Pop star Miley Cyrus on Thursday urged her fans to challenge Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Biden administration expands Afghan refugee program | Culture war comes for female draft registration | US launches third Somalia strike in recent weeks Up next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism MORE (R-Ark.) for his comments on a new religious freedom law.

Cyrus urged her followers on Twitter to “stir some sh-t up” over the freshman lawmaker’s support for Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say helps businesses discriminate based on sexual orientation.


The Bangerz star’s outburst was inspired by an interview featuring Cotton she encountered through Think Progress. Cyrus included a link to the clip in her Twitter feed Thursday.

“I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said on Monday in a video recorded by CNN. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”

Indiana lawmakers on Thursday altered their new law after a national backlash. Critics included multiple tech companies, other state governments and celebrities like Cyrus.


Thursday’s changes prohibit Indiana businesses from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The new language also forbids using the law as a legal defense for denying services to similar protected groups.

Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the religious freedom law on March 26, drawing criticism from business executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook, who on Monday compared it to segregation-era Jim Crow laws.

“We must never return to any semblance of that time,” Cook wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.

Cyrus quickly backed his rhetoric on Monday.  The recording artist praised Cook’s article in a brief tweet that evening.

Supporters of the Indiana law argue it shields businesses from government meddling in their faith-based decisions.

Critics, meanwhile, charge that it lets them discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals for religious reasons.