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Miley Cyrus is no stranger to criticism, especially when it comes to her fashion.

From her days co-opting hip-hop style to now denouncing her old look and sound altogether, it seems like it's been a challenge for Cyrus to find a signature style that doesn't reek of cultural appropriation.

And although the star has adopted a more ~carefree~ aesthetic, she just can't stay away from appropriating other cultures — despite being called out numerous times. 

The latest evidence: Miley wore a bindi for her Pride Month concert performance in Washington, D.C. — and people were NOT about it.

The bindi isn't just a fashion statement — it has deep symbolic meaning in the Hindu religion. 

Cyrus isn't the only celeb to be called out for wearing a bindi. Selena Gomez received a lot of hate a few years ago for wearing one on multiple occasions, including at her 2013 MTV Music Awards performance. 

"It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed," said Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, according to Jezebel.

While many fans heralded the star's support for the LGBTQ community, many found her co-opting of the bindi to be a big problem.

One Instagram user said, "So you're really gonna appropriate bindis after black culture stopped working for you?" Ouch. 

If Cyrus aims to reinvent herself, then she should take this opportunity to create a truly original look.

Supporting Pride Month is awesome, and Cyrus has frequently supported LGBTQ rights. However, celebrating Pride Month at the expense of another marginalized group is not the way to go. 

h/t Teen Vogue