Miley Cyrus has been in the public eye since she was very young, and is one of the most recognizable celebrities on the planet. She has seen her share of success, but she has also been the subject of many controversies — and the newest one spread across social media over the weekend.
While promoting her new album, #MileyCyrus has recently been focusing on her new image and her declaration of a clean, healthy lifestyle. However, Miley’s new resurgence has come with a bit of backlash, after she made comments regarding certain types of hip-hop music.
Twitter Responds To Miley Cyrus' Comments Regarding Hip-Hop
During an interview with Billboard, Miley Cyrus discussed many changes in her life, and the fact that she is going back to her country roots. While explaining this to the reporter, Cyrus maid some interesting comments:
"But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song ['Humble']: 'Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.' I love that because it’s not 'Come sit on my d**k, suck on my c**k.' I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much 'Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c**k' — I am so not that."
Cyrus’ remarks leaned towards the idea that she left the “hip-hop scene” behind because of the misogyny, overt sexism and the objectification of woman within certain lyrics. But many fans on Twitter claimed that Cyrus once appropriated black culture and the “hip-hop lifestyle," so these comments seemed hypocritical:
A lot of Twitter users hit on the same point, that Miley Cyrus appropriated black culture for profit — but now that she is tired of it, she has started speaking out against the same music that she once profited from.
Miley Cyrus Responds On Instagram
Miley took to Instagram in response to the controversy, and defended her comments by saying her words in the Billboard article were taken out of context:
"When articles are read it isn't always considered that for hours I've spoken with a journalist about my life , where my heart is, my perspective at that time, and the next step in my career. Unfortunately only a portion of that interview makes it to print, & A lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation"
She followed up her argument with statements regarding where she is an artist, and how she is wanting to spread more positive messages. She also states that she celebrates hip-hop and all other forms of musical expression:
"I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I've collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap! As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics!"
She ended the post with the by reiterating her comments about sending a positive message through her songs, and even took the opportunity to let her fans know that she will be dropping new songs soon.
Why Was Miley Cyrus' Statement Controversial?
At the core of her massive celebrity, Miley Cyrus is a musician. Yes, she rocketed to fame through her exposure on #HannahMontana, but it is her music that always remains a constant. Like many musicians, Miley has gone through phases. We’ve seen genre-hopping over the years with Madonna, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis and many others.
The significant difference between Miley and other musicians who switch genres is that she seemingly appropriated a hip-hop persona for about four years, and now has spoken out against aspects of hip-hop. Critics feel that Miley exploited the culture for her own gain, then discarded it — it’s a fair bet that wasn’t her intention, but it is how some perceived it.
This also isn't the first time Miley has caught heat for cultural appropriation. In 2013 she caught flak for having all-black backup dancers at the MTV Video Music Awards. In the wake of the VMAs, Cyrus was accused of taking advantage of black culture.
Miley's comments rubbed many people the wrong way, but she wants her fans to know where her heart is. She appears to be trying to move on to the next stage of her career, but in typical Miley fashion, she is hitting some speedbumps along the way.
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