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Miley Cyrus Responds to Backlash for Saying 'You Don't Have to Be Gay'

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UPDATE: Miley Cyrus has responded to the backlash to her remarks: "I was talking shit about sucky guys, but let me be clear, YOU don't CHOOSE your sexuality. You are born as you are. It has always been my priority to protect the LGBTQ community I am a part of."

Miley Cyrus has thrown a wrecking ball into her record of LGBTQ activism.

The pansexual performer implied being gay is a choice during an Instagram Live Sunday with Cody Simpson, an Australian singer she recently began dating.

"There are good men out there guys, don’t give up," Cyrus told her Instagram audience of over 100 million followers. "You don’t have to be gay, there are good people with dicks out there, you just got to find them."

"I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true," she continued. "There are good people out there that just happen to have dicks. I've only ever met one, and he's on this live."

Cyrus, 26, came out as pan in 2016. She is the founder of the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit that supports LGBTQ youth, homeless people, and other vulnerable communities.

The "Don't Call Me Angel" singer drew the ire of many LGBTQ people on Twitter for her remarks. 

"Is @MileyCyrus actually stupid? Cause this is a stupid message, from a stupid person, to idiots who think they 'have to' become gay because a gender disappoints them," wrote user @KodySage. "That's a stupid narrative encouraging the illusion that it's a choice and a flimsy button. Are you mad?"

"Damn. In 30 seconds @MileyCyrus managed to burn up all goodwill she'd ever built with queer and trans people," wrote actor James Bradford. "Not all 'guys' have dicks, Miley. Thought you knew better. You 'had to be gay' because men are bad? Do you not realize what an anti-lesbian trope that is? Gross."

At the time of this article's publishing, Cyrus has not yet responded to the backlash to her remarks. Watch a clip of the problematic exchange with Simpson below.

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