She can't fill Cardi's bloody shoes
Plenty of people have shared their take on Cardi B’s chart-dominating “Bodak Yellow.” With so many lovers, the song — which started as an exercise over a flow lifted from Kodak Black’s “No Flockin” — lends itself to new interpretations. Even Cardi has released alternate versions for the Spanish speakers in her Bardi Gang. But… Miley Cyrus’ pop-leaning take that came out as a part of Jimmy Fallon’s ongoing Wheel of Musical Impressions bit was a bridge too far.
The internet reacted to the “gentrified” version of “Bodak Yellow” with venom. While the entire world is here for Cardi B’s success, they were decidedly absent for Miley’s version.
“Saw something about Miley Cyrus covering ‘Bodak Yellow’ and I immediately thought about vegan oxtails,” wrote Desus from the Bodega Boys podcast.
“I don’t want to watch Miley Cyrus do a motherf*cking thing with ‘Bodak Yellow,’ wrote a Twitter user.
“The words ‘Watch Miley Cyrus give Bodak Yellow a pop makeover’ are engraved on the gates to Hell,” wrote one particularly ruffled viewer.
Several fans took offense to Cyrus covering the song, especially after she made controversial statements about hip-hop in an interview with Billboard earlier this year. Though Miley used the trappings of hip-hop and several of the genre’s biggest producers to snag hits like “23,” she turned her back on it in the interview. She decried the entire genre as too misogynistic and materialistic for her taste.
“I can’t listen to that anymore. That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my c*ck’—I am so not that,” she said.
Cyrus also faced criticism for using black dancers during a performance at the 2013 VMAs. Detractors accused her of using the dancers as props, appropriating a culture that was not her own.
“It’s mind-boggling to me that there was even a controversy around me having black dancers,” she said. “That became a thing, where people said I was taking advantage of Black culture, and with Mike [WiLL Made-It] — what the f**k? That wasn’t true. Those were the dancers I liked!”
Despite it all though, Miley hasn’t checked out of the scene entirely. She admitted to liking the latest Kendrick Lamar record in the same interview.
“But I also love that new Kendrick [Lamar] song [“Humble”]: ‘Show me somethin’ natural like a** with some stretch marks.’ I love that because it’s not ‘Come sit on my d**k, suck on my c**k,’” she said.
People were quick to point to these remarks in the wake of her cover.
“No thanks. She was down for appropriation when it suited her and then when she was finished ‘being down’ she had BS to say. No thanks Becky!” wrote one Twitter user. “Thought she was done with hiphop- honestly, f*ck her,” said another.
Miley’s appearance is part of a week-long stint on Fallon, so we should probably expect a few more moments that rub people the wrong way in the coming days.
Watch the Clip
Watch the clip up top. What do you think? Are they right to be upset with Miley’s attempt to hitch her wagon to “Bodak”? Or is it a bit that people are taking too far? Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.