Bikini Kill Frontwoman Kathleen Hanna Wants to Collaborate With Miley Cyrus
If nobody can beat Miley Cyrus, maybe it’s best to join her.
Last week, Cyrus posted two photos on Instagram of Bikini Kill leader Kathleen Hanna back in the early ’90s — one being a quintessential riot grrrl image of Hanna with the word “slut” scrawled on her stomach. (Who would believe Cyrus would find anything appealing about that?)
Instead of rebuking Cyrus’ unexpected homage, Hanna took to Twitter to do the unexpected: She asked her to collaborate on an album:
Hey @MileyCyrus so sweet you posted pics of me…have an idea for an album that only you are daring enough to make .
— Kathleen Hanna (@kathleenhanna) August 4, 2014
Well, I’m glad the word ‘feminist’ is being talked about and that influential pop stars are bringing up this conversation. If she says she’s a feminist, then who I am to stop her? I’m not the feminist police. I don’t get to determine that. I’m happy that young women are embracing that term, for whatever reason it means to them. Maybe for her it’s about freedom of sexuality and freedom of expression. For other people, it’s about ending oppression against everyone, not just women, but you’re starting from a woman’s perspective because that’s what you’re interested in. You know your feminism isn’t about white women climbing the corporate ladder. So maybe Lily Allen’s feminism is different from Miley Cyrus’, and there’s room for everyone at the table.
Hanna isn’t the only alternative icon to embrace Cyrus lately. The Flaming Lips have been performing with her a lot lately and also revealed she’ll be one of the many guest artists featured on the band’s upcoming ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ tribute, ‘With a Little Help From My Fwends.’
Watch her play with the Lips during a performance of their classic ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots':