SWMRS have released a tribute to Miley Cyrus

By Ben Tipple

Californian surf-punk outfit SWMRS have released their tribute to Miley Cyrus. Premiered via I-D, the track precedes their forthcoming debut album and follows releases under their former moniker, Emily’s Army.

“I wrote this song about who she is now and how she’s overcome this crazy shit, like the body dismorphia that she got from Hannah Montana. I respect her so much. In the song I say she’s the greatest, because I think she is,” frontman Cole Becker tells I-D.

Following some negative reaction to the track, SWMRS commented further on its creation. “We just wanted to let you know that our song ‘Miley’ is not intended as a sweeping intersectional feminist statement and in no way reflects an alignment with the more problematic things that Miley says,” the band continued on their Facebook page.

“It is a funny and heartfelt song about a girl we grew up watching on children’s program television pioneer adult film acting and break from a visibly harmful chain of corporate control (see her comments on her own body dysmorphia). We wanted to celebrate her evolution from a puppet to a free spirit who is learning how the outside world functions while in the public eye constantly, heading her increasingly popular lgbtq ally foundation “happy hippie”.”

“In the words of her alter ego Hannah Montana “nobody’s perfect”, but she has been trying to clean up her act. Hope that clears up some of the confusion, and we hope Miley begins to grasp the more complicated undertones of American racism and transphobia soon, too.”

[Source: I-D]

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