Sufjan Stevens Writes Open Letter to Miley Cyrus Correcting Her Grammar, Not Her Image

Celebrity News Oct. 14, 2013 AT 3:15PM
Sufjan Stevens writes an open letter to Miley Cyrus. Sufjan Stevens writes an open letter to Miley Cyrus. Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images; Wendy Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images

It seems that any and all celebrities are more than ready to weigh in on spotlight stealer Miley Cyrus these days. The 20-year-old former Disney star has been the go-to conversation topic since her infamous August 2013 VMA performance and all that followed, including her naked "Wrecking Ball" video, among other highlights. 

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Cyrus has been critiqued savagely by fellow stars -- most recently rocker Sinead O'Connor who charged that the controversial singer was being "prostituted" thanks to her envelope-pushing performances.  

Now indie rocker Sufjan Stevens can add his name to the list of celebs offering Cyrus advice. The "Come On! Feel The Illinoise!" singer surprisingly did not comment on Cyrus' wild child persona, but rather some of her inconsistent grammar in the new song "#GetItRight," featured on her Bangerz album. 

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On his tumblr page, Stevens wrote, "Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: 'I been laying in this bed all night long.' Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object."

The alternative crooner also noted that the phrase "I been laying in this bed" featured conflicting tenses. "Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there." 

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The overall tone of Stevens' message was comical, and he even seemed to be rooting for Cyrus. The only questionable diss happened in Stevens' last line, "Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness," implying Cyrus' career isn't an eternal one. 

Tell Us: What do you think of Sufjan's letter to Miley?

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