After releasing her 2013 album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus was accused of cultural appropriation from many hip-hop fans. She later stirred up controversy in 2017 by claiming she was no longer into hip-hop because of the materialistic and sex-focused lyrics.
Miley told Billboard, “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*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.”
Miley claimed at the time that her words were taken out of context, and on Tuesday (June 11), she apologized. The famed entertainer commented on a YouTube video titled, ” Miley Cyrus Is My Problematic Fav…Sorry.”
Cyrus 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.”