Somewhere in between Sinead O’Connor’s five-letter rant that fell on deaf ears, there was another open letter written by one of Miley Cyrus’ little people performers.
The actress, Hollis Jane, had been invited to dance at the VMAs and several other of Miley’s We Can’t Stop performances about a month ago. Hollis took the work and danced around behind Miley then wrote a blog post about feeling other, degraded, dehumanised, and humiliated to the point of crying. “ I love being the center of attention,” says Hollis of why she took the job, adding, “but that was something different… I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a prop…as something less than human.”
She added at the time, “I was a bear in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that…anything where I was being used because of my height, not because of my talent. And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do… I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand. After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying.”
Hollis was invited to do subsequent performances but declined.
Miley never responded because Miley doesn’t care about ableism (nor minstrelsy for that matter).
Miley did, however, post his photo of her remaining little people performers, calling them “her b**ches.” Like how her Black friends are her “homies.”
“#aslongasmyb**chesloveme,” she wrote.