Miley Cyrus has spoken out for the first time since her performance at the MTV VMAs, claiming she was following in the footsteps of pop icons such as Madonna and Britney. She went on to claim her performance was intended to "make history."
Miley Cyrus offered her opinion on her performance and the reaction to her twerking at the MTV VMAs on Sunday 25th August. In an interview with MTV, the 20-year-old singer claimed anyone who's anyone has been outrageous at some point, citing Madonna and Britney as examples. She further went to claim she planned to "make history" by performing in such a sexually provocative manner.
Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Cyrus appeared at the award ceremony to perform a remix of her hit single 'We Can't Stop' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'. Initially appearing solo on stage, with a company of dancers dressed as teddy bears, she indulged in twerking before Thicke joined her. Although Cyrus wore a silver teddy which she removed to reveal a flesh coloured bikini. Throughout her performance she used a giant foam hand as a prop which she used provocatively to reference a number of sex acts.
Cyrus' performance was greeted by a wave of horror from fans. However, Cyrus claimed "I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times in pop music." She went on to use examples of other pop stars who have performed outrageously and raised more than a few eyebrows in their time. She stated "Madonna's done it, Britney's done it, any VMA performance, you know anyone who performs that's what you're looking for. You're wanting to make history."
Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton at the MTV VMAs.
It seems the singer was perfectly aware of how her performance would be received and evidently intended to court this publicity. Speaking in the interview she said "Me and Robin always said "you know we're about to make history right now." She went on to comment on the sheer amount of publicity she had received as a result of her performance, "What's amazing is now we're three day later and people are still talking about it."
However, she attempted to claim she had no intention in causing a scandal. She claimed fans are "overthinking it" and that "You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. I didn't even think about it because that's just me."
The 29 second clip clip was of a longer interview, posted by MTV. It is extracted from a documentary MTV has commissioned which is due to air this fall, according to their website, Cyrus will discuss her image, her music and her influences.
Miley Cyrus at the VMAs.