Miley Cyrus was no stranger to controversy during her twerk-heavy Bangerz era, from the songstress swinging naked for the iconic “Wrecking Ball” music video to her infamous VMA performance with Robin Thicke. Now, Cyrus is owning up for disputed comments she made in 2017 following that hip-hop-heavy era.
The 2013 album faced backlash for cultural appropriation and using hip-hop culture for popularity. In response, the songstress discussed the genre in a 2017 Billboard cover story, saying she was no longer as big of a rap fan any longer. “I also love that new Kendrick song [‘Humble’]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock.’ I can’t listen to that anymore.
“That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little,” she continued. “It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock’ — I am so not that.”
The comments were met with backlash, with critics accusing the pop star of putting down a culture she once channeled when it no longer helped her career. On Tuesday (June 11), Cyrus took to the comments section of a fan YouTube video titled “Miley Cyrus Is My Problematic Fav…Sorry” to apologize, posting a lengthy message on growth and standing up for what you believe in.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak up,” she wrote. “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 [to] learn about,” she continued. “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.”
See her apology in the comments section of the video below.