Published May 10, 2017
Not everyone in the LGBTQ community is thrilled that Miley Cyrus will headline DC’s Pride festival concert in June. Cyrus’s quotes about hip-hop in a recent Billboard magazine interview have refreshed long-simmering criticisms of the singer, and two activist groups contacted by Washingtonian had harsh words about the booking.
In the Billboard interview, Cyrus discussed her musical evolution away from hip-hop and toward country sounds, saying she liked Kendrick Lamar‘s song “Humble”: “I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock,’” she told John Norris. “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 cock’ — I am so not that.”
Cyrus “decided to call out the misogyny of black artists, but didn’t call out any other forms of artistry or genres that are also misogynistic,” says Preston Mitchum, writer and member of Black Youth Project 100, a black activist organization. Cyrus is “someone who’s ripped off black culture and profited from it, then in a recent interview has tried to diminish it,” says Drew Ambrogi, spokesperson at local LGBT activist group No Justice No Pride.
Indeed, the singer has received criticism in the past for caricaturing and exploiting black culture, which partly explains the backlash that greeted the Billboard interview. Cyrus apologized on Instagram, saying “I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop” and that “At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap!”…read more here.