Did Miley Cyrus Gift The Culture With A “Moment” During Her Throwback Twitter Rap? According To Lorde, The Answer Is YES

Emily Gadsby
Lorde tweeted a Miley Cyrus throwback
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With power-packed lyrics that hint at a much older soul inhabiting her 21-year-old frame, singer-songwriter Lorde made a name for herself in the music industry by conjuring images of wistful nostalgia in her tracks. Ditching the subtlety she’s famous for, the New Zealand-born hitmaker served her 7.6 million Twitter followers with an early-morning Twitter throwback that couldn’t have contained a clearer message — Miley Cyrus’ 2009 social media diss rap was a MOMENT. 

Back in the late-aughts era of the great Myspace vs. Facebook feud, Chatroulette flashings, and “Jersey Shore,” child star Miley Cyrus was transitioning from a Disney princess into a rebellious teenager on a very public stage. Sick of the media backlash surrounding the rebranding of her wholesome image, Cyrus gifted the zeitgeist with a low-budget rap aimed at telling fans exactly why she was leaving Twitter. Not wanting the moment to be swallowed by the passing of time, Lorde took it upon herself to remind fans just how fiercely we should protect teeny-bop Cyrus sticking it to the man in the best way she knew how. 

“No it wasn’t because my friend told me to / Y’all know very well what you say I don’t do / And the reasons are simple, I started tweeting ’bout pimples / I stopped living for moments and started living for people,” rapped Cyrus, aided by a crew of sunglass-clad booty shakers. 

The “Green Light” singer’s tweet was not just a fun throwback — it was an easily accessible packaging of the current headspace of internet culture and of what we’re all trying to say with those third-grade memes — we’re desperate to return to a time when Twitter was revered for churning out viral videos and not nasty dragging sessions. 

Saluting an era in which social media was an addition to everyday life instead of the focus of it, Lorde did us all a great service by allowing us to dip into the fantasy of twerk-less Miley Cyrus and genuinely wholesome viral videos.