Two years after making some controversial remarks about distancing herself from certain parts of hip-hop, Miley Cyrus has stepped forward to apologize for the comments, which ultimately helped fortify people’s belief that she was a cultural appropriator.
On Tuesday (June 11), the singer apologized for the “disconnect” she caused back when she appeared to say she was distancing herself from the rap game in a 2017 interview with Billboard. At the time, Cyrus, who dropped her rap-influenced LP Bangerz in 2013, claimed that the overwhelming materialism and sexually-driven lyrics in hip-hop songs today is what pushed her away from the scene.
“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,” Cyrus wrote in the comments section of a constructive critique YouTube video posted by Kenya Wilson. “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.”
At the time of her initial comments, Cyrus asserted that only a portion of her entire interview ended up in print and that she appreciates all genres of music. Unfortunately for her, many people still had a problem with her comments. Now, Cyrus is seemingly owning her comments and trying to learn from them.
“Silence is apart of the problem and I refuse to be quiet anymore,” Cyrus continued in another part of her comment under Wilson’s video. “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 commited to using my voice for healing , change, and standing up for what’s right.”
Check Miley Cyrus’ full comment below.
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