Miley Cyrus: VMAs twerking an attempt to 'make history'
Singer, 20, says critics are 'over-thinking' her bid to emulate Madonna and Britney Spears
HISTORY is made up of remarkable moments: the D-Day invasions, the moon landing and President Obama’s inauguration, to name just three. Or four if you add Miley Cyrus’s extraordinary dance routine at the 2013 MTV Video Awards.
The 20-year-old singer has now revealed she hoped to "make history" by grinding her bottom against singer Robin Thicke and several oversized teddy bears at last week’s ceremony.
The more highbrow critics said Cyrus’s attempt at ‘twerking’ - a dance style that originated in the dance halls of Jamaica - was cultural appropriation. The mother of Robin Thicke, the singer whose trousers must have been badly abraded by Miley’s energetic derriere, said it would haunt her for life.
But Cyrus says people are "over-thinking" her hyper-sexual routine. She was, she says, simply attempting to join Madonna, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears in the pantheon of shocking pop stars.
"I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times," she told MTV News. "Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."
Cyrus was referring to the highly choreographed moment at the 2003 MTV Video awards when Madonna kissed Spears during a dance routine. The incident did make headlines, although most of them were more favourable than the incredulous comments triggered by Cyrus’s twerking.
Cyrus is unrepentant. "What's amazing is… people are still talking about it," she says. "[They're] thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn't even think about it cos [it was] just me [being me]."
She says Thicke, her on-stage collaborator, told her just before they went on stage: "You know we're about to make history right now." ·