Why Miley Cyrus is a Problem


Emilie Sall, Press Release Editor

It is no secret that Miley Cyrus is a character.

From the time she was Hannah Montana to when the world saw her swinging naked on a wrecking ball, she has given the media countless field days. Her stunts for attention have been called offensive and problematic.

Therefore questions arise as to what she is simply doing for publicity, what she is doing that is offensive, and where the line is drawn between racism and her sense of humor.

“I feel like Miley Cyrus’s dreadlocks at the VMAs could have been offensive to the African-American community,” Marcos Munoz, a senior at Wellington High School, responded when asked what he thought of Cyrus’s actions. “I feel like dreadlocks are a symbol of a culture she is trying to impersonate.”

Miley’s dreadlocks are an example of cultural appropriation.

This isn’t the first time she has had a racist moment.

She has said that she wants her album to have a “black sound”, and  she also uses the terms “urban” and “black” interchangeably.

Through her dialogue, endless twerking, and objectification of her black backup dancers, Miley uses black culture as a commodity and exploits a community she does not belong to in order to build an image for herself.

Not only has racism been an issue with Miss Cyrus, but she has also displayed of misogyny and sexism.

“I remember being shocked when Miley twerked on Robbin Thicke at the VMAs a few years ago,” Jasmine Linares, senior, said. “Especially since he was singing that song ‘Blurred Lines,’ which is pretty offensive to women. I used to think she stood for girl power.”

As Miley Cyrus continues to construct a name for herself upon racism, sexism, and other unpleasant traits, we start to notice she gets more publicity, and more opportunities to hurt others.

Maybe one day, Miley will realize that her words and actions are problematic and how they can cause grief in others. Until that day, it is important to remain aware and not to follow her example.