The Best Comment I’ve Seen…ANYWHERE…about this Miley Cyrus…debacle.
""I’m from one of the wealthiest counties in America," she says. "I know what I am. But I also know what I like to listen to. Look at any 20-year-old white girl right now – that’s what they’re listening to at the club. It’s 2013. The gays are getting married, we’re all collaborating. I would never think about the color of my dancers, like, ‘Ooh, that might be controversial.’ What do you mean?" she says with a laugh. "Times are changing. I think there’s a generation or two left, and then it’s gonna be a whole new world."
I have no love for this woman or her work but I thank her for saying this.
All the pieces on her, including the ones lately on Jezebel, come from a place of such race-wanking, old-fashioned bigotry, that it’s surprising more people haven’t called the writers out on it.
A white person listens to and loves music that black people happen to make and picks up style and language cues from the practitioners of that sound! STOP THE PRESSES, I SMELL APPROPRIATION!!!
On one side, you have racists decrying this white girl for being “ghetto” or “thugging out” or being a “wigger”. On the other side, you have racists decrying this white girl for “appropriation”, and “minstrelsy”.
And both sides are full of shit.
If she’s appropriating or using a black sub-culture, then so was every goddamn white artist of the past 60 years in American and English rock and pop music. She’s no different. And I refuse to get pissy and self-righteous as a black person because she’s mining the sound, style, and language of a sub-culture. That happens all the time INCLUDING within the larger black culture, which is not all the same, for those of you who didn’t know and think she’s stealing from “blacks”. She’s stealing from SOME blacks. Not all of us. And that’s no different than various black acts from boring middle class backgrounds who suddenly went “ghetto” to get recording contracts and attention. (I will say she’s as guilty of thinking of blacks as a mono-culture as some, if not most, of her critics are.)
I’m immune to the bullshit being thrown by both sides that only shows the people saying it are entrenched in narrow-minded and frankly silly ideas of how young people see themselves. A lot of race-wanking for profit is all I see them doing”
- From a user, “Eileen Gray” on this Jezebel trash…sorry, I mean article -> http://jezebel.com/miley-cyruss-antics-are-being-encouraged-by-black-peop-1377352058
I think that the greatness of the comment peaks with this sentiment:
And that’s no different than various black acts from boring middle class backgrounds who suddenly went “ghetto” to get recording contracts and attention. (I will say she’s as guilty of thinking of blacks as a mono-culture as some, if not most, of her critics are.)
I, for one, am ready for this discussion to be over. When Jay-Z & Kanye dubstepped their way to success in Paris, nobody accused them of appropriating. Everyone, chill.