Miley Cyrus has come under fire from the British Stroke Assocation for making a 'cruel joke' about sufferers during her appearance on Saturday Night Live.
The 'Wrecking Ball' star hosted and performed on the iconic SNL on Saturday (5 October, 2013) when she made the controversial comment.
When asked why she is always sticking out her tongue, Cyrus replied that she 'keeps having mini-strokes'.
Head of Campaigns and Policy at the Stroke Association Patrick Olszowski then issued the following statement: "Having a mini-stroke is no laughing matter. Around 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke (Transient Ischaemic Attack) each year, with one in ten leading to a major stroke."
He added: "Sticking out your tongue is not a sign of having a stroke, having a stroke is a serious medical emergency.
"With the right care and support, as well as compassion from those around them, people can make fantastic recoveries."
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The Mirror reports that viewers also took to Twitter to voice their disgust, with one user telling Cyrus: "You and your writers should read about strokes before joking about it. Strokes affect people your age, too."
Another added: "That 'stroke joke' was a cruel thing for Miley to say in front of millions of people."
It isn't the first time that Cyrus' tongue-waggling has been met with criticism. Following her performance at the VMAs, Kiss rocker Gene Simmons said: “It was okay. But that’s the girl’s version. It’s like girls basketball. It’s as good as girls can get at basketball. But you can’t pay with the guys.”