Cyrus made big waves recently when she came out to the public as non-straight. But what you probably didn’t realize is that our starlet-turned-social renegade has been challenging society’s preconceptions for years. Here’s a look back at four other times Miley Cyrus took out binaries like a wrecking ball.
1. Shared spotlight with a group of marginalized Bear People.
While Bear People are largely considered the lepers of today’s world, Cyrus took one giant, Christ-like leap forward for mankind by bringing them onstage with her at the 2013 VMAs (and even touching them). Unlike the rest of us judgmental and small people, Cyrus was willing to look these Bear People in their sad, plush eyes and see them for what they truly are: sentient beings with beautiful souls and a will to twerk.
Now how’s that for shattering a binary?
2. Challenged capitalist consumption with her radical ball art performance.
When the “Wrecking Ball” music video came out in 2013, we were so focused on what Cyrus was (and wasn’t) wearing that we didn’t even consider that the wrecking ball she was riding could have been a piece of art constructed by Cyrus herself out of old cell phone parts made from conflict minerals in the Congo as a statement on the horrifying results of capitalism, and more directly the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed in 1994. Well guess what, it was.
If that’s not the successful destruction of an accepted social system of binarism, I don’t know what is.
3. Participated in the “Bong Rips for Babies” Research Fundraiser.
Remember that time Miley Cyrus took that big ol’ salvia hit, had “a little bit of a bad trip” and let someone film it? And then publicly apologized saying “I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans?” Well jokes on us, fans. Because Cyrus was too humble to tell the world that she was participating in March of Dimes’ “Bong Rips for Babies” campaign, in which she raised millions of dollars for research on premature birth by sacrificing her own mental well-being.
If we’re talking about binaries that Miley Cyrus can’t stand for, well, being against babies is definitely one of them.
4. Took a role as a disadvantaged girl on T.V. to promote awareness.
There aren’t many of them, but they exist: Children who have been plagued with the unnecessary evil of a last name that rhymes with their first name. No one knows why a parent would do that to a child, but for four seasons Cyrus stood in as a voice for the voiceless, playing Hannah Montana to shed light on this horrible travesty.
What, did you think this show was about a tween girl getting to act out her actual life on a TV set? Well you can take that binary and shove it up your a**, which is exactly what someone who’s “just being Miley” would do.
Wake up, Sheeple. Miley Cyrus has been pushing boundaries and questioning society’s expectations for years. Sure, she’s now seen as a binary-hating hero, but hasn’t she always been one?
She has. Except for this one time:
She f*cking looooooved that binary.