Miley Cyrus Apologizes After A Video Calls Out Her “Racially Insensitive … Cultural Appropriation”
Remember Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz era? It was a confusing one, to say the least. The year was 2013, Miley had space buns, she was collaborating with hip-hop artists, swinging naked on wrecking balls and singing about getting high in bathrooms. The album got a lot of backlash, with people calling out the former Disney star for “cultural appropriation.”
After the album hype died down, Miley decided to announce that she was distancing herself from the hip-hop genre in a 2016 Billboard interview where she was quoted saying: “I love [Kendrick Lamar’s song “Humble”] because it’s not ‘Come sit on my d*ck, suck on my c*ck.’ 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*ck’ — I am so not that.”
That didn’t fly for hip-hop fans, and people began to criticize Miley for cashing in on the hip-hop genre and then dipping out when the funds ran dry. She issued an apology (which has since been deleted) saying that Billboard didn’t print the entire interview and she loves all kinds of music. UM… okay.
Now, three whole years later, the 26-year-old has sincerely apologized for how she acted around that time after a Miley super-fan called her out in a video titled “Miley Cyrus Is My Problematic Fav…Sorry.” In the video, the fan (whose name in Kenya) expressed her appreciation for Bangerz for “busting down doors” for other Disney stars to explore their sexuality, however acknowledged Miley had done “some very racially insensitive things as far as cultural appropriation” and referenced her Billboard interview.
Miley responded to the video in a YouTube comment, and her apology does seem pretty legit. She 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 alot learn about. Silence is a part 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”
The apology comes shortly after Miley released her latest album, She Is Coming, where she opens up about everything from gender identity, drug use, and her relationship with husband Liam Hemsworth.