Miley Cyrus angers health support charity after saying she sticks out her tongue because she 'keeps having mini-strokes'
The singer's latest controversial comments have now come to the attention of the UK's Stroke Association
The Stroke Association has responded after controversial pop sensation Miley Cyrus joked that she only stuck out her tongue so much because she “kept having mini-strokes”.
The singer made the comment to a lukewarm reception while presenting Saturday Night Live, during which she also featured in pre-recorded parody sketches which made light of her much-discussed “twerking” performance at the VMA awards alongside Robin Thicke, and mocked Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
One user on Twitter called the reference to strokes a “cruel joke”, while another warned Ms Cyrus that “strokes affect people your age, too”.
Today, the head of campaigns and policy at the Stroke Association Patrick Olszowski said: “Having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter.
“Around 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke (Transient Ischaemic Attack) each year, with one in ten leading to a major stroke.
“Sticking out your tongue is not a sign of having a stroke… Having a stroke is a serious medical emergency. With the right care and support, as well as compassion from those around them, people can make fantastic recoveries.”
In addition to “mini-strokes”, the charity also said that around 150,000 people have a full stroke every year in the UK, and that it is the leading cause of severe adult disability.
The reaction comes after British mental health charities also criticised Ms Cyrus for her heated public exchange with fellow singer Sinead O’Connor, in which she appeared to make light of mental illness.
And after Prime Minister David Cameron admitted that his children were fans of Ms Cyrus’s TV character Hannah Montana, but that he was worried the performer herself was not a good role model, Ms Cyrus said on Saturday Night Live that the character was not coming back.
“But I can give you an update of what [Hannah’s] up to,“ Ms Cyrus said. “She was murdered.”
A former Disney actor, the comments are just the latest in a string of appearances seemingly designed to shed her squeaky-clean, child-friendly image.
Speaking on the topic of the VMA performance, she said: “I got a lot of letters from angry mothers, turned-on fathers…
“But there will be no twerking tonight. I used to think it was cool but now that all the white people are doing it, it seems kind of lame.”
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 3 Bill Cosby: Isn’t it obvious why his accusers have stayed silent up until now?
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict
£30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Exciting career opportunity to join East...
£18000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious start-up company b...
VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Do you love the Engl...