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She said she was dropping new fire, and she certainly delivered. Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter” music video meaning gets to the core of who she is as a woman. Miley promised that the visuals from the first single off of her She Is Coming EP would be legendary, and she certainly delivered. Before she debuted the video, the Bangerz singer said, “Beware it’s the SHIT just like all the badass women starring alongside muah!” The video is an homage to her mother, Tish Cyrus and every woman from all different backgrounds and walks of life.
If you take a close look at the lyrics, they already promised we were going to see something epic on screen. Miley croons “Oh my God, she got the power / Well, look at her, she got the power /Don’t fuck with my freedom / I came up to get me some /I’m nasty, I’m evil / Must be something in the water or that I’m my mother’s daughter.”
Before releasing the video and just after she performed at Glastonbury Music Festival, the Hannah Montana alum paid tribute to her mama on Twitter. She shared a snap fo the pair of them with a badass caption that read, “I’m a lot of things, ever changing, but always have been and always will be my Mother’s Daughter & damnproud,” she wrote in her tweet, adding the hashtags “#Strong #Smart #Driven #BadAss #NoGreaterLove”
So let’s dive into this video
The Overt Messages
There are several flashing messages sprinkled throughout “Mother’s Daughter” including “Not an Object,” “Sin Is In Your Eyes, “Every woman is a riot,” “Virginity is a social construct,” and “Feminist AF.” The most epic aspect about these signs is that they typically include Miley and her mama having tea–a throwback to the Victorian era.
At a time when women’s rights are being trampled, Miley is clearly saying women are going to get dumped on no matter what they do, so you might as well do whatever you want.
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“So pretty much in my every day life I tend to express my freedom through my fashion - it’s like my voice because I don’t like to say too much I like to leave everything open for interpretation. Thankfully i don’t really have to fight for my freedom but for those who do I definitely speak out and continuously rock out for them hoping to inspire the next girl like me. Activism to me is pushing the agenda of staying true to yourself and keeping it G (genuine) – I feel like if I continue to showcase and spread my message/story it’ll reach the masses. Activism is a group effort to keep it simple especially for social change more people should start within before getting involved imo - lots of biased/ skewed beliefs due to social media - start at home! If your words aren’t coming from the heart or a reliable source (not twitter!) who are you helping? Women like me young and old give me the hope to continue the fight for our freedom as dark skin women in the world! #BlackGirlsROCK” - Trydryn Scott
Giving the activists their dues
So often celebrities get involved with a movement or a message without paying homage to those who have been in the trenches doing the work. Miley made sure to highlight three powerful activists– Paige Fralix, Amazon Ashley, and Trydryn Scott, whom she also highlighting on her Instagram page, allowing all three women to speak for themselves.
It’s insane to think about, but people are still offended when they see women breastfeeding in public SMH. Miley clapped back against that with an image of The Florida Project’s Melanie Sierra, a.k.a. Mela Murder, breastfeeding a baby while wearing a spiked crown and showcasing her tattoos.
There are also images of women’s c-section scars in the video.
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“I've always been a fighter. Maybe not always in the most productive way, but fighting for myself, a friend or even for a stranger who is being bullied has always been a part of my personality. Fat acceptance is based on the notion that all fat people, regardless of health, deserve respect. And it's a battle that is fought every day by thousands, including myself. Social media's accessibility allows us to peek in on others living their lives, but too often the conversation turns negative when there are fat bodies involved. People just love to leave awful comments on fat folks photos in order to feel superior and I promise you, not one of these commenters actually cares about the health, family, environment or whatever bullshit reason they give for their vile behavior towards a fat person. And really, how in the hell does health matter in the context of someone just posting a photo of themselves feeling happy and confident? (HINT: it doesn't matter, stop pretending like it does) Next time you see a fat person posting pictures of themselves living their life, stop and ask yourself why you wish to spoil their joy. I guarantee that you can't come up with a valid reason that isn't based in your own ego gratification. Stop it and do better! We humans have a lot to learn, but we can start by fighting our personal biases and permitting people of all genders, races, sexualities, sizes, abilities and health levels to live harassment-free lives. Don't fuck with their freedom to feel happy and beautiful right now, not just when society says it’s ok.” - Angelina Duplisea @anactingangel
People have so much to say about women’s bodies, and it’s honestly disgusting. Therefore, Miley clapped back by showing the visual of actress Angelina Duplisea lounging in the nude fanning herself. Duplisea said on Miley’s Instagram, “Fat acceptance is based on the notion that all fat people, regardless of health, deserve respect.”
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“As a black girl in a wheelchair who happens to be trans - I just want to have a good life and do good in whatever my endeavors consist of, regardless of what that might mean in the face of oppression. I do not identify or label myself as an activist, but that’s just because I care- and I think everyone should, activist or not. I fight for my freedom by being myself.” – Aaron Philip @aaron___philip
It’s no secret that Black trans women are murdered at an astronomical rate in this country. Instead of putting her own two cents in on the topic, Miley allowed Black, trans, disabled model Aaron Philip to speak for themselves. They said, “[I] do not identify or label myself as an activist, but that’s just because I care- and I think everyone should, activist or not. I fight for my freedom by being myself.”
The Overall Message
Overall, Miley’s message seems to be one that she learned from her mama. She’s saying, be who the f*ck you are, society is going to have some shit to say about it anyway. There is also the trope that your body is your own. No matter what constraints men or the government may try to place upon women, we’re going to fight like hell against them.