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Miley Cyrus Gets Censured For NSFW Fruit Ad That Steals Artist’s Creative Juices
By Mikelle Leow, 07 Jun 2019
Video screenshot via Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus’ latest EP is called She is Coming. Artists wonder if it could mean that she is coming for your brand.
Just this week, a baker called out the songstress for plagiarizing her cake art in a campaign with Planned Parenthood and Marc Jacobs, down to the handwriting. Cyrus has since apologized, tagging the creator over the baked good on Instagram.
However, Instagram users have pointed out that the star from Black Mirror season five appears to have copied the signature creations of multimedia artist Stephanie Sarley, who is known for using fruit to depict female masturbation.
Cyrus teased her comeback with erotic ASMR fruit videos uncannily alike those of Sarley’s. Both featured footage of cantaloupes, papayas, and grapefruits being fingered, prompting followers of the artist to chide the singer. Sarley tells VICE that she only got to know about this apparent misappropriation after being alerted by fans.
American artist Signe Pierce comments in Cyrus’ Instagram post, “Your team and the creatives behind this video need to be held accountable for the blatant rip off of Stephanie Sarley’s work.”
Pierce emphasizes that Sarley’s creations have been prominently displayed at museums, and that the artist has a “global following [and] impact.”
“It is the right thing to do to hire those who inspire,” she adds. “Hire the artists who inspire you, don’t rip them off.”
Unlike Cyrus’ response to the cake artwork being copied, the star has not addressed claims that her provocative fruit masturbation videos were inspired by Sarley’s work.
Meanwhile, Sarley is keeping relatively mum about the affair, only taking to her Instagram stories to share screenshots of articles and users’ comments about the fruit of her labor seemingly being stolen.
[via VICE, videos via various sources, cover image via Miley Cyrus]
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