In the caption of an Instagram post fashioning an image of her in a long white dress that is far less revealing than anything she's become known for wearing, Miley wrote: "I have always and will continue to love and celebrate hip hop as I've collaborated with some of the very best! At this point in my life I am expanding personally/musically and gravitating more towards uplifting, conscious rap!" Her comments in Billboard were delivered in the context of her stating her appreciation for Kendrick Lamar's new music, which her critics saw past as they accused her of behaving in the typical manner of an artist who conveniently appropriates a cultural style, then abandons it when it is no longer beneficial.
The tone of Miley's message, and the photo itself, taken in a field that might be conveyed to reflect the purity of nature, does appear to signify her taking a new direction as an artist. But it also gives off more the impression that she is simply interested in explaining where she is coming from, and not so much responding to a need to apologize or answer to the backlash. Whether fans will interpret her post as a righteous one, or rather, a self-righteous one remains to be seen. "As I get older I understand the effect music has on the world & Seeing where we are today I feel the younger generation needs to hear positive powerful lyrics!" she says.