The revelations from her Rolling Stone interview outtakes keep on coming, with the conversation-starting pop star also telling the magazine that she had it all figured out before her now-iconic performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
“I know what I’m doing. I know I’m shocking you,” she said frankly. “When I’m dressed in that teddy bear thing, I think that’s funny. I was saying yesterday, I had this obsession about this character that’s like an adult baby. Like if you see a baby do something like that, it’s so warped and weird, but there’s something creepily hot about it.
“So when I’m in that teddy bear suit, I’m like a creepy, sexy baby. But I forget that it’s, like, people in Kansas watching the show. That people sit their kid in front of the TV and are like, ‘Oh, an awards show! Let’s watch.'”
The 150 complaints uselessly filed with the FCC (it doesn’t police cable networks) would suggest that Miley is right on the money there.
For her famously naked “Wrecking Ball” video, however, she didn’t want anyone mistaking her for a baby, crazy, sexy or otherwise.
“It’s the opposite of the VMAs,” Miley told RS, apparently before the video debuted. “It’s like the Sinéad O’Connor video [for ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’], but, like, the most modern version. I wanted it to be tough but really pretty—that’s what Sinéad did with her hair and everything. The trick is getting the camera up above you, so it almost looks like you’re looking up at someone and crying.
“I think people are going to hate it, they’re going to see my ass and be like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe she did that—and then when we get to the bridge, they’re gonna have a little tear and be like, “F–k you!’ I think it will be one of those iconic videos, too. I think it’s something that people are not gonna forget. Hopefully an artist 30 years from now will be like, ‘Yo, you remember that Miley Cyrus video? We gotta do something like that.'”
We doubt it’ll take that long for the imitators to pop up. But either way, Miley wants to be worth imitating.
“There are albums that people still are listening to, like Michael Jackson‘s Bad, because it’s so f–king dope,” she said. “I want people to listen to my album like that…I’m going to be that artist [one worth listening to for years] to so many people, so I want to make sure my record is the best it can be. I’m trying to set a new standard for pop music. So it has to live up.”
She has no interest in being an enigma like Jackson, however.
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