US actress Evan Rachel Wood insists she doesn’t judge people by their looks after a gag about Miley Cyrus’s ‘gay’ haircut sparked a backlash from fans on Twitter.
The Hanna Montana star made headlines after losing her trademark locks for a short pixie crop.
The radical new look also caught the attention of bisexual Golden Globe nominated Wood, who tweeted: ‘I called it! Miley Cyrus is leaning toward gay.’
Her comment didn’t go down well with Cyrus fans, however, who launched an attack on the True Blood star.
Wood was forced yesterday (23 August) to defend herself, claiming it was only meant to be a harmless gag.
‘Ok. To be clear. I believe you should be able to joke and have a sense of humour about everything,’ she wrote.
‘And I hate explaining, but just to be clear, I don’t judge people on how they look. Nor do I associate a hair style with sexuality.
‘I myself am bisexual and have always "joked" about Miley giving me gay vibes. Not a bad thing! Just an observation. So I "joked" when she cut her hair that it supported my case. But, I am not so close minded or into stereotypes or labeling. It was a joke.
‘I could (not) care less what gender she was attracted to. But don’t hate me for supporting her in whatever she chooses. It’s all fine by me.’
Cyrus, however, seemed to see the funny side and has now become a follower of Wood on Twitter.
The actress’s haircut also grabbed the attention of lesbian chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, who tweeted a photo of herself sporting the new look.