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Miley Dropping the Cyrus, But Not the Privilege

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Miley Dropping the Cyrus, But Not the Privilege

Is Miley Cyrus racially insensitive, or is she just being blunt? (Ph: Celebuzz)
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We’ll say one thing: Miley Cyrus (and her newish Iggy-Azealea-cum-early-Brigitte-Neilsen look) won’t stay out of the headlines lately. In a preview of her upcoming interview with Notion magazine, she reveals that she’s been “thinking about dropping the Cyrus and just being Miley,” a move first predicted by her (psychic?) friend Lesley in the lyrics to her 2007 hit “See You Again.”

She goes on to say that “people have this misconception of me that I’m just one of these kids on TV and that now I go off and party and I’m just this ratchet white girl. I’m not. I work really really hard, I’m just in a different environment. I’m young and living and in L.A., which is everyone’s dream, you know.” Perhaps this quote was taken out of a greater context that will be revealed when the magazine hits newsstands in August, but we’re fairly sure that no one sees Miley as remotely “ratchet” in spite of her more recent (t)werk to push her image in that direction. We’re also not sure that anyone is accusing Miley of not working hard, although if she’s trying to let go of the privileged-party-girl schtick, avoiding drawling “mahhh-lly” references might help more than a last-name drop. The songwriters responsible for “We Can’t Stop,” Rock City, quoted Miley earlier this year as saying she wanted an “urban” or “black” sound for the single, a sound bite which drew some criticism for its offhanded tone of tokenism and shallow reappropriation.

Pour one out for Miley’s less “turnt” days of yore: