When the legendary lyricist Missy Elliott released her new song “WTF (Where They From)” featuring Pharrell Williams and dropped a banging visual to accompany it on Thursday (Nov. 12) the nostalgic feels of her iconic status came rushing back.
Her first music video in seven years, Misdemeanor’s die-hard fans rejoiced at her return and the slick video that reprises her role as the eclectic, ever-evolving artist who could make even a trash bag look fashionable.
However, over the praise and cheers she received, Internet trolls were standing on the sidelines waiting to say any and everything to add some controversy to Missy’s grand comeback. No one can deny how sick of a track the Virginia natives created not Missy’s solid flipping it and reversing it dance moves in the video, but some are raising questions about her new single — in particular who the subject of the track may be.
In true social media fashion, the digital streets are talking and saying that Missy is taking shots at Miley Cyrus on “WTF.” “The dance you doing is dumb,” Missy says on the opening of the track. “Stickin’ out your tongue girl/But you know you’re too young,” she continues.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOf course, Cyrus is notoriously known for her outrageous and very uncomfortable twerking performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Music Video Awards. And as far as the tongue thing, she can’t keep it in her mouth ever. Every photo she poses her, her tongue is the focal point. Slate even pondered the same question that everyone is asking, saying that “there might be a layer of cultural appropriation bite-back involved in the song as well, which might speak to Miley’s statements to The New York Times about Nicki Minaj.”
While some of the lyrics do seem pretty ironic and fit the bill of Miley Cyrus, it’s hard to think that Missy Elliott would really be putting that much energy or thought into a 22-year-old who hasn’t even reached her level of fame or respect.
Myself like many deem Missy Elliott to be on the best artists from the late 90s/early 2000s. I was only just a kid when she stepped on the scene with her super duper fly finger waves, but I knew there was something very special about this woman from the beginning. From her ear for sonically pleasing sounds to her dope fashion sense, Missy has always been an original.
However, I find it unfortunate that her long-awaited comeback is being clouded with fuss about the subject of the song possibly being Miley Cyrus. (And people wonder why some artists are leery about putting out new music.) We all know little girls who are a bit too grown for their age, right?
At the end of the day, Miley is surely the least of an icon’s worries –or so at least I hope.