Much time has been spent discussing Miley Cyrus‘ outrageous performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, but one voice that’s been largely absent from the conversation is Cyrus herself. Until now.
Rolling Stone shared a handful of outtakes from their conversation with Cyrus that didn’t make it into their September cover story, and amongst them is the “Wrecking Ball” singer’s explanation of her performance.
“I know what I’m doing. I know I’m shocking you,” she admits. “When I’m dressed in that teddy bear thing, I think that’s funny. I was saying yesterday, I had this obsession about this character that’s like an adult baby. Like if you see a baby do something like that it’s so warped and weird, but there’s something creepily hot about it. So when I’m in that teddy bear suit, I’m like a creepy, sexy baby. But I forget that it’s, like, people in Kansas watching the show. That people sit their kid in front of the TV and are like, ‘Oh, an awards show! Let’s watch.'”
Cyrus also addressed the particular criticism her performance received equating it to minstrelsy. “Me and [producer] Mike WiLL were talking about it,” she says. “He said, ‘For me, my biggest achievement has been working with a white girl — but for a white girl to work and associate with black producers, you’re being ratchet.’ … It’s a double standard. I didn’t really realize it, but people are still racist. It’s kind of insane. Like if I had come out [at the VMAs] with all white-girl dancers, and done the f***ing ‘Cha Cha Slide’ — same outfit, same everything — it wouldn’t have been bad. But because of who I came out with, people got upset. Because they were girls from the club.”
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