Miley Cyrus criticized for posing in a Joshua tree, causing potential damage

Singer Miley Cyrus was criticized after she posted photos on Instagram of herself posing on the branch of a Joshua tree.

The “Wrecking Ball” crooner shared two photos of herself sitting in the tree with captions stating, “Looking down at all the petty drama like….” And “Monkey Bizzzzznassssss.”

It was not immediately clear if Cyrus took the photos in San Bernardino County or at the Joshua Tree National Park in California. However, the trees are protected at the Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and in several other cities, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, Joshua trees are not trees but succulents — “a type of plant that stores water.” The plant can grow up to 9 feet tall before it branches. They are most commonly found in the Mojave Desert in southwestern region of the United States. The plants have a long life and one tree located in California is believed to be more than 1,000 years old.

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George Land, a spokesperson for Joshua Tree National Park told the Palm Springs Desert Sun that they “would appreciate it that people would respect the fact that desert vegetation is a little bit fragile at times.”

“We don’t want to incite people to carry out some kind of threat against Miley Cyrus, or anybody else that would do that,” he said. “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.”

Geary Hund, the executive director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust, said any weight on a Joshua tree could damage it.

"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," Hund said in a statement.

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A few social media users commented on Cyrus’ post asking her not to climb Joshua trees.

“Dude this photo and the fact that you are flaunting these actions are not only disrespectful to the earth and the people who care to protect it but it’s also either so incredibly ignorant or selfish of you to do,” a social media user commented.

“Please remove these photos of you on the Joshua Trees!!! This behavior is not okay. It is OUR JOB to protect these trees!!!!”

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Cyrus has not immediately commented on the backlash.