Noah Cyrus, the younger sister of singing sensation Miley Cyrus, invited controversy while commenting upon the Harry Styles’ Vogue cover. Taking to her Instagram stories, the 20-year-old had shared a picture of Styles in his now infamous dress, writing, “he wears this dress better than any of u nappy ass heauxz.” Many took this racist offensive to be a jibe against Black conservative commentator Candace Owens, who had reacted to Styles’ dress saying, “Bring back manly men.” Cyrus, deleting her story, later apologised for using “a term without knowing the context and history.”
The racist slur in question is “nappy,” which was historically used to refer to Black people’s – especially women’s – hair, more specifically, to their frizzy texture. The term “nappy-headed” is regarded as a serious offensive against Black people. After Cyrus used the slur in her Instagram story, Owens took to Twitter to call her out for it. She even tagged Miley Cyrus on the tweet, asking her to “come get” her sister.
Any one of woke liberals care to explain to me how @noahcyrus calling me a “nappy ass hoe” is not racist?
I’m all ears.
You guys love cancel culture. @MileyCyrus come get your sister! https://t.co/N6Ej7UICPW
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) December 3, 2020
Noah Cyrus Apologises For Racist Remark
Soon after, the 20-year-old singer posted an apology on Instagram, confessing she wasn’t aware of the racism inherent in the words she used. On her stories, she wrote, “i am mortified that i used a term without knowing the context and history, but i know now and i am horrified and truly sorry. i will never use it again.”
“thank you for educating me. i in no way meant to offend anyone. i am so so sorry,” she added.
Background on Candace Owens-Harry Styles Controversy
In November this year, Vogue announced that Styles would grace the cover for their December issue, making him the first-ever solo male cover star in the magazine’s 128-year-history. The feature inside showed him donning a variety of gender-fluid clothes, including but not limited to, a skirt and full-length dress.
However, many like Owens didn’t take kindly to his attire, deeming it an “attack” on masculinity. She had responded to it saying, “There is no society that can survive without strong men. Bring back manly men.”
Owens had drawn severe flak for her sexist comments from fans of the British singer, and other social media users. Styles, too, finally broke his silence around it recently on December 2, by sharing a picture of himself in a frilly pastel coat, eating a banana, captioned, “Bring back manly men.” Read here how social media reacted to his response.