Miley Cyrus: Donald Trump “Loved” My Raunchy VMAs Performance
The revelation comes in a New York Times interview about Cyrus hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards this weekend. Two years ago, as everyone knows, Cyrus provided one of the most controversial pop culture moments in recent history when she provocatively performed “We Can’t Stop” and joined Robin Thicke for “Blurred Lines.” In reflecting on that experience, Cyrus shares the anecdote about Trump.
“I was in the studio with Kanye [later] that night, and we watched it back and we didn’t say anything. He was like, ‘That was sick,’ whatever. We woke up the next day, and he was like, ‘Whoa.’ He called and said, ‘Turn on your TV,'” recalls Cyrus. “I was staying at the Trump Hotel and Donald Trump literally called and said, basically, ‘I know everyone’s talking about it, but I loved it.’ I had no idea anyone was talking about it yet.”
The comment is unexpected, given Trump’s many misogynistic remarks throughout his presidential campaign, though he’s also been accused of being perverted with some things he’s said about certain women. Regardless, it seems Cyrus is still making sense of the performance herself.
“When you look at it now, it looks like I’m playing hopscotch. Compared to what I do now, it looks like nothing. I can’t believe that was a big deal. It wasn’t shocking at all,” she tells the Times. She notes, “Even people around me really judged me. People that I really loved and thought were my friends judged me for it. They were like, ‘You were on drugs when you did that performance.’ I did nothing! I still don’t get it.”
And for Cyrus, it wasn’t about the sexuality of the performance, but her mental state of mind. She explains:
“Me coming out of that teddy bear, to me, wasn’t just a teddy bear. My dad always explained it to me that you step into your happiness. That’s kind of like what I was doing. When I broke down the bear belly, I was really breaking out — [“Hannah Montana”] ended, and then I didn’t really work for two years. That’s when I did my most self-exploration. [The performance] was kind of going into this way of saying, ‘I’m just going to do what will make me happy.’ At that moment, that’s what really made me happy.”
“I knew who I was, and I knew the power that I held, but I don’t think I realized my full power until that show,” the pop star further confesses. She goes on:
“I didn’t realize I could make such a big reaction. I didn’t think that many people would care. I knew I was famous, but I didn’t know what that meant. Everything was coming to an end and starting a new beginning. In every way.
I feel like those moments are blackout moments. I remember knowing the night before that it was the first time I would get to perform in this new way. But I didn’t expect it to be what it became. When it was, something clicked in my mind: This many people notice me? If I’m going to be noticed by this many people, what am I really going to say? What I want to say isn’t ‘shake your ass.'”
Cyrus adds, “I still love it. But I now watch it, and I see someone that isn’t me now.” TELL US: Are you surprised by Cyrus’ statements on Trump and her VMAs performance?