Miley Cyrus is making headlines for calling out the media in her September Marie Claire
cover story — where she points out how folks receive her versus fellow pop sensation Taylor Swift.
While most news outlets are taking her words and making it about a potential feud between the two singers — it’s important readers take it in as it was likely meant to be received.
“I don’t get the violence thing,” Cyrus told the magazine, “That’s supposed to be a good example? And I’m a bad role model because I’m running around with my titties out? I’m not sure how titties are worse than guns.”
This, of course, is less about the ‘Bad Blood’ singer — who featured a very attractive, strong girl squad training for battle in her music video that has seen more than 428,000,000 views on YouTube — and more about the way media attacks women in the media.
‘Bad Blood’ has been accepted to be about the awkward situation between TaySwift and Katy Perry
— which was Swift’s creative way of handling the ordeal — we get that. She gathered her friends and put together a pretty awesome video and even featured Kendrick Lamar. Swift has been receiving much support for the way she’s gone about this whole thing.
If we look at the context of Cyrus’ viral comment, she was more criticizing the industry and the media than she was Swift. As the founder of the Happy Hippy Foundation, a lover of animals, a free spirit and progressive role model, rather than receive the praise she deserves — the media tends to focus on the negative — often slut-shaming her for whatever she’s wearing (or not
wearing). None of this takes away from all the good she’s actually doing
— but it’s certainly not what people are reporting on.
Cyrus, an unconventional role model, knows exactly what’s going on in the industry and she isn’t afraid to call it out.
“There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it,” she told Marie Claire
, “Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he’s cool. I do it and I’m a druggie whore.”
She’s not wrong. In fact, this whole ‘Taylor vs Miley’ is a prime example of missing the point of her quote. Instead of taking what she said seriously, folks have pinned her against Swift after she was asked about the ‘Bad Blood’ video.
Cyrus has been fighting for gender equality, speaking out about real issues while not taking herself too seriously — the ‘We Can’t Stop’ singer deserves better than this.
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