SALT LAKE CITY — Nothing breaks like a heart, except maybe a fragile Joshua tree, and this week desert land conservationists and nature lovers want Miley Cyrus to know it.
What happened: Cyrus took to Instagram and Twitter this week to post two images of herself posing, sitting in and hanging from a Joshua tree.
Cyrus captioned the photos with “Looking down at all the petty drama like....” and “Monkey Bizzzzznassssss.”
The images received quick backlash from nature lovers and conservationists who say that Cyrus’ photos are “disrespectful” and “ignorant” and that the star should remove them because of the fragile nature of the Joshua tree and the example she’s setting, according to The Blast.
Joshua Tree National Park appeared to subtweet the star Wednesday morning, writing that the tree “has thin, shallow roots & can't support weight w/o damage. Keep admiring & loving on our amazing Joshua trees, from the ground!”
According to USA Today, Mojave Desert Land Trust Director Geary Hund released a statement about Cyrus, saying, “We ask that Miley Cyrus consider her status as a public figure and remove this photo from her social media accounts in order to educate others and to prevent potential damage to Joshua trees.”
Joshua Tree National Park spokesman George Land said, “We don’t want to incite people to carry out some kind of threat against Miley Cyrus, or anybody else that would do that. We would just remind her that she has a big following, people watch what she does, and it would be greatly appreciated by the Park Service and the people around the area if she would maybe curb that type of activity, especially posting it on her social media page.”
Cyrus has over 90 million followers on Instagram. Her photos have received almost 2 million likes on Instagram.6 comments on this story
About Joshua trees: According to the National Wildlife Federation, Joshua trees aren’t really trees: They’re succulents, which is what makes them so fragile.
Joshua trees grow in desert areas like the Mojave Desert and store water. They’re slow-growing and are thought to have an average lifespan of around 150 years, according to the NWF.
Because of the thinness of the tree’s roots and the length of time it takes for one to grow, they cannot bear heavy loads and risk damage as a result.