Miley Cyrus Talks Racism, Weed And Getting Ariana Grande To Be ‘A Little Less Sweet’


Whatever corner controversy was hiding in this year, Miley Cyrus did not trail too far behind it. The tongue-wagging, gyrating, no-fucks-giving pop star burst onto the scene in nude spandex with a newfound sense of self and an entourage of giant teddy bears.

While her fourth LP Bangerz received a lukewarm, the singer formerly known as Hannah Montana proves in a new interview with the New York Times that she is one to lead, not follow. See excerpts below.

On racism and feminism:
A. But I didn’t know that I was going to be the only one that was really going to push it like that. It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist, which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: “How do I win? If I have white dancers, then I’m racist. If I have black girl dancers, then I’m racist.” We know we’re not racist, and I know I’m not putting down women. People got a rise out of me saying that I was a feminist, but I am. I’m telling women be whoever you want to be. … My grandma, who is alive, was living in a time where there was no way in hell that she would’ve ever thought there would’ve been a black president. I mean, never. And my grandma’s like, not even 80, so this is in a short period of time that things have changed so much. I really thought about it a lot when Nelson Mandela passed away, because I couldn’t even imagine living this life and seeing how much it’s changed. So, you know, I look forward to when I’m older, my kids being like, “What do you mean people ever even talked about what color your dancers were?”

On her encounter with Ariana Grande:
I don’t have a bunch of celeb friends, because I feel like some of them are a little scared of the association. This is terrible. I was backstage with [the rising pop star] Ariana Grande. I’m like, “Walk out with me right now and get this picture, and this will be the best thing that happens to you, because just you associating with me makes you a little less sweet … She’s trying. I see her wearing the shorter things. She comes in, and she goes, “This made me feel like you.” And I’m like, “That was like my sixth grade prom dress.” She’s, I think, still on Nickelodeon. She has people that she has to kind of respect.

The Smilers’ leader also talks introducing Joe Jonas to pot, not wanting her sister to smoke weed and sets the record straight on a Vogue cover that was allegedly pulled because of her raunch fest at the VMAs. Read on here.