In 2017 Miley Cyrus was “eager to unpack her latest thinking on everything from her alienation from hip-hop to engaging with Donald Trump’s supporters.” She stated in her Billboard cover interview that "it was too much Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock” and that she was “so not that”.
The comments came as a shock to the hip hop community. Cyrus had a history with the hip-hop community doing features with the likes of many black artists like Future, Jordan Lebron Massey, and even Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion). Although the interview rocked the music industry boat, it didn’t do much for many fans of rap. Many were not surprised and thought it to be another ploy white musical artists do when there isn’t a need to use hip hop culture for progression in the business anymore.
Recently, Cyrus apologized for the remarks she made in the interview by taking to the comment section of a fan video made by YouTuber, As Told By Kenya. The pop star wrote:
“Just watched your video. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak up. Being silent is not like me at all. I am aware of my platform and have always used it the best way I know how and to shine a light on injustice. I want to start with saying I am sorry. I own the fact that saying ... "this pushed me out of the hip hop scene a little” was insensitive as it is a privilege to have the ability to dip in and out of “the scene”. There are decades of inequality that I am aware of, but still, have a lot learn about. Silence is apart of the problem and I refuse to be quiet anymore. My words became a divider in a time where togetherness and unity is crucial. I can not change what I said at that time, but I can say I am deeply sorry for the disconnect my words caused. Simply said; I fucked up and I sincerely apologize. I’m committed to using my voice for healing, change, and standing up for what’s right. Miley.”
Most of her fans responded to her with love and positivity. YouTube commenter, Sam Owen, stated her response was sincere and honest. Another commenter, Mari Louise, insinuated the pop star’s apology was nothing new and that she always stands up for her rights and everyone else was just haters. Even As Told By Kenya agreed to state that the point of her video was to highlight how Cyrus has stood up for what’s right on multiple occasions.
Although Cyrus was getting the love that some thought she deserved others weren’t so forgiving. Dina Kay reminded people that at one point in Cyrus’ Bangerz era, she used black women as props and that they were caricatures. Another commenter, Erica Brumfield, thought Cyrus should go to Twitter with her apology. She went on to say that the apology wasn’t enough. One YouTuber just wasn’t with the apology at all.
While there are mixed feelings about the apology, it does seem like the Black Mirror actress is, in fact, trying to grow up. Or is that just a part of the act too?
*Sources and images: of Billboard and Youtube.
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