Miley Cyrus is apologizing for some controversial comments she made about hip-hop music back in 2017, when she dissed the genre during an interview with Billboard, stating she was no longer interested in rap because of its obsession with sex and materialism.
“I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like a** with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my d**k, suck on my c**k.’ I can’t listen to that anymore,” she said. “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**k’ — I am so not that.”
At the time, Cyrus had just released her rap-infused Bangerz album, and experienced a wave of backlash for her remarks.
She later tried to backtrack, writing in a since-deleted Instagram post, “Unfortunately only a portion of that interview makes it to print, & A lot of the time publications like to focus on the most sensationalized part of the conversation. 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).”
Cyrus hasn’t revisited her remarks since, but a video from the “As Told By Kenya” YouTube channel apparently stirred her memory.
After watching the video from Kenya Wilson (who describes herself as an aspiring lawyer with “a lot of opinions”), Cyrus offered a response — and an apology.
“Just watched your video,” wrote Cyrus in a comment.” 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.'”
She continued: “There are decades of inequality that I am aware of, but still have alot [to] 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 f**ked up and I sincerely apologize. I’m committed to using my voice for healing, change, and standing up for what’s right. Miley”