“But while on a superficial level I’m glad that so many people have read and shared my work, the bigger emotion that overtakes me is relief. Relief that so many people get it. Relief that so many people understand that there was something very, very wrong with what Miley did onstage that night, and it had nothing to do with her costume. Relief that this many people understood that Miley’s performance was not a stand-alone occurrence, but a symptom of a much, much bigger problem with the way that blackness, and specifically black womanhood is portrayed in our culture.”—
I’m really hesitant to comment on this whole big dumb thing because that’s the entire point - to generate free press, and truth be told I haven’t had the stomach to finish a single article on the topic but from what I’ve glossed over - there seems to be a lot of predictable talk about race and cultural appropriation.
This to me is really bizarre and naive. Miley Cyrus/We Can’t Stop isn’t a product of Miley Cyrus, it’s a product of Mike Will, the same way the New Kids on the Block were a product of Maurice Starr the same way Eminem was initially a product of Dr. Dre, Justin Bieber = Usher, etc etc.
All of whom are black men who had a lot of success producing for black artists then decided to apply their same formula to white artists. A problem that could only be rectified by making it illegal for talented black producers to work with white artists. Anyways, this is probably far too an academic conversation for me to appropriately comment on, but at least Miley Cyrus (read: Mike Will Made It) is promoting molly and not blow.