Miley Cyrus is no stranger to cultural appropriation accusations. A few years ago, amid her obsession with twerking and partying, the 25-year-old singer was known as the poster child for cultural appropriation, with many accusing her of appropriating hip-hop and rap culture to advance her career.
After a recent break to go country, Cyrus is at the center of a cultural appropriation controversy again—however, this time, the backlash is even more heated given Cyrus’s recent comments denouncing the hip-hop and rap community.
Over the weekend, the “Malibu” singer posted a Twitter video of her dancing in a leprechaun onesie to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The video featured Cyrus nodding and writhing to Offset‘s “Ric Flair Drip.” “RFD,” Cyrus captioned the tweet, tagging Offset and his fiancé, Cardi B.
The video might’ve paled in comparison to Cyrus’s previous, more explicit culturally appropriative acts, until Cardi B and Offset fans pointed out that the former Disney Channel condemned hip-hop and rap music in a Billboard interview less than a year ago.
‘But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [‘Humble’]: “Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks.” I love that because it’s not “Come sit on my dick, suck on my cock,'” Cyrus told Billboard in May 2017. “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.
Given Cyrus’s recent comments, hip-hop and rap fans weren’t happy with Cyrus dancing to a song by Offset, who raps lyrics and creates music similar to the songs she was denouncing. Several also called Cyrus a “hypocrite” for distancing herself from the genre, but still enjoying it. Many also accused Cyrus of leaning into rap and hip-hop culture only when her career is floundering.
As of yet, Cyrus hasn’t responded to the controversy. But given her history of ignoring and not taking accountability for her cultural appropriation, we don’t expect much.