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Miley Cyrus made her come back into the music scene this week, revealing to us all that she’s focused on changing her musical direction in an interview with Billboard.
However, her comments on the music genre of hip-hop left many fans in a frenzy as they rushed to the internet to slam her with criticism.
Miley, when asked about her musical influences by John Norris, had started to talk about hip-hop and said she was taking a step back from the genre.
She named Kendrick Lamar’s new song as one she loved as it didn’t preach an unrealistic ideal of the female body.
She then went on to criticise the highly sexist nature of many hip-hop songs these days and how she is “so not that.”
Online comments then rolled in accusing Miley of both white privilege and cultural appropriation, stating she used the genre to her advantage.
In response, Miley has now taken to Instagram with a lengthy statement about the comments being made.
Miley revealed how interviews such as these normally go for hours and only certain parts of the interview are used in the final print version. The focus on her hip-hop comments, although she had talked about many other genres, allowed people to hone in on them and tear them apart.
"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, and a lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation.”
In true Miley fashion, she then went on to profess her respect for “ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate(s) ALL genres of music.
"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! As I get older, I understand the effect music has on the world, and seeing where we are today, I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics!”
Many fans have applauded the way she has handled this situation, but some are still accusing Miley of not being accountable for her words.