Miley Cyrus Just Made a Superb Point About Nipple Hypocrisy

August 27th 2015

Laura Donovan

Miley Cyrus, a well-documented supporter of the #FreetheNipple movement and advocate for female nudity, wore pasties underneath a sparkly open cape during a Wednesday appearance of "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

The 22-year-old, who is hosting this year's MTV Video Music Awards, noted the insanity of the fact that many are uncomfortable with nipples even though every person has these body parts.

"Humans aren't afraid of the human breast," she said. "It's the nipple that's the issue ... I'm showing my boobs [right now in these pasties] and no one has a problem because the nipples are covered so somehow that's OK. America's actually fine with tits. It's nipples they don't like... The nipple, you can't show, everyone has, but the jug part that everyone doesn't, you're allowed to show under-boob."

Cyrus was likely taking a dig at Instagram, which has censored her nipple photos before. Late last year, she posted a topless photo of herself with the caption, "Some lame a** deff gonna (flag) dat (s***) but f********k it #practicewhatchupreach #FreeTheNipple #freedats***." As expected, Instagram deleted that image.

Cyrus didn't let Instagram push her around, though. She went on to post other subtle photos of her nipple on Instagram a few months later:


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During Wednesday's sit down, Kimmel asked Cyrus what her famous father Billy Ray Cyrus has to say about how she loves to go topless. Cyrus said he would likely approve as long as she's a good person at heart.

"My dad's cool because I'm sure he'd maybe rather not have me have my tits out all the time, but he'd rather me have my tits out and be a good person than have a shirt on and be a bitch," she said. "I see a lot of people with their clothes on, and they're kind of a--holes. I don't know if it's the clothes that turn you into an a--hole. When you've got your tits out, you can't really be an a--hole. It's like, people are already judging you."

Over the summer, Cyrus made a similar point in her Marie Claire cover story. In the interview, Cyrus noted the problem with pop singer Taylor Swift's music video for "Bad Blood," which is about a rough ending to a friendship. Unlike Cyrus, Swift hasn't eschewed her good girl image, and in the "Bad Blood" video, she and her army of female A-list celebrities team up to take down her frenemy. Cyrus said the video does not send a positive message, and that it's unfair that she has been slut-shamed for wearing revealing or no clothing, while Swift gets away with promoting violence in entertainment.

"I don't get the violence revenge thing," Cyrus said. "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."