Miley Cyrus made “Party in the USA” woke this weekend
When you hear the song “Party in the USA,” chances are you think of the old Miley Cyrus — you know, the one who arrived in LA with nothing more than a dream and a cardigan back in 2008.
But similar to Taylor Swift, the old Miley can’t come to the phone right now cuz she’s dead. And the new Miley is woke af.
Still, that doesn’t mean she’s going to quit performing her poppiest single ever. Just this weekend, on Saturday the 23rd, Miley closed her set at the iHeartRadio festival with a rousing rendition of “Party in the USA.” And knowing that the cheery, semi-patriotic song doesn’t match the current mood of the country for those of us who pay attention to the news, she woke-ified it first.
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Here’s what she had to say, as per Refinery 29:
“Everyone in this country and everyone around this world deserves that same respect and honor to be able to do what they love, love who they love, marry who they love… [We can’t continue living as if this] world is fucking disposable. It’s not, there’s one. There’s one of each of you and you’re all such fucking incredible, completely uniquely individual motherfuckers and I hope you never forget how fucking awesome you really are. You should never let anyone tell you anything fucking different.”
Yes, Miley has a lot of fucks to give — both literally and in the sense that she averages about three per sentence these days.
After that came our personal favorite portion of the speech, in which she brought things full circle and let us in on a new hidden meaning behind the song:
“It’s not a party in the USA if we don’t have equality, unity, justice, compassion, kindness, opportunity, healthcare, education, non-violence. So fuck yeah, it’ll be a ‘Party in the U.S.A.,’ we’ll see it. And if we all fucking come together we’ll fucking make sure that it is because I’m not giving up. We can’t stop.”
The “We Can’t Stop” reference at the end!!! Miley is clearly DEDICATED to proving that her back catalog is full of not only bops, but also guidelines for a life of woke-ness.
This is nothing compared to real activism, but hey, at least we’re talking about important stuff at pop concerts now, no matter how vaguely. Now let’s get Miley’s “Party in the U.S.A.” version 2.0 rolling.