn’t photographs announcing her self-harm to the world, it’s support from her loved ones and maybe help from a professional. I can only hope that the rumors aren’t true, but if they are, could we just lay off?
Do you think it’s OK to post pictures of Miley’s possible cuts? Let us know in the comments!