Miley Cyrus v. Syria

Ira Pace
Editor in Chief

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What happened when Miley Cyrus twerked on national television? What happened when Syria released a chemical weapon on its own people?

The trend shows Miley’s actions are more infamous than the attacks carried out by Bashar al-Assad’s government. Emily Nicolas, nursing major at USC Upstate, commented on the Video Music Awards performance and said, “I liked it, but it could have been a little less raunchy.” On Syria, Nicolas said, “What’s going on in Syria?” A second USC Upstate student, Brandy Wardlaw, nursing major, added, “It was a different experience because it was not the Miley I grew up watching.” On the Syrian conflict Nicolas explained, “I don’t know what’s going on in Syria, seriously. What is going on in Syria?”

Does this mean pop-culture events have taken more importance than the injustices the United States has claimed Syria committed?

Miley Cyrus, a well-known teen pop icon, gained national headlines for her questionable dancing during Robin Thicke’s performance, which aired on the Video Music Awards. Cyrus was a hot topic on social media that night. Twitter erupted with Miley being the topic of more than 300,000 tweets per minute, and this subject broke the record. On Tumblr, Cyrus was the subject of 2.1 million posts that night.

CNN placed the young artist on their main page the next morning. With her VMA performance on top of the page, a photo essay of her stardom, and reactions to her show, CNN gained thousands of hits on each story, while Syria’s use of chemical weapons fell to the wayside.

On August 21, the Syrian government, led by Bashar al-Assad, was accused of using the chemical, Sarin, against rebels and non-combatants. Sarin is commonly associated with victims who are seen foaming at the mouth and often suffer miosis, a restricting of the pupils. Close to 1000 men, women, and children were killed in the attack.

Research conducted of the area shows a chemical was used. American officials claim rebel forces could not have deployed the agent due to their lack of technological capabilities. The matter at hand is much more serious than a song, a dance, and social media page.

Unbeknownst to many Americans, United States warships have been deployed to Syria. Perhaps a strong-armed move by the president, or this could be a sign of American determination to prevent further chemical attacks in any nation by force. Using Syria as an example, America currently stands alone in the Mediterranean.

It certainly shows one thing: Popular icons have taken precedent over the social injustices committed daily. It does not end with Syria, but this envelops a far broader world, which eyes’ have been set upon the fallen stars in Hollywood.