Can’t we all just get along? Miley Cyrus thinks we can, especially if her new track “Malibu” (out May 11!) is playing in the background.
The oft-memed 24-year-old artist has changed a lot since 2015’s Dead Petz and haven’t we all? Hasn’t the political climate? Granted, she may not be the first public figure one looks to for political musings, but Cyrus has a lot of thoughts re: the state of the nation. And in an exclusive cover story for Billboard Magazine, she shared them.
First things first, we’ve got to stop alienating people with different political opinions than us. As the article states, the creator of the Happy Hippy foundation for homeless and LGBTQ youth said she was inspired to reach beyond her circle of “outspoken liberals” while on The Voice.
“I like talking to people that don’t agree with me, but I don’t think I can do that in an aggressive way,” says Cyrus. “I don’t think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?”
We do know. And like us, a Bernie (and then Hilary) supporting Cyrus was left pondering, “How am I going to create real change? And not just fucking preach to the choir anymore?”
At least in terms of creative output, her answer is an (as-yet unnamed) upcoming album which sees a much less “extra” Miley get back to her very legit country roots. After all, “Dolly Parton is my fucking godmother.”
“This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not a time to not give a fuck about people,” she says. “I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good — I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back.”
“My record is political,” she acknowledges, “but the sound bite doesn’t stop there. Because you can write something beautiful and you know E! News will ruin our lives and say, ‘This is a political record.’ Because then I’m the Dixie Chicks and I’m getting my album smashed in the streets, and that’s not what I want. I want to talk to people in a compassionate, understanding way — which people aren’t doing.”
Except Gaga. And Bono. And a host of others.
She continues, “I like the way I think right now. But don’t Trump supporters like the way they think? So I’ve also got to be open with the way I approach people with my opinions. That’s the only way to make real change. And it’s not because I want to sell records! I know now the ways that don’t work. Because I went really hard during the election. But at the end of the day, we lost. We won, but because the system is fucked up, we lost. I thought, ‘OK. I learned my lesson on this one.'”
The lesson? So far it seems to be: Espouse love in general, but for God’s sake, ditch the pasties.
“All the nipple pastie shit, that’s what I did because I felt it was part of my political movement, and that got me to where I am now. I’m evolving, and I surround myself with smart people that are evolved.”
Bless you Miley, and your sweet honesty and desire to evolve.