Is Miley Cyrus Gay?

The Twitter exchange and lessons learned

Miley's new cut (photos courtesy of Twitter)

Miley Cyrus has been a fixture lately in Philly as her fiance Liam Hemsworth films Paranoia around town with Harrison Ford. She’s been spotted everywhere from Rittenhouse Square to Philadelphia AIDS Thrift with her new short, blonde, and oh-so Robin-esque ‘do. But while Philly is on “Miley Watch,” Twitter blew up recently when bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood joked that Miley is looking way gay lately.

“I called it! Miley Cyrus is leaning toward gay,” the 24-year-old actress tweeted about Cyrus, 19.

While Cyrus was cool with the tweet – she wrote to Wood, “Well said,” and “Let’s be friends” – a few dedicated followers of the Disney star started a backlash against Wood over the “accusation.” It prompted the actress to follow up with an explanation about why she was joking, why she doesn’t believe the short hair stereotypes and, well, read for yourself in this series of tweets (original punctuation and grammar included):

Ok. To be clear. I believe you should be able to joke and have a sense of humor about everything. And i hate explaining, but just to be clear, i dont judge people on how they look. Nor do i associate a hair style with sexuality. I myself am bisexual and have always “joked” about miley giving me gay vibes. Not a bad thing! Just an observation. So i “joked” when she cut her hair that it supported my case. But, i am not so close minded or into stereotypes or labeling. It was a joke. Period. could care less what gender she was attracted to. But dont hate me for supporting her in whatever She chooses. Its all fine by me. That is all.

Evan Rachel Wood

We have to hand it to both young stars who managed to rise above the criticism. We love Cyrus for always standing up for LGBT rights (she’s tweeted many pro-gay messages in the past two years) and for not buying into silly stereotypes. She reminds us that being “accused” of being “gay” is never a bad thing. Her reaction was more mature than many people double, even triple, her age!

And Wood – whose admitted she’s bisexual – hardly seems to be attacking anyone for being gay (or not). She, too, remind us of what a younger generation is all about – that a gay joke isn’t recipe for backlash when being gay isn’t such a big deal. And while Twitter gets a lot of stars into trouble (hello, Alec Baldwin), in this case, the two young women proved that there’s nothing wrong with a little levity in the face of adversity. And that sometimes a hair cut is just a hair cut.