Throughout the years, Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.” has become the quintessential Independence Day song, an anthem to celebrate America. Nonetheless, this year, Cyrus reminded us that there really isn’t anything for Americans to celebrate until there is “freedom and justice” for everybody.
Her 2009 song ‘Party In The U.S.A’ has been used as an Independence Day anthem for longer than a decade, but Miley Cyrus is presently protesting July 4th as the Black Lives Matter development continues to shine a light on inequality across America.
In the video, Cyrus can be seen addressing the audience with a powerful message.
“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 will be a party in the USA. We’ll see it. If we all fucking come together, we’ll fucking make sure that it is, ’cause I’m not giving up. We can’t stop, all right?”
While many celebrated the holiday this end of the week, Twitter countered the festivities with the trending hashtag #AllCountriesMatter, which showcased beautiful photos of places from around the world. Other Twitter users utilized the hashtag #FuckTheFourth, rejecting the holiday based on the U.S. history of slavery, decimation, the continued incarceration of and savagery towards Black individuals, and non-white individuals, ICE confinement centers, and more.
Miley Cyrus recently announced that she was sober for six months. “It’s been really important for me over the last year living a sober lifestyle because I really wanted to polish up my craft,” she said.