In a recent exclusive interview with Time, the American singer, songwriter and actress ‘Miley Cyrus‘ shared her thoughts on the Indiana State ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ calling those supporters of this law as dinosaurs, who are dying off. The singer further stated that her generation is moving forward toward a more tolerant and diversity embracing America.
“I lived a life where I had to be something every day and had to be a character, and it wasn’t necessarily who I wanted to be. And now I’ve dedicated my life to being whoever it is that I want to be, and also constantly learning and evolving.”
“That’s what’s wrong with [supporters of the Indiana law]—they’re not choosing to live that way. And if you don’t choose to live that way, you’re not going to last in this generation because we are overtaking you. They are dinosaurs, and they are dying off. We are the new generation, and with that will come so much.
We are moving forward. As much as we get distracted by stupid laws that make us feel like we’re regressing, we’re not. We are moving forward because it’s our turn as young people. It’s a new rights movement. There’s so much that young people want to do and change and see, and I think a lot of that can come through social media.”
“I put something on my Instagram today about how people are trying now to make the Indiana law look like something that it’s not. They’re trying to make it look like it’s not discriminatory. It’s confusing for my fans, so I’m happy to [speak up about it]. They won’t listen to Tim Cook, maybe. But they’ll listen to me, you know? And people are starting to listen, I think.”
In recent times, there has been a shift in the support for same-sex marriages in the US based on a Pew Research published in September, 2014.
In the 2001 Pew Research result on support for gay marriages in America, 57% opposed while 35% supported. In the latest finding published last year, the demographics has shifted to 40% oppose with 52% support. The researchers attributed this monumental shift to the younger generation growing up with different opinions and values which may differed from the older generation.
Indiana’s new religious freedom law, which detractors say will allow religious business to legally discriminate against the gay community has been heavily criticized by several high-profile names including Hillary Clinton, Apple CEO Tim Cook and recently, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.