Miley Cyrus in O-Mighty in Brooklyn

Posted on August 23, 2013



Miley Cyrus spotted outside a recording studio in Brooklyn, New York in an O’Mighty ‘G Thang’ bodysuit paired with cutoff shorts.

We’re usually supportive of your wilder style choices because hey, you’re young, rich, and famous. Why the hell not, amirite? But this shit’s kinda trashy-looking. “Meth-head” is not a style, dear. Clean it up just a skosh. And by that we don’t mean “pile on thousands and thousands of dollars of attention-seeking jewelry.” That’s actually the worst part. You look like you’re heading to the pawn shop with that shit.


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  • Griffinqueen

    Gross…just gross. Does her necklace say “Troll”? Cuz that’s all I’m seeing.

    • padma sallah

      I think it says “Doll”. But I had to squint really hard to see so I might be wrong.

  • Britney

    How about we talk about the shirt she’s wearing and how it’s vaguely racist?

    • sugarkane105

      It is?

    • Chartreusite

      I was about to say, I’m no expert on different forms of cultural fashion, but this getup feels vaguely appropriative annnnnnnd she’s been knocked for that kind of thing before.

      • Rand Ortega

        Ohh… So like Pat Boone racist not Rush Limbaugh racist? Ok. I see it. But, I don’t know. The kids today don’t think about the lines the generation before them had to consider to survive & hang on to cultural identity. Respectful homage or malicious flouting theft? Tough call. Interesting perspective, but difficult to determine.

        • NinjaCate

          It’s not that tough. I do agree that she probably thinks “Racism is OVER! Black President!” so doesn’t get the problem with it.

        • StellaZafella

          I don’t know about racism…I’m not qualified to say…but I get a whiff of Poseur/Poseuse when I see this kind of cultural stuff, especially in clothing (I’m loath to call this fashion).

          • sugarkane105

            Yeah, I’m not so quick to throw the word “racist” around, especially when I’ve seen real, unsettling examples of it here in the deep south. I don’t think Miley’s intending to hurt any feelings with her outfits and behavior, and we have to remember that she’s what, 20? She’s guaranteed to fuck up in the eyes of others sometimes.

            The shorts ARE an affront to the very delicacy of my nature, however.

        • Let it out

          Pat Boone racist is spot on. I just don’t think the “kids” today believe they live in a post-racial society. Miley Cyrus is old enough and smart enough to know better than this. I think she’s likely taking some bad advice from friends and/or handlers. But malicious or not, she’s responsible for being ignorant and offensive. Pity.

          • Rand Ortega

            Well said.

        • Chartreusite

          Agreed, that’s kind of why I was hedging when I said it. It’s a huge gray area for a lot of people and can get heavily heated (the school I go to is VERY invested in conversations on this and it can lead to a lot of social conflict) especially since I don’t think there’s any ill-intent behind it. I admire Miley for going there with her style and fashion, but it does bring up a lot of talk. I don’t have an answer or a declarative statement behind it, just that it might make some people uncomfortable and she probably doesn’t know any better.

          • Rand Ortega

            Well, she IS a celebrity. This, & any, kind of talk is catnip to her ilk. Again. Tough call. If she’s ignoring the history that leads to the criticism of appropriation, & like a few posters have attested, getting defensive, she’s not cool. white friends back in the day wore BK’s & Kangols because they WORSHIPED LL like Jesus on the Mount.

          • Sarah

            I’m with you on that one. As much as I’m loath to have anything in common with Miley, who I think is insensitive at best, and ignorant at worst, I grew up on and am still a Huge Fan of Doctor Dre, and my t-shirt with his face on it was purchased at his show. And I’m as white as the driven snow, so having a piece of memorabilia from an artist I enjoy doesn’t make me racist, I don’t think. Now, I do get annoyed with kids who have NO IDEA what the street is like glorifying what it is to be “gangsta” but at the end of the day, the people who they are learning from today are teaching them that that means “getting paid” and drinking high-end liquors, while having a lot of sex. So, maybe she does just that on her own time, and thinks a “G Thang” = huge amounts of $$$ jewelry.

          • RebeccaKW

            I agree with you. I think it’s one thing to wear a piece of clothing featuring an artist you love, whatever his race. And another to appropriate a cultural item. It is a song lyric from very popular song. If it was a Dre concert shirt or something, would there be an issue?

        • The entire appropriation conversation makes my teeth itch. Which in turn somehow makes me seem culturally insensitive, which in turn really pisses me off. I am a One Love, Equality for All kind of person, who can’t wrap her head around “You can’t dress like____ because you’re not _____” Somehow that feels just as closed minded as “You can’t date____because you’re not____”, etc. Where does the line get drawn and who draws it?

          • Rand Ortega

            Maybe when those who makes the rules isn’t 1 group who got there & fight to stay there through unfair practices based on arbitrary, unfair factors like race or sex or orientation. We’re getting there, but considering the inequities that still exists, whether it’s judicial (marriage equality in only 12 of the 50 states; African Americans sentenced to 60% harsher sentences than whites for the same crimes, Stop & Frisk, though statistically ineffective, targets people of color disproportionately to whites; “Papers, please” laws in AZ; draconian laws against a woman’s right to choose) or cultural (1 African American woman showrunner in TV out of 140 shows on network & cable; 3 African American men directed movies out of 250 released this year; no Hispanic leads in TV drama greenlit this year, et al– the stereotypical “Devious Maids” is considered a comedy) we’re definitely not there yet.

          • We are definitely not there yet. Not by a long shot. And your comment makes me wanna go punch a white man in the face. : )
            I will marinate on the fact that sense we are so far from actual equality, as opposed to personal feelings on equality, that maybe the “you can’t dress….” comes from that place. Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Have a great weekend!

          • Rand Ortega

            You’re an absolute doll! You’re 1 of the reasons why this site is my favorite. As next week is the half centenary of the MLK March On Washington, it’s both sad to see the parallels of those days & today’s struggles like the aforementioned S&F, sentencing & the voter suppression laws going into effect in NC, TX, FL, et al.; but also so wondrous to know & witness people of all races, sexes & orientations who are fighting together to realize Dr. King’s vision & live up to the ideals of our Constitution.

          • That was the sweetest thing to say, thank you. I really appreciated your articulate and factual argument. I tend to run on emotions and it’s always nice to have a cool head present a nonemotional response.

          • sugarkane105

            I totally agree.

          • conniemd

            Great point. I get the analogy totally and believe Miley can dress however she likes without accusations of raism or cultural insensitivity.

    • mmebam

      How so?

      • Ruthie O

        Lots of racial justice writers have been critiquing Miley Cyrus for constantly appropriating black fashion. Do some googling.* Racialicious is a good place to start.

        *I’m not directing you to google to be bitchy or passive aggressive. It’s just that other writers have said it better than I can, and I don’t think we can post links here.

        • Introspective

          word. she also tried to go off on a black blogger (Kid Fury) on twitter in the midst of the media dialogue about her newfound (and rather inauthentic) appropriation of black/hip hop culture, which did not go over well at all and made her sound even more racist.

          • Rand Ortega

            Oh. Well, my theory’s all shot to Hell. Thanks for the update.

        • CatherineRhodes

          Not sure I understand why wearing “black fashion” is somehow appropriating it. If an urban black kid wants to wear chinos, topsiders and a polo, is he appropriating white preppy fashion? I’m uncomfortable with one group claiming a territory and saying “this is ours and only people who look like us can wear it.” Isn’t that somehow more racist?

          • marlie

            Actually, YES, if an urban black kid wore chinos, topsiders and a polo, they WOULD be considered to be appropriating white preppy fashion, at least to many of their peers/other urban black kids.

            Black fashion has evolved over the years as ways for some blacks to create an identity that “belongs” to them, and it “belongs” to them in a way, just like other clothing items are culturally specific to certain groups of people.

            It’s one thing for someone who is NOT of that background to wear or model themselves after said clothing as an homage, out of respect, or just because they like it – at an appropriate time and place (as much as I like saris, I’m not wearing them to go to work or to the supermarket, but to a friend’s Indian wedding, sure).

            All that to say, no, it’s NOT more racist, because “preppy white kids” didn’t create that cultural identity in an attempt to HAVE an identity where one didn’t really exists before.

          • rajf

            Your last sentence sums it up beautifully. I’m not sure that imitating anything about the privileged majority really counts as appropriation.

          • marlie

            Aw, thanks. And here I was thinking that I wasn’t able to clearly articulate my POV because of “weekend brain.” 🙂

          • fursa_saida

            Yes. This. Exactly. It’s not just about everybody can only wear “their own” stuff. It’s that the groups in question are not yet in equal positions of power. If a non-white person dresses in ways that are generally associated with whiteness, they have a lot of concrete reasons why they might need to–say, a job interview. I think we can all admit that if an Indian woman came into an interview to be an office assistant wearing a sari, she’s probably not going to get the job. More generally, it can help a person get by in a white-dominated society; it’s a kind of assimilation. But if a white person puts on a sari or a Native headdress or this sort of thing, it’s being done for kicks, and it’s turning meaningful cultural traditions and artifacts into a costume.

            Add in the fact that non-white people pay real consequences for dressing in “ethnic” ways that white people don’t (Miley can run around in a grill and just be experimenting, but a few pictures of Trayvon Martin with one circulate during the Zimmerman trial and suddenly it’s proof that he was a thug and Zimmerman had reason to fear for his life; Muslim women in burqas get shamed and harassed constantly, but Lady Gaga throws one on for a single and is an edgy artiste) and it gets a lot heavier than just “let’s all wear what we want.”

          • Rand Ortega

            Brilliant. Just. Brilliant.

          • fursa_saida

            🙂 Thank you!

          • rajf


          • Rand Ortega

            Oh, dear. You’re uncomfortable w/ 1 group claiming a territory? But isn’t that what this country & its majority has done since it’s inception? There was a time when artists like Little Richard couldn’t get his records played so Pat Boone would appropriate his songs & those of African American artists for mainstream (white) acceptance. Artists of color still fight against that practice to this day, whether its Shonda Rhimes having to change Meredity Grey’s race to get “Grey’s Anatomy” greenlit to the whitewashing of movies, i.e. “The Last Airbender”. Which is why there’s a sensitivity when people like Miley Cyrus appear to not be sensitive to that history.

          • mmebam

            This is kind of where I am, as a black woman who has been called an Oreo many times.

            I think the main problem with Miley Cyrus, as a whole, is that she is still trying to figure out who she is. So, many things that she wears and/or does seem attention seeking and inauthentic. So, it’s hard for me to take her seriously and, subsequently, call her racist.

            On the other hand, I do empathize with the article entitled “Let’s Get Ratchet” on the Racialicious website.

          • CatherineRhodes

            I don’t think a black person is obligated to “dress black” or a white person to “dress white” — whatever those terms actually mean. Let’s just be individuals and take our fashion inspiration where we find it.

          • Rand Ortega

            That’s not the issue.The issue is cultural appropriation & how those privileged by the institutionalized inequities that exist in this country to this day take the dress or music or other aspect of identity of those they oppress for profit or for an illusory attempt at street cred, et al. Given the history of such appropriation from Al Jolson in blackface to Johnny Depp in redface, to glibly say “let’s just be individuals” when so many whites profit from racist caricatures, racial tropes, not to mention blatantly ripping off the culture of people of color, is disingenuous. Those examples do include Miley Cyrus, who uses the dress, music & dance moves of African Americans in her video as props rather than because of any respect or admiration for the culture she’s using. That said, as a 20 year old privileged young woman who seems to want desperately to be Rihanna, I don’t think she understands the magnitude of her oeuvre or what it means in the context of history.

          • If that’s the issue, why isn’t everyone yelling at Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, who have both spent their entire careers mimicking specific black R&B singers and African-American musical styles to great effect? Why is Miley getting so much shit here for wearing a tacky bodysuit with a song lyric on it? And if the song lyric was from Motown (“Ain’t nothing like the real thing,” for instance) would that also get so much flack?

          • Rand Ortega

            Because there’s a difference between homage aka blue eyed soul (which I’m not entirely in favor of since that does go slightly into Pat Boone territory w/ lesser consequence & severity–though if you touch my Simply Red CD’s I’ll cut you) & using base stereotypes to try to be & capitalize on something that you’re not. It’s not just about this outfit; it’s about taking cultural identity to encompass your work, grinding those elements to its lowest common denominator for shock value & presenting it for your sole profit. If the world were fair & there were more positive examples of African American culture in the mainstream, maybe there wouldn’t be such an outcry. But given the historical context of these actions & its effect on the collective consciousness, I take issue w/ her behavior since it has such a large impact. & don’t you think it’s a positive sign that we’re debating cultural appropriation & what it means in the advancement of American culture rather than giving anyone a pass? As for JT– funny guy on SNL, cute in a couple of movies, but musically– a poseur, nothing more. Same for Beiber– male Miley. If the picture were of him I’d say the same thing.
            PS: I get it. She’s 20. She’s rebelling against a very constrictive, wholesome life by embodying the absolute polar opposite of what she had to be for many years. When I was 20 I wanted to be Adam Ant & have the photos of me cavorting around NYC in silver lipstick, feather braids & war paint to prove it. But whether I was too ignorant or too oblivious, I didn’t justify stealing the look of a guy stealing Native American cultural memes like she’s doing about her ‘right’ to appropriate what she believes is black culture.

          • futurenicole

            Word. Miley suddenly just started appropriating black/hip-hop fashion and music out of nowhere. Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake (as a solo artist — not as a member of *NSYNC, granted) have always worked within traditionally black musical genres, and they have not crassly appropriated black/hip-hop fashion. They seem to have some awareness and respect, whereas Miley seems to not give a fuck how offensive she’s acting. Perhaps she’s even enjoying it.

          • So if she’d done her appropriating more slowly, it would have been okay? What about Bieber? Did he appropriate black culture on a respectful schedule?

          • futurenicole

            I really don’t follow the Biebs at all, but wasn’t he a protege of Usher? My main point is just that, for Miley, this interest in black/hip-hop fashion and culture feels totally out-of-nowhere, very put-on, and rather flippant — and I think that’s what’s making people react to her so negatively. Girl can do whatever she wants, but she’s gonna get some backlash.

          • “Because there’s a difference between homage … & using base stereotypes to try to be
            & capitalize on something that you’re not.”

            Okay, but how is that distinction made? How is it applied universally and consistently? And why isn’t Justin Bieber called a racist more often?

          • Rand Ortega

            While I’m not an ethicist, nor an art/music critic, I think the best way to identify a standard for determining what is homage & what is racist would be:
            Producing a video that has the lead white performer orbiting base racial stereotypes only while wearing white–racist.

            Producing a video w/ a song with rape referencing lyrics that blatantly rips off a black artist that has women parading around naked like objects while the lead white male performer is fully clothed– Pat Boone 21st century version (2.0?) racist & sexist.
            (Side note: Robin Thicke just went to court to ‘protect’ said song from the Estate of Marvin Gaye, who complained the song rips off MG’s “Got To Give It Up”. 25 years ago, Ray Parker Jr. had to pay Huey Lewis millions because he was found guilty of ripping off “I Want A New Drug” for the “Ghostbusters” theme. Will justice be fair to Marvin Gaye as it was to Huey Lewis?)

            Producing a video/song/artistic expression that doesn’t use, abuse & disparage people or their cultural identity i.e. music, clothing, mode of speech, or bodies, et al as superficial props, butts of jokes, examples of why a specific race is less than or evil, etc.– homage.

            As for Beiber, I have no idea why he’s not called racist more often. It might be because he’s so untalented, ineffectual & harmless he’s not worth the effort. Like swatting a gnat w/ a steamroller.

          • fursa_saida

            People do and have object to the appropriation of traditionally black music by people like JT; it’s just that this post wasn’t, initially, really dealing with that as a phenomenon. We’re responding to these images and, by natural association, to Miley’s recent actions, which show a generally ugly pattern. But in general:

            People object to the massive white-ification of rock, but at this point it’s such a lost cause that it isn’t discussed that often except in cases like music journalists asking black people in rock whether they feel weird about being in a white genre and we all have to close our eyes and hiss because WOW. People object to the appropriation of black musical aesthetics in soul and pop also, but similarly at this point it’s mostly over (though not as far as rock, which has been so heavily claimed by white culture that as I just said, black people in the genre are seen as anomalies); moreover, pop has become more of a fusion of black and white styles than it is a purely white takeover of black music. On the flip side, this same transformation is starting to creep into hip-hop and a lot of people are really, really not cool with it, and that discussion is much more active because it’s still in the early stages.

            Motown is actually a really interesting point to raise, because it was a site of exchange between white and black cultures during the civil rights era. It was a moment where black music became socially acceptable among white people on a broad scale in a way that hadn’t happened so much before (there were white blues, jazz, and ragtime fans, but at the time that those genres were current in a way that they aren’t now the white fans were a much smaller, more geographically/culturally isolated group). Motown has been admitted into the canon of respectable American music in a way hip-hop hasn’t yet; hip-hop is widespread and has lots of white fans, but it gets concern-trolled almost constantly, and Motown, most of which (at least the popular canon) is about love and other socially harmless subjects, doesn’t. It did, I think, at the time (though to be honest I’m not sure if it was equivalent to what happens now with hip-hop, but I don’t really know for sure so I’ll leave that point there), but that white suspicion is gone now. So no, I don’t think we’d be having the same reaction if it were a Motown lyric, but the meaning and context would be different in that situation. The two aren’t the same solely on the basis of both being black/originally-black genres.

          • I’m afraid I find most of the distinctions you’re claiming here to be wholly arbitrary. Miley is getting singled out for actions that would never even be commented upon if other people were doing them (as they have, many times over). It’s exactly like Lena Dunham getting a boatload of shit for not having a racially diverse television show even though the entire history of television is composed almost entirely of shows that weren’t racially diverse. It’s yet another woman getting slammed for doing things countless men have done before and even continue to do.

          • Britney

            Man, this conversation got really really good… Just, totally good discussion going on.

            In my opinion, the reason Robin Thicke, Biebs, JT and etc etc don’t get called out more on it, quite honestly, is also a bit of a sexism issue. I would group Lena in that as well, because yeah, nobody bitched about Sex and the City not being racially diverse TV, or if they did, I missed it. Although that was before the age of social media, so I have a feeling that has a lot to do with all of the flack Lena gets. It’s a bit more acceptable in our society to just outwardly talk shit about women, I guess? Another example of that would be the straight up hate that Skylar White (and thus the actress portraying her) get on Breaking Bad for LITERALLY being the moral voice of reason? I mean, I don’t know. I feel partially responsible here, because I’ve never come onto these boards and wondered if Biebs and JT were wearing vaguely racist attire, but I would argue that… yes, they are using their white privilege to appropriate aspects of black culture? I mean, you look at the Superbowl incident with JT and Janet Jackson (and this may be a bit off point, but…) who took the flack for that incident? Janet did, unequivocally. JT denied he knew it was going to happen and Janet was eviscerated for it.

            I just want to say, for the record, that this is all Tumblrs fault. I saw one too many posts talking about Miley twerking and how she was appropriating black culture and how a black woman, in her position, would not be getting the sort of attention that she is and what have you. It is just… a fine line I think. My fiance asked me (when I was talking about this conversation) if him wearing a Dr. Dre shirt would be seen as racist. He is as white as white can get, but he also grew up listening to Wu Tang and Dre and he loves hip hop. Absolutely loves and appreciates it. So why would him wearing things that pay homage to it or celebrate that culture be seen as racist? Which… is a great question! I just don’t know the answer to that. Especially because some people would see him (and Miss Cyrus’ attire here) and be offended by it and some wouldn’t?

            And now I am here, full circle, with zero conclusions. Wonderful.

          • Domo_Konnichiwa

            We knew a kid who played World of Warcraft with my husband and I who got into a big conversation with us about how he dressed. He wore predominantly skater type clothes, and would constantly get shit for, essentially, abandoning his “culture”. It didn’t make sense to us because, me being Lithuanian, Croatian, and Czech, I’m not forced to take on the role of any of those cultures. I’m too far removed from it having lived in America for so long. I was 13 when The Chronic came out and loved that album. This kid really like Imogen Heap. Why should he be shackled to what others define as his culture? How in the world, especially when our world is getting so much smaller, can we truly become post-racial when everyone looks at everything as something involved with race?

          • rajf

            I would agree that sexism has something (much?) to do with who gets called out on racism, but that doesn’t negate the argument that her attire is racist…particularly in the context of her other behavior. It seems to me that the fact that Justin Bieber gets away with what Miley can’t is an illustration of sexism rather than popularity (although my perception is based on a sense that Bieber is mocked about as much as Miley Cyrus is, and I could be wrong about that).

          • Catiline

            I’m normally all over gendered double standards, but I think it’s way off base to say that gender is the reason she catches more shit than Robin Thicke. Thicke, whatever else you can say for him, spent 10+ years courting a majority black audience before he crossed over with Blurred Lines. He’s written and produced songs for black artists, talks up his black wife at every opportunity, and candidly admits she has experiences he never will as a white man. None of that is a free pass on any bullshit he might pull (and it wasn’t a couple of years ago when he gave some sketchy quotes to Essence and got rightfully called on it, just as Miley gets called on her offensive quotes now), but it’s not arbitrary to draw a line between that and Miley’s overnight “ratchetness”. It’s not a question of how fast or slow someone appropriated; it’s that Thicke appears to actually give a shit about the core audience of the genre he’s working in.

            To boil it down further, Thicke’s spent most of his career performing a predominantly black musical form for black audiences, while Miley is performing her stereotypical idea of blackness to seem edgy to white audiences.

          • I don’t think gender is the only reason she catches more shit. I also think popularity has a whole hell of a lot to do with it as well.

          • I think being Southern also plays a part. She sounds like a bumpkin. Well now a ratchet bumpkin.

          • shelbywoo

            Where I see the difference in the appropriation is Justin Timberlake grew up with hip hop and R&B music. No one had to tell him about Al Green two weeks ago, or Charlie Wilson 3 months ago. He’s known 70s soul singers, as much as 80s funk and 90’s hip hop.
            Miley’s first mainstream hit was about partying to a Jay Z song and when interviewed about it she said she had never heard one, really. That’s a mess. That was only 4 years ago. Jay Z has had hits before that, probably even been at the same awards and preformed there and she was so oblivious to hip hop that she couldn’t even name a Jay Z song? But now she’s so into hip hop, black music and twerking? Nah

            It’s entirely possible she really does love twerking but she reminds me more of Christina’s Aguilera’s Stripped/Can’t Hold us down ratchet moment, than she does someone with an honest love of R&B/Hip Hop music. She’s in it because it’s oh so edgy and it gets her attention.

          • “Where I see the difference in the appropriation is Justin Timberlake
            grew up with hip hop and R&B music. No one had to tell him about Al
            Green two weeks ago, or Charlie Wilson 3 months ago. He’s known 70s
            soul singers, as much as 80s funk and 90’s hip hop.”

            Justin Timberlake is a white former mouseketeer (i.e., a Disney child star, just like Miley) who spent the first 5 to ten years of his music career singing bubblegum pop before signing on with some smart producers who helped him recraft his image as a blue-eyed soul singer. In other words, he did pretty much exactly what Miley’s doing now.

            Is it so odd for someone her age to suddenly develop new music interests? The number of sheltered white kids who discovered hip hop and rap right around their college years is astronomical.

            I don’t deny that Miley’s an attention-seeking ass and that most of what she does is a massive put-on generated to keep people talking about her and make her more money. I’m not arguing for her street cred here. I’m also not claiming that her understanding of African-American cultural history is anything but lacking. I just think she’s continually being singled out for behavior that’s either rampant in the entertainment industry or fairly common for college-age white kids.

          • shelbywoo

            As a mouseketeer he was singing covers of pop hits but also, Jodeci. When he was coming up, Destiny’s Child was popular too. Michael Jackson in an obvious influence(point of appropriation) even from NSYNC days. I don’t believe random producers in 2002 were his first introduction to Black music, whereas with Miley there’s no convincing she knew or cared anything about it before 2012.

            In my estimation she’s not singled out any more (overall) than Timberlake, Biebs, or Robin Thicke. She’s just the newest and most outrageously ignorant version of appropriation of it. Miley was living with her boyfriend years ago, in LA, I think. She may be many things but sheltered aint it. Were she just some random hick college student whose new black friend taught her to twerk it wouldn’t be a big deal at all to me. The fact that white media is acting like she’s even doing twerking correctly and that her whole new persona is white twerker with horrible hair and a thrushy tongue hanging out is just irritating.

          • ” I don’t believe random producers in 2002 were his first introduction
            to Black music, whereas with Miley there’s no convincing she knew or
            cared anything about it before 2012.”

            This is one hundred percent something you’re layering onto both celebrities, independent of much in the way of evidence.

            Not that I’m asking for evidence, but at least recognize that a good portion of your argument seems to be “Miley is racist and Justin isn’t because that’s just how I see it.” Which, fine. I won’t argue that point.

          • shelbywoo

            Oh I recognize it. I’m not even saying old girl is a racist. I’m just saying I don’t believe outside of the shock value it causes she has an interest in Black Music.

            You asked why Miley gets so much shit. She gets shit from me because I believe this is a put on for attention. I believe her and her new producers know if she twerks she’ll get attention for it. But not only is she taking something black women were judged negatively for and basing her new style on it, along with pedobears, she’s singing horribly besides.

          • “You asked why Miley gets so much shit.”

            To be more clear, I was asking why Miley gets called a racist for doing things other, mostly male, performers have done without getting called racist.

          • Catiline

            Because I think even Timberlake approached the genre with a tiny bit more humility? Miley’s comments like “I was Lil Kim in a past life” and “they’re trying to make me the white Nicki Minaj” aren’t just a white girl exploring a genre that’s new to her; it’s comparing herself to black artists who have years of experience/talent on her. Timberlake, as I recall, didn’t bust out of the gate claiming to have been Luther Vandross in a past life or anything so presumptuous.

            I think Miley

          • This conversation keeps getting further and further afield from the original question I asked, which was specifically about the bodysuit she’s wearing in the above pictures and how it’s considered racist of her to wear it.

            And “humility” isn’t a word I think I’d ever associate with Timberlake.

          • Catiline

            I’m sorry. I truly don’t mean to wander afield. I thought it was in-bounds to apply the context of someone’s general persona/life situation to the particular outfit they’re wearing. My opinion is that’s what people are doing with Miley, and that’s why she catches more shit for the shirt she’s wearing here; because it’s a part of the way she has generally approached her hip-hop phase.

            And “humility” isn’t a word I think I’d ever associate with Timberlake.

            Believe me, I know. My point in saying that “even Timberlake” appeared to have more humility is that as much of a douche as he may be, he still handled himself less obnoxiously than Miley is now.

          • I’m not saying it’s out of bounds; just that we’re far from the points and questions I originally posed earlier in the conversation. This conversation started because it was claimed that she was racist for wearing that bodysuit. Now we’re discussing whether she’s racist for a whole range of other actions, from twerking, to tweeting, to the validity of her musical tastes. Which is fine, but I have less and less of an opinion on any of that, the further it gets away from the topic that originally brought me into the conversation.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I have to disagree with you there…if I appropriated ANYTHING from hip-hop culture, it would be racist (also ridiculous). But my daughter, nieces, and nephews grew up with hip-hop … to them, it is the culture of their generation….just like rock and roll (also appropriated) became the the culture of kids in the 50’s and 60’s.

    • Bozhi

      You are the one being racist.

      • fursa_saida

        Reverse racism does not exist. Reverse racism is impossible unless and until white people actually suffer the real consequences that nonwhite people do for their ethnicity. This is nowhere near close to happening. A little discomfort at the idea that we might not all be able to wear anything we want just because we want to without giving a little thought to the context and meaning of what we’re doing does not equate to racial oppression. It just doesn’t.

        • sugarkane105

          “Reverse racism does not exist.”

          Now that’s just horse shit. Just because white people haven’t suffered the way minorities have does not mean black people can’t be racist against whites. I’ve met black people who straight up said “I hate white people.” I mean, cmon. That shit’s racist.

      • Britney

        Ha! You got any sort of intelligent commentary backing that personal attack up?

  • sugarkane105

    I’m no expert, but I don’t believe real “G”s wear oversized diapers that have been sent through the office paper shredder.

    • Little_Olive

      Yeah, someone has been playing at the office, painting her nails with liquid paper, putting paper elastics in her hair, drawing tats with the ink pen and what not.

      • snarkykitten

        Georgia Lass, is that you??

    • Barb Ray

      ^^you win the internet.

  • Jen

    I just can’t with her. And I bet that’s some stupid expensive bracelet pair with shredded crotch shorts….

  • ashtangajunkie

    Oh my gentle Jesus.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Sigh. You know … she always seems happy. She looks healthy. She has enough money not to give one flip what people think. She’s not pole dancing for a movie. She’s just being Miley. I think she’s beyond reproach to some extent.

    • StellaZafella

      True enough…but when did that ever stop us from tut-tutting? Hmmmm? :>)

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Never stops us… EVER!

        • StellaZafella

          I’ve had a minor fantasy about at least one big celeb who knows this site logging on just to look at him/herself and saying things like “God I looked like crap that day…what was I thinking?!?!” or “To the closet,stat! and destroy all beige platform pumps!!!”

          • Little_Olive

            Or firing a queen or two, like we suggest oh so freely.

          • Darren Nesbitt

            I don’t think they care to look at themselves. I’m sure they would rather troll our comments.

      • Kat

        We won’t stop. And we can’t stop.

        • Nicole C

          I hate that I get that.

    • sugarkane105

      I’m usually in disbelief of how often she manages to look bat-shit/gorgeous/fashion-forward in one outfit. This is just a really big misstep for her. I like her “fuck the haters” attitude overall.

    • CatherineRhodes

      I agree with you. She’s an admitted pot aficionado, but other than that, doesn’t seem to be spinning out of control with drugs, drink or the law (think: Britney, Lindsay and so many other child stars). A young woman’s clothes are a great place to rebel.

    • Nataki Vickers

      She’s not pole dancin’ yet. It’s comin’.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Wrong, Miley. It’s definitely more than a G thang.

  • purpleprose78

    We could plop Miley down in 1992 and no one would know she had time traveled.

  • Rand Ortega

    As for the outfit, my niece wears similar outfits when we go out. 20 years ago it was the same uniform. Daisy Dukes & muscle T’s are back, that’s all.

  • Jill

    At least she’s wearing a bra.

  • bassfemme

    White does seem to be her color these days. She’s now old enough to appreciate the irony of her color palette vs. her demeanor. It’s sad, though, watching her desperation. All her attention seeking walkabouts just make her look like the high school girl who got dumped prancing past her ex’s house in slutty regalia.

    • fursa_saida

      Given the way things seem to be going with her and Liam Hemsworth, that’s probably about right.

  • marlie

    She looks ridiculous.

    • StellaZafella

      Considering her age and the current use/meaning of language, I’m sure that can be taken in a way other than you intended it…?

      • marlie

        HA. I suppose that’s true. 😛 She looks ridiculous, and that’s NOT a compliment.

  • NinjaCate

    No. No no no no no. NO.

  • KayEmWhy

    Bless her heart.

  • NoveltyRocker

    The frailty of the typeface on her tank makes it look less a statement and more an amateur iron-on, which is irksome when I think of how much the thing probably cost. But when I looked closer the letters at least appeared properly kerned so there’s that. At least someone paid some attention with the “design.”

  • sethaaron

    I have a superb idea! How about everybody that posted a comment takes a pic of what they are wearing right now and post it, and let’s evaluate? Thought so people!

    • sugarkane105

      Damn. Shit just got real.

    • Tess Danesi

      As I am not venturing out beyond dragging in the recycling bin from my driveway, I feel that my gym attire, which highlights each and every belly roll, is perfectly appropriate.

      • sugarkane105

        Ain’t nothin’ but a gym thang.

        • Tess Danesi

          LOL. Thank you for that! Still giggling.

        • Rand Ortega


        • StellaZafella

          Ain’t nothin’ but a ‘G” string?

          • Tess Danesi

            If there’s not a parody called that, there should be.

          • sugarkane105

            I feel like that would be a more appropriate T-shirt expression for Miley.

    • nannypoo

      Are you suggesting we might look as silly as she does? I can only speak for myself when I say I do not, and I certainly would not walk around outside if I did.

    • Rand Ortega

      But I’m not a multi million dollar celebrity known for my fashion sense who spends 10’s of thousands of $ on my clothes & accessories & paid to put a certain persona out into the public for paparazzi & bloggers alike. How does me or my picture compare? Just curious.

      PS: Seth Aaron Henderson?

      • Tess Danesi

        It doesn’t compare which is why this site is fun and critiquing us regular folk would not be. No money, no stylists, no one throwing thousands of dollars of free clothing at us and no paps stalking us every time we’re in public. It’s just not the same.

        • Rand Ortega

          My point exactly, Tess.

    • Judy_J

      I’d be happy to post a photo right now. I chose a particularly fetching outfit this morning.

    • Griffinqueen

      How about a description? Peasant skirt, black baby tee, silver earrings. Appropriate for a hot California day.

      No bootie shorts, no ridicluous Mr T jewelry, no Lee Press-on nails, no gangsta-wannabe ANYTHING!
      Can you not see the difference?

      P.s. if this is THE Seth Aaron–I love your stuff. You were my favorite all-time PR designer.

    • marlie

      Actually, I look pretty darn cute today, if I say so myself. Skinny jeans (it’s casual Friday around here), a fuchsia t-shirt with some cute details on the cuff of the sleeves, adorable multi-colored ballet flats, and a lightweight scarf around my neck to ward off the office AC chill.

      But I’m a graduate student/office drone who has to buy her own clothes, not a millionaire who has designers begging me to wear their clothes, while at the same time having paparazzi follow me around everywhere I go.

      • filmcricket

        That *does* sound cute. I’m jealous, no snark.

        • marlie

          Thanks! 🙂

      • Rand Ortega

        Go get it, GURL!

      • conniemd

        I just returned from a retirement party where I was wearing black skinny pants by Elisabeth (Liz Claiborne) and a Zac and Rachel black and fushia pleated top and black and silver peep toe heels. While all department store goods, I thought I looked pretty cool for a woman 2 months shy of 60.

    • lobsterlen

      Didn’t TLo once comment on how their email is flooded with emails complete with photos from starlets publicist describing the location of the photo and what the starlets what they are wearing? These stars are begging for the publicity.

    • None of our readers had their publicists contact us with lists of every item they’re wearing that was gifted to them for the express purpose of being photographed wearing it.

      • Denise Alden

        Thank you.

      • Rand Ortega

        You just make it easier & easier to adore you, don’t you?

    • perks were so right! You bet no one will take up your challenge, myself included. But I love her get up here. I simply live it. Period.

      • marlie

        Actually, we’re generally not allowed to post pictures, but I’m sure if we were allowed to, that there would be quite a few takers.

      • sugarkane105

        Your comment history is enlightening. Go home, Miley. You’re drunk.

        • OrigamiRose

          *falls over laughing* Awesome catch 🙂

  • Tess Danesi

    Aggressively ugly shorts. I cannot imagine the rear view – or rather I can and it isn’t something that should venture out of the house. Though I’m pretty sure at her age I wore some micro shorts myself, they just weren’t shredded. Ah, youth.

  • I’m normally in her corner, but she really looks awful and very chipmunky in the first photo. Not a good look at all.

    • Rand Ortega

      “Chipmunky”. Just discovered my word for the day. Gracias!

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    Miley dear,.. you’re not RIRI, please put some pants on. Also your make up artist did a great job!

  • Oh sweetie – Argos catalogue jewellery is not a good look.

  • CatherineRhodes

    Haha, “Meth-head is not a style, dear.”

    She does have a pretty slammin’ body, must note.

    • Rand Ortega


    • filmcricket

      I had to review that horrible Hanna Montana movie, and even back then when she was still kind of coltish it was evident she was going to have good legs. I don’t blame her for wanting to flaunt them, it’s just … those “shorts” are wretched.

  • neonseattle

    Cynthia doll from Rugrats

    • StellaZafella

      I wanna like this several more times! Hee, Hee!
      Shit, now I have THAT theme music stuck in my head…oh well, it’s easier on me than Pocoyo!

  • decormaven

    Didn’t Lil Kim do a look pretty similar to this back in the day?

  • Judy_J

    Gynoshorts again? She must have cornered the market on Monistat.

  • Meredith

    “Drugs”. It’s the first thing I saw when looking at the picture.

  • j_am

    Yeah, it’s terrible… but I kinda love the hair.

  • pattyw

    I’ve never been able to make sense of her engagement ring. Is it three bands in one? A solitaire with ring guards? The design is just odd. On the style front, I don’t know, she cracks me up. Minimally I have to applaud the amount of effort, if not always the results.

  • These shredded shorts are awfully short. Consider how Jessica Simpson or Catherine Bach (the original Daisy Duke) would like in shorts this short, I think the dark roots with dark scrawny pigtails and fake long nails cheapen the whole look.

  • flamingoNW

    Srsly, she wants to be Rihanna, amirite?

  • RandiLu

    I don’t know, it kind of reminds me of ’90s Gwen (obviously not as well) and I can’t hate it as much.

    • sugarkane105

      Thaaat’s who she reminds me of. I knew I had seen that hairstyle elsewhere.

  • alyce1213

    She’s wearing a bra! That’s all I got.

  • steeg of their own

    She really likes that Cartier nail bracelet, doesn’t she? Honey, if it costs $36.5k. it’s not street-cool. It’s pretentious.

    • marlie

      That’s how much it costs?!?! FFS, I need a new line of work.

      • kmk05

        You took the post right out of my fingers -.-

    • Griffinqueen

      Her daddy can pawn it later to send her to rehab.

  • sethaaron

    My point is no matter what you wear there will be some that hate it and some that luv it! Why do people feel the need to put others down? No its not for me, but I’m sure everyone can find one thing about this look that isl positive. If not why say anything? Or at least say it in a non nasty way.

    • Seth Aaron, you’re not new here, so I don’t know why you’re suddenly upset with this thing we’ve been doing all day, every day for seven years now. But if it’s not for you, it’s not for you. Please don’t berate our readers for joining in on the fun here.

      • Denise Alden

        Again, thank you.

    • Rand Ortega

      To paraphrase the old commercial, Why do you think they call it ‘snark’?

    • OrigamiRose

      Psst. It’s “Sausage Friday,” not “Act-Like-a-Sausage Friday.”

  • Judy_J

    I get the feeling that Ms Cyrus grew weary of the wholesome “Hannah Montana” thing, and this is her way of showing the world that she’s nobody’s Miss Goody Two Shoes. However, she does appear to be trying a skosh too hard to prove her point.

    • StellaZafella

      She intentionally killed the HM brand when she did a stripper pole dance at the Kids Choice Awards.

      • Judy_J


  • sagecreek

    Yeah, cute tank, but those shorts and all the chains (and frankly, too many tats) kill that look.

    Don’t hate me, tat people…I think we can all agree that acquiring too many before you’re even 21 might be a mistake.

  • Danielle

    Give that Cartier nail bracelet to me, I’ll put it to good use.

  • kmk05

    The actual thing that horrifies me here are the nails. Oh dear. That, and the fact that the cut-off shorts are high-waisted.

    Love the hair, but Gwen Stefani did it better.

    • Qitkat

      lol. Not that I like a thang about this look, but that is actually her waist, not high-waisted.

      • kmk05

        Haha, anything that doesn’t sit at the hips is high-waisted for me! I meant I wish they were sitting lower. Her legs are to die for in this, though.

    • OrigamiRose

      She borrowed J-Lo’s Lee’s Press-On Nails kit.

      • kmk05

        I hate those Type-Ex nails. They make me sad, I don’t understand how they’re even a trend. The fact that they’re so long here just compounds the cringe factor.

  • Qitkat

    Alley chic.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Nothing says Poseur with a capital P like a schizophrenic mishmash of “edgy” styles: part baller, part punk, part tweaker, part Jersey Shore, and all icky. It’s like she went into Hot Topic and asked someone (a very cruel someone with a sense of humor) what all the kool kids are wearing these days.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Ummm being worth over $125 million bucks and you’re not even 21 yet? That’s pretty fucking gangster Miley so you go on and wear your G shirt and your $36K bracelet while working with some of the hottest African American producers in the music industry INCLUDING the man who rapped the lyric on your shirt (Snoop Dog aka Snoop Lion). Get. It. Girl.

    Can’t believe y’all are throwing out the racist card.

    • sagecreek


    • snarkykitten

      what planet did you appear from?

      • Erica_Vuitton

        Are you not aware of Mike Will Made It or “Ashtrays & Heartbreaks”? From under what rock did you appear from?

    • Rand Ortega

      Can’t believe you have no sense of history. Google cultural appropriation. You’re welcome.

      • Erica_Vuitton

        So being a g is only a black person thing? Cut off short shorts? White tank tops? Rap lyrics? Is she also a racist because her hair is in tiny Anime style pigtails? Does that mean Gwen Steffani is now going to be accused of being a racist for her hair style? Just trying to figure out where we all apparently must agree to point the finger and where not to.

        Also, Google 90’s hip hop female fashion. You’re welcome.

        • Rand Ortega

          Ignoring cultural appropriation, its historical context & its negative impact on people of color doesn’t make it go away. Again, there’s a difference between using base racial stereotypes for shock value & respectful homage. Perhaps when you can determine that difference, which should be your responsibility not mine, you’ll understand why there’s a problem w/ Miley Cyrus’ current meme.

    • Griffinqueen

      You sound like a commercial.

      • Erica_Vuitton

        No, I sound informed about the person I’m criticizing. Looking at who’s she’s been working with, the type of music she’s trying to make, the other hip-hop artists who are having her featured on their songs or in their videos, how high fashion is in a 90’s revival phase anyway, yeah I totally I understand why she’s been experimenting with this particular style lately.

        And I stand firm on this. Having a net worth of over $125 million before you’re 21, no matter what your skin color is, is Gangster with a capital G.

        • “And I stand firm on this. Having a net worth of over $125 million before you’re 21, no matter what your skin color is, is Gangster with a capital G.”

          This makes no sense to me at all. She was born into wealth and handed a career as a child because her daddy was famous. There’s not one thing “gangster” about that. It’s the very definition of privilege.

          • Erica_Vuitton

            I’m talking about her personal net worth from her time as a Disney star.

            ETA: I would also consider The Olsen Twins gangster in this context.

          • Right. And…? How is a privileged wealthy girl “Gangster with a capital G?”

          • Erica_Vuitton

            I think privileged is the wrong word, I really do. Wealthy ok, but Billy Ray had one hit, it’s not like her Dad was Michael Jackson. Plus I don’t think a person who considered themselves privileged would go out and start a career at age 11. So, I would consider it gangster that she was making smart business decisions, owning her brand and her image. Stacking her money instead of spending it. Knowing the right time to make the move away from Disney and into her own style. Continuing to define her personal style, her music style and grow her fan base as she grows up and breaks away from a character people mistake as really her. All while not ever being held on a 5150, shaving her head in fear of drug testing, being in rehab for drug/sex/cutting addiction, been in and out of rehab 6 times with multiple theft and DUI charges (just to throw out how a few other Disney stars turned out).

          • I’m sorry, I can’t even engage with an argument that doesn’t think Miley Cyrus is privileged and doesn’t think she had tremendous help getting her career started because of her father’s name and connections. Sorry, but that’s pure nonsense.

            Your entire argument rests on you choosing your own particular definitions of words (“gangster” “privileged”) instead of using their actual definitions.

          • Erica_Vuitton

            You were asking why she’s gangster. If you don’t want to have a discussion about the actual question you asked that’s fine.

          • I would like to have a discussion with someone who doesn’t decide on her own definitions of words, because that makes discussion totally impossible.

            “She’s gangster because she’s rich” is not a point that can be debated or argued because it makes no sense.

            “She’s not privileged because I don’t think privileged people start their careers at 11” is also not a point because it makes no sense.

            I would like to have a discussion based on actual words, not your own idiosyncratic definitions of them.

          • Erica_Vuitton

            Ok, example of the context of the way I am using this word. I would consider the way the two of you have grown your blog from a free PR recap page into a successful money making book deal to be pretty gangster.

            She’s rich because she had the smart business sense for doing all the above mentioned things. Yes I would say to be gangster you need to have smart business sense. So yes I connect her personal wealth with her own personal success and having such success and being in control of that success at such a young age is pretty gangster and therefore wearing a shirt that says “Ain’t nothin but a G thang” is really no big deal and it’s certainly not racist! Maybe Snoop’s stylist gave her that shirt after they recorded their song together. Who knows.

            I agree ANYONE who’s parents have more money than someone else’s parents are “privileged” over others. But I don’t agree having a famous parent guarantees you a career. You still have to have some skills of your own and you still have to have your own work ethic to keep that career going. I think the negative connotation you’re giving the word isn’t appropriate for this particular star.

          • Again, this is your particular idiosyncratic version of the word. I’ve got nothing to add to it and no way to respond to it. And I don’t think there’s one iota of our success that can be classified as “gangster,” honestly.

          • Erica_Vuitton

            You edited this post after to add that last line, same as the one above too. Sneaky.

          • There’s nothing sneaky about editing a comment to make it more clear.

            If you have nothing left to add to this conversation, best that you drop out of it. I have a low tolerance for bullshit.

          • Erica_Vuitton

            The role was written for a different Disney star, she auditioned for a supporting role on the show and Disney asked her to audition for the lead. You act like the show was conceptualized for her specifically from the get go and that’s not true at all.

          • Who told you that? Miley? Disney? Her publicist? Her parents? Children of celebrities ALWAYS say they had to audition just like everyone else and that their success is entirely independent of their parents. We didn’t think anyone actually believed that stuff.

  • jen

    Is this what happens when people have too much money and free time?? WTF?!

    • sagecreek

      Your icon makes me want to see a scene with Al and Miley in the same room. Ouch!

      • jen

        Hahaha! There would be a whole lot of cocksuckering going on ;D

        • sagecreek

          We just finished up s2, I called my puppy a cocks*cker last night 🙂

          • JDreesen

            totally needed this switch after all the heavy reading above (and the gentle reminder that i have the box set waiting for me in my living room….hmmm…time for a re-romp, perhaps? pun entirely intended). thank you both.

  • MoHub

    This is what happens when one is traumatized by Disney at an early age.

  • crash1212

    Here I was thinking the hair was the worst part.

  • Katesymae

    Crap. The signs have been there, but this makes it official: the ’90s are BACK. This is some purely Stefani/Tank Girl inspired bullshit.

    Don’t these kids know that some of us are still trying to escape the ’90s?!

    • StellaZafella

      Yay! Tank Girl! Maybe Miley will do another chapter of it? seriously, I love that little movie AND Lori Peti (sp?) in the title roll…this look suddenly has a different “bent” to it for me. Thanks!

      • Rand Ortega

        Pa Pa Pa POW! Love Tank Girl! The “Theme From Shaft” when she meets her tank, the musical number in the brothel, the comic book inserts. Her hair, her cutoffs, her love of Doris Day. Funny, it bombed when it came out, now it’s got this cult resurgence I know 2 studio execs that are talking remake.

  • MzzPants

    Add Madonna’s grills and you’d have a complete look!

  • Belvane

    She could save time and just get t-shirts printed that say “I’m all grown up now and have sex. Lots and lots of sex.”

    • OffToSeeHim

      Or just get cut out the middleman and get tattoos that say “Daddy Issues.”

  • Bethany Mishler Barkley-Hanson

    RiRi wanna-be.

  • snarkykitten

    But will she find Gee-Zus in a shocking twist after she shoots her abortion doctor?
    /sorry she looks like Doggett

  • JauntyJohn

    “Gurl PLEASE” — Exactly. Thank you.

    Nobody gets it right every single solitary time, but she can do better than this much wrong.

  • Nataki Vickers

    Po’ baby! She don’ got hole’ of some bad s*#t.

  • Rand Ortega

    Amazing article. I watched the video in question & while, I agree w/ the context in which the author is discussing the cultural impact of what Miley Cyrus is doing, I just have to wonder if she’s that deep to know let alone understand what she’s doing. Basically, she just seems to worship RiRi & desperately wants to be her. From her moves to the people in the background to the music, all RiRi.

    • Tiffany Hodge

      This is clothing therefore cannot be racist. Fashion is a form of expression, rappers and the hip hop culture inspire. If you want people to stop replicating or mimicking what you do don’t inspire. Its that simple

      • nowlo

        Oh dear. You seriously think, “because it’s fashion” or “because it’s a form of expression” excuses anything and everything? So a non-Native kid wearing a Native headdress as a fashion statement isn’t at all being even a little bit racist? And a white person imitating African American Vernacular English also can’t be racist because hey–they’re just ‘inspired’ by black people? “Triumph of the Will” is considered a significant piece of art, so I guess the message it was pushing is A-OK?

        Determining the line between cultural appropriation and homage is tricky, but that doesn’t mean we should just throw out that line altogether.

        To address a point further upthread: the individual’s good intentions or ignorance isn’t an excuse for the possible harmful consequences of their actions. If, for example, they’re perpetuating stereotypes by dressing up in a bowdlerized version of a minority culture’s dress, then they are still part of the problem. It doesn’t matter how pure their heart is.

        • Tiffany Hodge

          First off I am Black and have no lineage to Africa I am American. I prefer to think of people not by color but by their actions. I truly believe that because of people like you racism is able to live. Why would her dressing like that offend me, I don’t indentify with that I am a real estate agent. Why is Miley Cyrus wearing gold teeth and hood dressing harmful to me???? Please that’s not me and I know better. Not all of us are from the hood.

          • Rand Ortega

            Every human on this Earth has lineage to Africa.

          • mhleta

            Yeah, cultural norms have more to do with your neighborhood and how you’re raised than skin color these days. I don’t know why we continue to insist on using skin color as a way of making assumptions. It’s pretty useless. I white and I’m pretty sure I have less in common with Miley Cyrus than I do with you.

          • Tiffany Hodge

            I get tired of people telling us what we should care about. I don’t identify with that and many black people don’t. It’s the prejudice of low expectations, why immediately her dressing like that is a reflection of me???? Its insulting and I don’t think the people on this post realize that. And all black people don’t have lineage to Africa many of us are from the Caribbean.

          • Rand Ortega

            Where do you think they came from to get to the Caribbean? My maternal lineage is Jamaican, which is in the Caribbean. Blacks arrived there through the Spanish slave trade. Wanna guess where they originated? It’s pretty much the same for the other islands. I get the impression you believe there is some sort of stigma having a connection to Africa. & again, since every human on Earth has lineage that originates there, I have to ask. Why?

      • Rand Ortega

        Replication or mimicry w/ clothing is not intrinsically inspiring. Ever see a Minstrel Show? Or Mickey Rooney in “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” or a sweatshirt w/ the Washington Redskin’s logo? Cultural appropriation is not inspiring particularly when you view it through the lens of how it has been used against people of color, gays & women for oppression & profit throughout this country’s history & still being used today. You say in a later post that how Miley Cyrus dresses isn’t representative of you. But what you don’t seem to realize is those who view her videos are going to associate that type of African American culture to you because that’s the majority of what the arbiters of media expose the mainstream to. That brand of disrespect also seems to be lending you the idea that cultural heritage & identity in certain forms is empty fodder for doing whatever you want w/ it regardless of its detriment because you don’t “identify” w/ it, so it’s a double edged sword.

  • Donna Tabor

    Try tens of thousands, times some multiple.

    At least the rain isn’t going to affect her hairdo. So there’s that, right?

  • Nataki Vickers

    Not racist. I can see where the shirt is paying homage to L.A. gangsta rap. The whole thing is just, just, just ummm, nasty, yeah, nasty.

  • Chipster

    My 9 year old asked if Hanna Montana is now a crack whore.

  • bertkeeter

    Any comments on MC spread n September Bazaar! “MC Can’t Stop / Wont Stop Wearing Couture”…I became instantly nauseous!!

  • Jacquelyn

    I can’t even focus on the outfit cause the hair man…the hair.

  • amanda lynn

    ugh; the outfit is bad, but that can change. the tattoos are getting a bit too doodle-heavy. i have no issues with tattoos (i’ve only got one, but i respect the hell out of people that can commit to so many), but to me, the multiple black-line open “quickie” looking tattoos just look like she’s been doodling on herself with pen and hasn’t washed off.

    • marlie

      That’s what I hate the most about those tats… the doodle effect. When did that suddenly become a “thing?!”

      • amanda lynn

        she and lea michele made it a thing.

  • Anniebet

    Let’s just file her under “attention whoring” along with RiRi and GaGa and ignore them? Wouldn’t that frost their collective little balls?

  • Suse

    I think I just found my Halloween costume!

  • Sonja Brisson

    It’s all horrifying, but the fake white nails are the ghastly punctuation points to the whole eeuuwwness of it. No.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    She has taken a swan-dive completely off her rocker. You’ve got legs and tits! Good for you, but everyone already knows this because you’ve been shoving them in our faces since you were thirteen.

    Now get off my lawn before you get grass stains on your diaper.

    • mhleta

      The concern is getting diaper stains on your grass.

  • Laurie Landry

    Her eyebrows look great!
    There. I’ve said something nice about this.

  • MilaXX

    I don’t mind the clothes and shoes, it’s the hair/nails/bling that take it over the edge to meth head tacky ville.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I don’t know why I love her, but I do. She could be generic SelenaGomezVanessaHudgensDemiLovato extensions and lipgloss chick but she definitely goes her own way. I might eat my words if she britneys.

  • Beverly Kozma

    I get the feeling she’s laughing at us.

  • akprincess72

    Oh NO, yuck…

  • If she was wearing canvas slip ons and minimal jewelry, I’d give it a qualified “cute”.

  • stephaknee

    I sort of like the shorts, I find it strange when women wear high waisted shorts that have the same leg coverage as a bathing suit. Her body suit/leotard only would have been a few inches higher, why not just forgo the tattered shorts and rock it? I’d feel the same, either way in light of her recent style choices. Bring back the thigh-highs!

  • boweryboy

    She just looks so…stanky.

    I swear I can smell her through my smartphone.

  • Contralto

    Bless her heart.

  • mhleta

    She can wear what she wants, but for the love of all that is good and pure in the universe, keep this girl OUT of the recording studio!

  • mhleta

    She’s quite ignorant, which is why I will never accept her referring to herself as an Artist. She has no understanding of what that word means. Similarly, she has no idea what the word Racist really means, either, which is what allows her to make these bombastic statements without a clue as to how preposterous she is.

    • fursa_saida

      Exactly. That’s why this is, IMO, unquestionably racist and not just, I don’t know, cheeky or whatever. She is doing this with absolutely no thought to why she’s able to and what it means, and she’s able to be so thoughtless about it precisely because she’s white (i.e., she’s not getting the kind of shit for it that black people do.) It’s an exercise in white privilege and I find nothing charming about it.

      • mhleta

        I think there’s a big difference between being a racist and being a clueless, self-entitled, brat. I truly believe she worships this Gangsta Music culture and desperately wants to assimilate. While I agree that she is wandering in a fog of White Privilege, I don’t think there’s anything malicious or hateful in her heart, and so I’m not really comfortable with labeling her as a Racist.

  • TLJezebel

    Damn, she’s giving White Trash a bad name.

  • Leah Elzinga

    Take off ALL the jewelry, let your hair down, and throw on a cute chambray shirt over this and you would have looked this side of cute, Miley. JEZUS.

  • OffToSeeHim

    Didn’t she just tweet, “Yes, I do know what color my skin is…” a little while ago? God, get over your privileged white bullshit self girl! I look at this and I just see pandering and condescension. But of course, I’m a little jaded.

  • Zorkness

    Those shorts make it look like she just barely escaped alive from an African safari.

  • Candigirl1968

    I appreciate that Miley is in the “I’m only 20 and am thus taking advantage of my fashion free pass” stage of her life. However, that’s not an outfit you can get away with unless: (1) you are 16-17 years old and trying to piss off your parents and trying to impress that cool bad boy who that you are hoping thinks you’re cute and sassy; (2) living in the 90s (and thus said bad boy looks like Christian Slater, Luke Perry or LL Cool J), and (3) wearing actual (not designer ironic) mall jewelry, rather than pieces expensive enough for a down-payment on a Manhattan apartment.

  • Laurie Landry

    Her eyebrows look great!
    There. I’ve said something nice.

  • BrooklynBomber

    “Meth-head” is not a style, dear.
    Great line.

  • Imasewsure

    She’s not cool enough and doesn’t have enough musical street cred to rock that tee… I know Snoop has gone mainstream but not quite Country Pop Princess mainstream!!

  • Q: What if Gwen Stefani had turned to meth instead of songwriting after Tony dumped her?

    A: This would have happened. This right here.

  • Izzie D

    Sorry, I just had to interject here – Miley Cyrus didn’t say that. It’s a quote from Peep Show, a popular programme here (the UK), it’s meant to be a joke.

    • Wow.

    • fursa_saida

      Ah, I had no idea–thanks for the correction!

  • Jacob Bowen

    Minus the jewelry and odd pigtails this is fine.

  • AnnPopovic

    I can only laugh. Because fifteen years from now, we’re all gonna pull this photo out and throw it at her and hopefully. Hopefully at that point she’ll have enough sense to blush and say, with apologies, “I was a kid?” I don’t know, I know she should bug me more than she does but I just take one look at her father and shrug and say, “I’m so sorry, sweetie. Let it ALL out and we’ll catch you on the other side…”

  • lilyvonschtupp

    Madonna 1993

  • guest2visits

    Just watched her try and emulate Madonna again on the MTV Awards show. She does a very good imitation of a drooling, diapered, idiot escapee from a Psycho movie. It was a real treat to watch her awkward stomp across the stage. Which included a revolting bit with her wiping herself (like after a bowl movement) and treating Robin Thicke’s crotch to the same clumsy act. No style. No grace. No real talent on display, and not fun. Just trashy. Like this outfit she’s wearing.

  • sweetlilvoice

    Wouldn’t know a G Thang if it hit her in the face. Also, stupid hair.

  • rage_on_the_page

    This is all very Christina Aguilera in her “Dirty” phrase. She just looks…sticky. All the time. And like I could catch something.

  • quiltrx

    Maybe she could trade all that stupid jewelry in for something useful–LIKE PANTS.

  • gubblebumm

    but everything is so WHITE all clean and bleached…trying to look punk but just can’t go fully there

  • gubblebumm

    and i would bet over ten grand in jewelry, yeah she’s all ghetto or punk