Fans can’t stop, won’t stop slamming Miley Cyrus online. The “Wrecking Ball” songstress, 26, took to Instagram on Tuesday, April 2, to share photos of herself posing on “delicate” Joshua trees in California, and people are pissed.
It didn’t take long, however, for thousands of comments so start pouring in. “Omg please stop posting these! Joshua trees are delicate, endangered and protected by state law! They are not for climbing,” one user fumed, while another chimed in, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
A third and fourth added that many look up to the pop star. “This is illegal and harmful to the fragile ancient trees. People look up to you and this just encourages people to destroy nature. Please take it down,” they wrote, and, “I love you, but get off the damn yucca. They can’t sustain heavy weight, and your platform tells people it’s OK to get on trees. Our national parks are doomed.”
In a statement from the Mojave Desert Land Trust, Executive Director Geary Hund said Joshua trees have a shallow root system and that additional weight can damage tree branches.
“We ask that Miley Cyrus consider her status as a public figure and remove this photo from her social media accounts in order to educate others and to prevent potential damage to Joshua trees,” he told the Desert Sun.
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Joshua Tree National Park spokesman George Land added, “We know that Miley visits the park occasionally. We’re not sure where that tree was (including if it was in the park).” He continued, “While we would appreciate it that people would respect the fact that desert vegetation is a little bit fragile at times, we don’t want to incite people to carry out some kind of threat against Miley Cyrus, or anybody else that would do that. We would just remind her that she has a big following, people watch what she does and it would be greatly appreciated by the Park Service and the people around the area if she would maybe curb that type of activity, especially posting it on her social media page.”
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