Miley Cyrus is under fire again, this time for a joke she made while hosting "Saturday Night Live" last weekend. On Wednesday, the U.K.'s Stroke Association issued a press release (via the New York Daily News) criticizing the singer for her joke that the reason she favors sticking out her tongue as a "signature image" is because she is always experiencing "tiny strokes" (video embedded).
The comment came during the show's opening segment. The 20-year-old pop superstar was visited by "Old Miley," a send-up of Miley's "Hannah Montana" timeframe self portrayed by Vanessa Bayer. Cyrus' response when asked why she was constantly sticking out her tongue was "I'm having tiny strokes, yo!"
Patrick Olszowski Head of Campaigns and Policy at the Stroke Association, said:
Having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter. Around 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke (Transient Ischaemic Attack) each year, with one in ten leading to a major stroke.
Sticking out your tongue is not a sign of having a stroke. Instead think FAST. If a person’s face starts drooping, they can’t lift their arm or they can’t speak, it is time to call 999. Having a stroke is a serious medical emergency. With the right care and support, as well as compassion from those around them, people can make fantastic recoveries.
FAST has been advertised as the way to go by U.S. stroke associations, too. FAST or F.A.S.T. is:
- Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
- Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- Time to call 999.
As quoted by The Mirror, Cyrus has not escaped social media criticism:
You and your writers should read about strokes before joking about it. Strokes affect people your age, too.
A second tweeted:
That "stroke joke" was a cruel thing for Miley to say in front of millions of people.
The blame should be spread around, though. She didn't write the joke; she was just the "messenger," as SNL writers gave it to her to perform.