Miley Cyrus has done it again! The former Disney Channel star’s new music video for her latest song “Mother’s Daughter” premiered the morning of July 2, 2019, on YouTube. The video is provocative, but not in the same sense of the word used to describe Miley’s past music videos and stage performances (queue her performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA’s). No, this time we’re referring to her message ingrained in every aspect of the haunting pop anthem, “Don’t fuck with a woman’s freedom”.
Cyrus makes use of important imagery to convey messages such as “virginity is a social construct”, “my body is my rule” and “l’herorism de la chair” which translates to “the heroism of the flesh”. The song has already made quite an impression, reaching almost half a million views and trending on twitter in only a few hours after its release. It is apparent that the song will join the ranks for anthems of feminism and anti-homophobia.
Earlier last month, the pop star had her freedom infringed upon in Barcelona, Spain when a fan pulled her hair, grabbed her by the neck and planted a kiss as she made her way through a crowd. On June 4th, Cyrus tweeted news coverage of the incident with the caption “She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with 5 different people. She can be with her husband. She can be with her girlfriend. She can be naked. She CAN’T be grabbed without her consent. #DontFuckWithMyFreedom”
She can be wearing what she wants. She can be a virgin. She can be sleeping with 5 different people.
She can be with her husband. She can be with her girlfriend. She can be naked.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) June 4, 2019
The singer has never shied away from speaking out on important issues. On the same day as her iconic tweet, Cyrus posted a controversial image to her Instagram regarding the latest political attacks to Planned Parenthoods. She can be seen licking a cake with frosting that spells out “ABORTION IS HEALTHCARE”.
Although Cyrus’s over-the-top performances and music videos have quite a bit of shock-value, they do not dim the much-needed spotlight on women’s issues of today.