Miley Cyrus apologized once again for past comments she made about the hip-hop community after being called out once again online.
The 26-year-old singer is blaming her “privilege” for a quote she gave to Billboard in 2017 about jumping in and out of the hip-hop genre after speaking in broad, generalized terms about what turned her off to it.
“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 c---’ -- I am so not that,” she said at the time.
People took issue with the comments at the time, but they resurfaced in a YouTube video by creator Kenya Wilson titled “Miley Cyrus Is My Problematic Fav...Sorry.” Cyrus took to the comments after watching the video to issue a lengthy apology and explanation.
“Just watched your video. 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 wrote.
Cyrus continued: “There are decades of inequality that I am aware of, but still have alot [sic] learn about. Silence is apart 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---ed up and I sincerely apologize . I’m committed to using my voice for healing , change , and standing up for what’s right. Miley.”
Cyrus is currently promoting her "She is Coming" EP, which gets back to hip-hop a bit with collaborations featuring Swae Lee, Ghostface Killah, and Mike Will Made-It.
This isn’t the first time that Cyrus has apologized for her 2017 comments in Billboard. The star wrote a post on Instagram in which she blamed the outlet for focusing on sensationalism.
“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,” the since-deleted post read in part (via Rolling Stone).