Miley Cyrus 'Didn't Think About' VMAs Performance, Simply Wanted To 'Make History'

Miley Cyrus was not impressed with the numerous think pieces about her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Last week, three days after the twerk heard 'round the world, Cyrus sat down with MTV to film a segment for the documentary she's working on with the network, and brushed aside critiques of the VMAs appearance.

"What's amazing is I think now, we're three days later and people are still talking about it," Cyrus said. "They're over thinking it. You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn't even think about it, because that's just me."

Many critics did put a lot of thought into Cyrus' performance, with some questioning how the 20-year-old had appropriated African-American culture for her own gain, without necessarily understanding the consequences of her actions.

"Cyrus’s twerk act gives minstrelsy a postmodern careerist spin," Vulture critic Jody Rosen wrote in a piece called "The 2013 VMAs Were Dominated by Miley’s Minstrel Show." "Cyrus is annexing working-class black 'ratchet' culture, the potent sexual symbolism of black female bodies, to the cause of her reinvention: her transformation from squeaky-clean Disney-pop poster girl to grown-up hipster-provocateur."

"The 20-year-old's VMAs performance marks another chapter not only in Miley's reckless use of black culture as proof that she's subversive and no longer a Disney star, but of the entertainment industry's casual co-signing of her team's idiocy," Makarechi wrote. "How did no one, for example, think that having voluptuous, black backup dancers figure as meat for Cyrus' slapping was offensive?"

Perhaps because Cyrus herself lives in a self-created bubble. "I don't pay attention to the negatives. I've seen this play out so many times," Cyrus told MTV in the video interview. "Anyone [who] performs, that's what you're looking for. You want to make history."

[via MTV]

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