Miley Cyrus slammed for hanging out with Olympian Shaun White
Shaun White is an Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder and also a rocker with a band
Controversial singer Miley Cyrus has been slammed online after she was seen hanging out with Olympic gold medal-winning snowboarder and rocker Shaun White in spite of him facing sexual misconduct allegations.
The Malibu singer took to Instagram on February 20 to post a photo of her with the Olympian, a week after he won the gold in the men's halfpipe at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
In the picture, Cyrus is seen wearing White's gold medal around her neck while she holds his dog, Leroy, in one hand and a prayer candle with White's picture on it in the other hand. The caption read: "Chillin’ with an American legend… and I mean @leroythegoodboy. Kidding @shaunwhite, you are the s—! So bada–! Proud of you!"
Fans immediately shared their messages of congratulations for White online but a lot of people were not impressed at all with Cyrus' picture with the gold medallist. White recently apologized for dismissing the sexual harassment claims that were made against him as just "gossip" in a TV interview after he won in South Korea.
One user posted: "I love you @mileycyrus but Shaun is an alleged abuser who hasn’t dealt with the accusations tastefully, calling them gossip. Stay aware."
Another one asked: "Why everyone ignored the abuse allegations against Shaun White (sic)." A third said: "Disappointed you’re associating with him, especially as a feminist. still love you doe (sic)."
The allegations made headlines in a lawsuit filed against White in 2016 by the former drummer of his band, Bad Things, Lena Zawaideh. The case was settled in the summer of 2017 but when he was questioned right after his halfpipe victory, he nonchalantly told reporters: "I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff."
Thirty-one-year-old White said that he is a changed man now and that he regrets his "poor choice of words".
Cyrus has not responded to the backlash she's been receiving online but she has on a previous occasion expressed her support for the Time's Up and the #MeToo anti-harassment movements. She even held a white rose on Grammy Awards red carpet in January to show her support for the victims of sexual abuse.
Cyrus and White have been friends for a while, and they were rumored to be dating back in 2015. Around that time, Cyrus also convinced the snowboarder to get a tattoo of Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne on his forearm while White was at an Easter party at her house.
But GossipCop.com had shot down the rumors, saying that Cyrus and White were simply just friends. Cyrus was actually good pals with his girlfriend. White's lady is Sarah Barthel.
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