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Miley Cyrus Attack; PA Gov Gay Marriage Like Incest

Miley Cyrus Attack

Update below *

I’ve been following the online flame war between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Conner since it started. And the reason why I titled this part of the post the way I did is because it’s been reported that Miley Cyrus was allegedly attacked first by Sinead O’Conner, out of the blue, without any provocation. She who throws the first punch is considered the attacker.

Sinead O’Conner wrote and open letter of I guess what you could call advice to Miley Cyrus, and Cyrus replied to that unsolicited, insulting advice on twitter the way most normal people would have replied.

This is part of what O’Conner wrote in the first unsolicited open letter to Cyrus:

O’Connor writes that she is “extremely concerned” that Miley believes it is “in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”

You can read more here, where there’s another link to the open letter written by O’Conner.

In response, Miley Cyrus tweeted a few things Ms. O’Conner didn’t appreciate.

Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week.

So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. 🙂

Miley Cyrus also tweeted about a past incident involving Sinead O’Conner.

Then Sinead O’Conner went on this epic rant on Facebook:

 Miley… Really? Who the f*&k is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f*&kin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help….

More here…

Update * O’Conner issued yet another open letter: “Miley, I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you,” O’Connor wrote in a third open letter posted on Oct. 4. “You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes … an entirely innocent party … and myself … who also did nothing to deserve your abuse, along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests.”

I went to 12 years of Catholic school and never suffered one day of abuse from a Catholic priest. I’m not fond of the way the Pope feels about gay people, however, I also know plenty of good practicing Catholics, priests and nuns included, who are very supportive of gay people. The majority of Catholics I know are good, decent, liberal people who do the best they can.  

O’Connor wrote: “When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I’ll be happy to visit you … and would not lower myself to mock you. Be a proper woman and make the public apologies.”

More here…

Unless you have actually been the online target of this type of attack mode behavior that comes from nowhere, when you least expect it, and is always unsolicited, you can’t know how it feels. One minute you’re minding your own business, the next someone you don’t know, someone you never want to know, is attacking you in writing, online and in public. And you never did a single thing to hurt them or harm them. It happened to me a few years ago by an elderly fanfic author I’d never heard of before and it floored me. So on a much smaller scale I can see why Miley Cyrus responded the way she did. If you’re out in the street and someone pushes you, your natural instinct is to push back. But if you’re online I’ve learned through experience you can’t react the same way. And the best thing to do is ignore the attacker and hope he or she gets the help they need.

The issue of mental health comes into play, and that’s a very serious issue these days. It’s especially serious when dealing with anyone online because you never know. The only thing you can do is try to figure out what motivated the attack against you, and if you can’t, you can only assume there’s some deep serious mental issue with the person who attacked you and it’s always best to just let the issue go and ignore it. If anything, you can reach out and try to help the person with the mental health issue if you are so inclined. But I think the best thing to do is just ignore them and hope they have good friends and family members around to support them with their mental health issues.

This is something we’re all going to be dealing with in the future, and I think a new set of rules needs to be applied to how we react to those who are not mentally balanced through no fault of their own. People with mental health issues can’t help themselves, and the Internet makes it all too simple for them to say and do things they normally wouldn’t say or do in public.

PA Gov Gay Marriage Like Incest

I’m posting this to show readers what we’re dealing with here in PA with regard to same sex marriage. Our illustrious governor, Tom Corbett, compared gay marriage to incest.

The Pennsylvania governor was on WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about gay marriage when an anchor asked about a statement his lawyers made in a recent court filing, comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of children because neither can legally wed in the state.
 
“It was an inappropriate analogy, you know,” Corbett said. “I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don’t you?”
 
You can read more here. But an interesting thing to note is that Corbett’s daughter is married to a man of African American descent, and her marriage wouldn’t have been legal in many states some fifty years ago. And some idiot fifty years ago could have made the same comment Corbett made about gay marriage.

I can’t help but wonder how Corbett would have felt about interracial marriage fifty years ago when many politicians like him were on the wrong side of history.

Josh and Brent Wedding Photos at Beekman 1802

I’m on the Beekman 1802 mailing list and I received their latest news this evening: they were married, had a wedding at Beekman, and they shared photos so everyone could see how they decided to do this.

From my inbox:

Well, we’ve finally gathered photos from our wedding to share with you…and we have a special video of us getting our wedding license to share. Trust us…you’re gonna be sick of of wedding news after the next month or so. Yep…we’re just like any other newly married couple: we’re gonna overshare our special day. So settle in. This newsletter is just the tip of the wedding iceberg. (We’ll put in some recipes and giveaways before the wedding video and photos, just to ease you in. )
I think a lot of LGBT couples in legal states are doing things differently after the SCOTUS ruling. Tony and I have no immediate plans yet because same sex marriage is not legal where we live…and we’re only forty-five minutes to NYC, which seems so ridiculous. I posted last week about how one town in PA started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples and the Republican Governor of PA, Tom Corbett, has already begun to challenge this as an illegal act. What is even more ironic is that Tom Corbett’s daughter and son-in-law would not have been allowed to marry years ago in some US states because they happen to be an interracial couple.

In fact, Tom Corbett is now heading a state where LGBT marriage is not legal, in spite of the fact that his own daughter and son-in-law would have suffered the same inequality in certain US states prior to 1967 when the SCOTUS ruled this unconstitutional. As of right now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not mentioned one single plan to legalize same sex marriage so that he, too, can be on the right side of history and that LGBT couples can have the same dignity as his daughter and son-in-law. So I guess we know how his legacy will go down.

Interracial marriage in the United States has been fully legal in all U.S. states since the 1967 Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, with many states choosing to legalize interracial marriage at much earlier dates.

I was out of the office today visiting family in NJ, where civil unions are legal, but marriage is not…the Governor there, Chris Christie, keeps vetoing the bill that would pass it. He’s the guy with the big mouth who likes to embarrass people in public and try to look cool. From what I’ve heard, no one is NJ is too thrilled with anything he’s doing. He’s up for reelection soon. And if the tide of opinion is turning like it’s been in every statistic I’ve read, this one issue alone could bury him. I ran into an old friend who is a lesbian and she’s moving to Delaware with her partner where she can be equal and she’s not going to be discriminated against. I know many others, and their families and friends, who plan to campaign actively against Christie in the next election just on this one issue alone. I don’t think the Republican party fully understands how they are going to look in 100 years.

However, it’s nice to see some things moving forward, and to see that some LGBT couples are enjoying equality. Here’s a link to the Beekman website where you can view all the photos. And there are a few more interesting things to check out as well.