It seems like Miley Cyrus finally put her wild, experimental side behind her. Gone are the days of drug binges, walking around naked, and dressing like a baby in the name of self-expression. Most of that is all done and forgiven by now, but some people all calling her out for being problematic in the past.
According many people, the singer appropriated black culture by incorporating elements of it into her style before going back to her old, country self. Rising artist Dev Hynes recently condemned white artists who try to make themselves look black as a 15-minute fashion trend in his song “Vulture Baby.” Based on Cyrus’ actions over the past few years, most people agree that the song is about her.
What a mess! So what made people assume this was about Miley? Let’s take a look at what the rapper had to say. In an interview with Pitchfork, he explained “I’m basically talking about an artist—who shall not be disclosed. But I read an interview with them talking about how they were done with hip-hop culture and wanted to go back to… actually, you know what, this could be applicable to a lot of artists last year…it’s about white people who have got their cred by flirting with rap culture, and now they’re gonna show their country roots.” It makes sense, given that Miley rose to fame on her country girl charm then “experimented” with looks heavily associated with black culture before going back to her new-and-improved old self.
This coincides with Miley’s controversial 2017 Billboard interview in which she gave some backhanded praise to Kendrick Lamar’s song “Humble.” Cyrus commented “I love that 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.” Stereotyping an entire genre of music and it’s “scene” might rub some people the wrong way. More so if said scene is predominately black. It’s not surprising that people were less than happy about the troubled singer’s word choice.
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