Miley Cyrus VMAs

After the shitshow that was Miley Cyrus‘ 2013 Video Music Awards performance with Robin Thicke, there was a whole lot of controversy. There were people criticizing the use of “Molly” in her song “We Can’t Stop” and others criticizing MTV’s censorship of it; people critiquing the scandalous nature of her outfit while others were getting angry at those who did so; numerous comments on the arguably racist nature of her performance while others felt these were overreactions. Basically, if Miley wanted attention, she got it. If she wanted to put on a solid performance — well, not so much.

In an interview with MTV (naturally), Miley responded to all the controversy in a predictably “Miley” way: say it’s just who she is, and criticism is something she ignores. A few great quotes:

“Me and Robin [Thicke,] the whole time said, ‘You know we’re about to make history right now.'”


“Making history” in the sense that it will be added to as a footnote to the Wikipedia article on the subject. Not “making history” in the sense that she was doing anything positive or even meaningful for pop culture.

“What’s amazing is I think now, we’re three days later and people are still talking about it. They’re over thinking it,” she says. “You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn’t even think about it ’cause that’s just me.”


No, but really. As silly as it seems to speculate on the mindset of others, Miley Cyrus’ brainwaves are almost painfully exposed every time she opens her mouth. The desperation for controversy, respect and edginess after being a Disney star…well, it would be upsetting to watch, but fortunately The Onion predicted this like 5 years ago anyway.

“I don’t pay attention to the negative because I’ve seen this play out so many times,” Miley asks, “How many times have we seen this play out in pop music?”

“Madonna’s done it. Britney’s done it. Every VMA performance, that’s what you’re looking for; you’re wanting to make history.”

Yeah, but here’s the thing: Madonna is a great performer. Britney’s a great performer. You just stick your tongue out and kind of wobble your ass.

Oh, and MTV’s commentary on her interview was predictably self-righteous, as well.

Cyrus had one goal in mind when she agreed to perform: to give folks something to talk about… not just now, but for years to come.

… In short, it became a moment, one that instantly told you which side of the generational divide you stood on.

Mental note: Be sure to stand on the “common sense” side of this generational divide, thanks.

Aside from a select few acknowledging the fact that girl isn’t even really twerking, the whole controversy seemed to lean toward slut shaming rather than the actual issue during her performance (in my opinion, it was a race problem, but other writers have explained this before and better than myself). But naturally, Cyrus will not be taking a look at any of that. She does as most celebrities and strikingly vain humans do: write off criticisms as inherently unjustified, as stemming from jealousy rather than knowledge

Photo: Getty Images.