Today is Father’s Day. If you weren’t reminded of the date by your mother via a borderline nagging/ borderline helpful text message, you were probably given a heads up thanks to your Facebook and Twitter feeds being overwhelmed with tributes, shoutouts and messages to your friends’ daddies. Miley Cyrus, was, of course, no exception. Here’s the pretty generic words she sent to Bill Ray.

On the surface, the above correspondence seems pleasant enough. It even comes with that cute little emoticon at the end, but unfortunately, the truth may be far more complicated. Last week, Miley’s mommy Tish hit Billy Ray with divorce papers, and after the news went public, the former Disney starlet apparently had a huge problem reaching her father. So, she took to Twitter to basically shame him into communicating. Here’s what she said, as per E! Online
"@billyraycyrus since your text and email obviously aren't working would you like to talk like this?"

Miley thought better of the above tweet and deleted it not long after she sent it, but regardless, it seems to point to a major problem in the now broken Cyrus household. When most people get divorced, they sit their kids down and have a very formal conversation about why the divorce is happening and what it will mean on a practical level. Obviously, no one wants to have that conversation. It’s painful and awkward and probably feels like failure, but it prevents unanswered questions, helps with resentment and most importantly, keeps the kids from hearing about the horrifying news from another source. Beyond that, most parents who are splitting up make themselves more available to their kids, but judging by context clues, that didn’t happen here.

On the one hand, it’s pretty understandable why a pissed off Cyrus would want to verbally harangue her father for allegedly ignoring her. She had every right to get some answers from him when the divorce news went public. On the other hand, however, making inside family business public is rarely a good idea. Further, it’s a bit childish, and it will inspire others to read into every future public correspondence to look for any signs of condescension or deeper layers.

I get why Miley went public with her irritation, but I’m not sure it was the right call. What do you think? Should Miley stop communicating with her parents on Twitter? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…


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