Last week, Miley Cyrus’ brand new cover for Billboard Magazine dropped. The cover showed Cyrus, bleach-blonde pixie grown out into a wavy lob, tongue firmly inside her mouth, donning a pretty pink dress in a field of lily pads. In the interview, where she talked everything from new music to re-falling for fiancé Liam Hemsworth, Miley also touched on her on and off relationship with hip hop, which she was heavily influenced by in her Bangerz era.
Speaking on hip hop and the general surrounding culture, Miley said, “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.”
Since those remarks, fans took to Twitter to discuss how her dismissal of hip hop (even its hypersexual side) was unfair — given that she profited off it for years. Users referenced her lyrics, dancing and even her use of black women in her stage shows and video clips as hypocritical, saying that, after the 24-year-old used the genre for her own profit, she discarded it and reverted back to her ‘good girl country singer’ roots when it suited her.
Following the backlash, Miley moved to clarify her comments via Instagram. She posted this shot of from the magazine shoot, writing, “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.”
“So, to be clear I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country , pop , alternative .... but in this particular interview I was asked about rap) 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!”
She added: “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! I am proud to be an artist with out borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/ sounds! I hope my words (sung or spoken) always encourage others to LOVE.... Laugh.... Live fully.... to be there for one another... to unify, and to fight for what's right (human , animal , or environmental ) Sending peace to all! Look forward to sharing my new tunes with you soon! – MC”
Unfortunately, for many fans of both hip hop and Miley, the damage has already been done.