By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Miley Cyrus is a vocal guest of the #iHeartRadio Music Festival. Above, this is Cyrus’ performing at the festival in 2013. The photo was created by kennejima and retouched by Bleff. CC By 2.0 Generic.
Miley Cyrus and Colin Kaepernick made simultaneous comments denouncing Fourth of July celebrations. The “Party in the U.S.A” singer has recently come out saying that it will not be a “party” in the United States until there is “liberty and justice for all.” This is citing Complex. Cyrus’ song, also citing Complex, has become a party anthem for celebrations of the Fourth of July in the years following its 2009 release date.
Cyrus recently took to her Instagram to share a throwback video of her live performance of “Party in the USA” at the #iHeartFestival in 2017. Cyrus’ comments captioned the video.
“This was in 2017. Feels EVEN MORE relevant right NOW. It ain’t a Party In The USA until we see #LibertyandJusticeFORALL you heard me, FOR ALL! #f—-thefourthuntilthereisfreedom,” said Cyrus, in an Instagram post that was published within the past two days.
“It’s not a party in the U.S.A. if we don’t have equality, unity, justice, compassion, kindness, opportunity, health care, education, non-violence. So f–yeah it will be a party in the U.S.A. and we’ll see it. And if we all f—ing come together, we’ll f—-ing make sure that it is. ‘Cause I’m not giving up. We can’t stop, all right?” said Cyrus, as the opening speech for her performance.
Colin Kaepernick likewise shared a video that he captioned with his commentary.
“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of “independence”, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all,” said Kaepernick, in a tweet that captioned a slideshow African American slavery from the Atlantic Slave Trade as well as various images of African-American racial discrimination and lynchings.
After Kaepernick’s “rejection of white supremacy,” media analyst Mark Dice pointed out that he had celebrated Fourth of July happily under President Barack Obama.
“So strange under the Obama administration you loved the 4th of July,” said Dice, who then shared an original tweet by Kaepernick,
“Happy 4th of july everyone. I hope everyone has a blessed day,” said Kaepernick, in a tweet that was posted at 3:55pm on July 4, 2011.
Cyrus’ Instagram campaign and Kaepernick’s comments were joined by many others. On July 4, private social media users took to their Twitter accounts to “cancel” American Independence Day. This cancellation call was captioned by the hashtag #F—-theFourth. Cancellation calls also denounced Trump, the military, the police,_among others. Others referred to it as “white patriotism.” Some even went so far as to refer to it as Colonizer’s Day.
Another hashtag that circulated during Fourth of July celebrations was #AllCountriesMatter. This is further citing Complex. This trended via Twitter and included a series of posts that shared photos of foreign nations. Some of the posts even included images of fictional nations, such as Genovia in “The Princess Diaries” films and Arendelle in the Disney “Frozen” films.