Amer­ica’s cul­tural chasm

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pimped.”

Ms. O’Con­nor’s words were tough, but the mes­sage was one of sup­port for Ms. Cyrus’s dig­nity as a woman and an artist.

Ms. Cyrus re­sponded on Twit­ter by re­post­ing a se­ries of pained mes­sages Ms. O’Con­nor had tweeted while suf­fer­ing a ner­vous break­down sev­eral years ago and search­ing for a psy­chi­a­trist. With ca­sual cru­elty, Ms. Cyrus tweeted: “Be­fore Amanda Bynes ... there was ...” She then of­fered that she had no time to re­spond to the open let­ter be­cause she was pre­par­ing for her star turn on SNL.

That’s the sort of per­son Satur­day Night Live, the ar­biter of Amer­i­can pop cul­ture cool­ness, cel­e­brates and hon­ors.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NBC’s “Satur­day Night Live” re­ceived good rat­ings when Mi­ley Cyrus hosted the com­edy sketch se­ries.

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