Torn From the Headlines is where we showcase videos that, in the vein of Childish Gambino's powerful "This Is America", offer commentary on the state of the world. And, well, given the current state of the world, things could get dark, but we'll try to lighten the mood with the odd bit of social satire as well.
Miley Cyrus is on a roll these days, but don't take my word for it:
That, of course, is from the Black Mirror episode in which Cyrus starred as pop product Ashley O. It's a heavily (and ironically) rejigged version of the Nine Inch Nails song "Head Like a Hole", and it even earned Cyrus a shout-out from Trent Reznor himself.
Add to that a recent Glastonbury set, during which she was joined by Billboard chart ruler Lil Nas X and his yee-haw sidekick Billy Ray (who happens to be her dad), and it's clear the former Disney Channel star is having a moment.
And now that she has our attention (again), Cyrus has a few #woke things to say. In the lyrics to her new single "Mother's Daughter", the singer declares herself to be "nasty". This can only be read as a reference to then-candidate Donald Trump's now-infamous off-the-cuff remark about his opponent Hilary Clinton during the final debate of the 2016 presidential race: "Such a nasty woman."
Alongside flashes of written messages (including "Virginity is a social construct" and "Sin is in your eyes"), the video features appearances from notable women and nonbinary people of all ages and shapes, including pro skateboarder Lacey Baker, 11-year-old activist Mari "Little Miss Flint" Copeny, body-positivity advocate Angelina Duplisea, and trans singer-actor Casil McArthur.
True to the title, it also features Miley's mom, Tish Cyrus, to whom the song is ultimately a tribute:
My mama always told me that I'd make it
That I'd make it, so I made it
I put my back into and my heart in it
So I did it, yeah, I did it