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Miley Cyrus Just Slammed the Media for its Sexist Hypocrisy

Singer Miley Cyrus, who has received ample criticism since she drastically changed her image from Disney sweetheart to VMA twerker and tongue wagger two years ago, called out Hollywood's unfair double standards regarding this shift in a new interview with Marie Claire.

After cutting off all her hair a few years ago, Cyrus released a single called "We Can't Stop," which sparked controversy due to her apparent reference to the drug Molly. Speaking to Marie Claire, Cyrus said that it's absurd that she was vilified for singing about drugs while male rappers do the same thing without backlash.

 

"There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it," she told the magazine. "Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he's cool. I do it and I'm a druggie whore."

Why Cyrus thinks she might have it harder than other women

Cyrus, who was heavily mocked for twerking during her 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke, also pointed out the problem with fellow musician Taylor Swift's music video for "Bad Blood." The song, which is about the betrayal of a friend, was inspired by Swift's well-documented war with former buddy Katy Perry. Unlike Cyrus, Swift hasn't abandoned her good girl image (or been consequently shamed for it), and in the "Bad Blood" video, she gathers her clique of A-list female celebrities to take down her frenemy, portrayed by Selena Gomez. This video, Cyrus said, is very violent and off-putting. Cyrus added that it's unfair that she has been slut-shamed for posing sexually in the past while Swift has gone mostly unscathed in the media despite promoting so much violence in the video below.


"I don't get the violence revenge thing," Cyrus says. "That's supposed to be a good example? And I'm a bad role model because I'm running around with my titties out? I'm not sure how titties are worse than guns."

Cyrus' campaign for equality

Despite Cyrus' complaints about double standards, nothing has stopped her from remaining true to herself or publicly giving back to causes about which she's passionate. Earlier this year, Cyrus said that she doesn't identify with any gender and went on to launch a two-week Instagram campaign titled InstaPride to celebrate "transgender and gender expansive people from around the country."

Cyrus also shared two photos of a young individual named Leo who participated in the movement:

Cyrus told Paper magazine this year that she's dated females as seriously as she dated former fiancé Liam Hemsworth and ex-boyfriend Nick Jonas, but that those never made news.

"I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl," Cyrus said. "I've had [serious relationships with women], [b]ut people never really looked at it, and I never brought it into the spotlight."