It was a turbulent weekend of feuding between the president of the United States and hundreds of NFL players, who took a knee during the pre-game national anthem in protest against police brutality and in defiance to Trump’s prolonged rants against the gesture.
Celebrities like Stevie Wonder publicly joined the protest but others, like Miley Cyrus, chose a different route.
At the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, the pop star re-purposed her 2009 big hit “Party in the U.S.A.”, but gave it a completely different interpretation.
Before launching herself into a blisteringly good performance of the song, she gave a powerful (and sweary) statement on Trump’s America. All without a single mention of “Donald Trump.”
Seriously, listen to it, it’ll give you shivers:
During her performance, words like “dreamers,” “justice,” “hope,” “understanding,” and “love” appeared on the screen behind Miley, who shouted them as they flashed.
Fans on Twitter absolutely loved it:
“It’s not a party in the USA without equality” – Miley Cyrus
— Team Miley (@WeAdoreMiley) September 24, 2017
Miley Cyrus is now using Party in the USA to promote human decency so yea I’m a fan.
— Dante Motion (@givememotion) September 25, 2017
What’s more, they even called “Party in the U.S.A.” their new national anthem:
nothing but love for MY national anthem, party in the usa by miley cyrus
— samflower (@milkygoddess) September 24, 2017
Personally, I think the National Anthem should be should be God Bless America or Party in the USA.
— Blem Foreal (@EiffelTower_217) September 25, 2017
Me during the National Anthem: taking a knee
Me during Party in the USA: Standing, hand over heart, with tears in my eyes
— amy adams’ oscar (@kmesquire) September 24, 2017
No offense but if we changed the National Anthem to Party in the USA this wouldn’t be a problem
— McKaylah Austin (@mckaylah_austin) September 24, 2017
The only National Anthem I’m ever going to rise for again is Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party In The USA.’
— Andrew Dodson (@andashd) September 25, 2017
want everyone to stand up during the national anthem? then change the anthem to “Party in the USA” & i guarantee you everyone will stand up
— Shawn Samuels (@ShawnPatSamuels) September 24, 2017
Still not convinced? Just read her speech before the song:
“Now I’ve got one more song for you guys. And I thought it would be perfect for tonight, especially right after ‘We Can’t Stop.’ Because, you know what I won’t stop doing? I won’t stop fighting for justice for every single person in this entire fucking place. To be the fuck you wanna be. Do the fuck you wanna do. Make yourself happy. Be who you are to the fullest.”
“Everyone in this country and everyone around this world deserves that same respect and honour to be able to do what they love, love who they love, marry who they love,”
“We shouldn’t be scared of walking down the street. We shouldn’t be scared of this violence. We shouldn’t be scared of humans against humans, treating animals so poorly, thinking that the world is fucking disposable. It’s not, there’s one, and there’s one of each of you and you’re all such fucking incredible, completely uniquely individual motherfuckers and I hope you never forget how fucking awesome you really are. So never let anyone tell you anything fucking different.”
“And so for this song, you’re gonna see some words on the screen. I’m gonna do ‘Party in the U.S.A.,'”
“But you know what? It’s not a ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ if we don’t have all these things that are gonna come up on the screen behind us,”
“It’s not a ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ 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 U.S.A.’ We’ll see it. And if we all fucking come together we’ll fucking make sure that it is because I’m not giving up. We can’t stop.”