Miley Cyrus Responds to ‘Billboard’ Interview Criticism: ‘Publications Like to Focus on the Most Sensationalized Part’
Miley Cyrus has responded to criticism of comments she made about rap music and hip hop during her May 2017 Billboard magazine cover story.
After Billboard published Cyrus' interview this week, in which the pop star explained she is distancing herself from the hip hop sound from her last album, Bangerz, because she can't relate to it anymore, many fans hit back at the artist for "trying on" and appropriating hip hop culture to benefit her brand only to abandon it when it no longer suited her.
"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 dick, suck on my c---.' I can’t listen to that anymore," Cyrus told the magazine. "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---.' I am so not that."
On Friday (May 5), the singer responded to the backlash via a lengthy message on Instagram, explaining that "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."
Cyrus went on to clarify her statement, sharing, "So, to be clear I respect ALL artists who speak their truth and appreciate ALL genres of music (country, pop, alternative .... but in this particular interview I was asked about rap). 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 & seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics! I am proud to be an artist without borders and thankful for the opportunity to explore so many different styles/sounds," she continued.
See her original Instagram post below:
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