Whether you've followed Miley Cyrus's career with great enthusiasm or mild disinterest, everyone took note of her 2013 VMAs performance with notorious creeper and occasional musician Robin Thicke.
That performance was ... kind of a mess, right? It wasn't that her outfit was too revealing (what does that even mean when it's a musical performance?) so much as the nightmarish way that her costume distorted her butt. We're still wincing at the thought.
Oh, and the part with the grinding on Robin Thicke.
Miley recently said that, contrary to Robin Thicke's statements, the entire dance was planned and that Robin Thicke had a say in approving her outfit.
That said, we definitely believe that this year will be different. Miley's still not into wearing a lot of clothing—but hey, it's August, and she'll be hosting at the VMAs, not at the Cloister Of Our Lady Of Perpetual Propriety.
Can you imagine what this is gonna be like? Don't answer that ... just sit, and wait.
Miley could have her sights set on you (regardless of gender) and she's ready to aim!
Though we already knew that Miley did not see gender as a barrier in terms of experiencing attraction or pursuing relationships, she's officially come out as pansexual. Celebrate!
Even in 2015, with marriage equality everywhere in the country with the exception of a few illegal holdouts, it is still such a big deal when celebrities "come out."
Why? Because the LGBT+ community needs as many powerful voices and role models as it can get. The community has so many more battles to wage.
Because there are still so many LGBT+ homeless youth, either because they were kicked out or because they were fleeing abuse. Because trans women are still murdered every month of the year. Because it takes more than an It Gets Better campaign to create a better environment and prevent the high rates of LGBT+ suicides.
Because HIV stigma is still so high that there are very unscientific restrictions on gay and bisexual men giving blood. Because condoms have historically been designed for and marketed to straight people. And the list goes on and on.
Whether you like labels or not, they make a difference. They matter. Sometimes young people know that they're LGBT+ but they don't know exactly where they fit in that array. Sometimes that's the case with adults, too. When a household name like Miley Cyrus comes out, it makes a difference to so many otherwise invisible people.
She hasn't always been the best role model—accusations over casual cultural appropriation have been pretty valid in the past. But Miley is also a real person who grows and learns. We've all been problematic at some point, which is why we always have to keep working and become better. Miley has certainly been doing that, and her philanthropic effort through her Happy Hippie Foundation to help the homeless LGBT+ population is such important work.
Visibility is important. Representation matters.
"I saw that [Nicki Minaj's Twitter tirade about her song "Anaconda" not being nominated for the Video of the Year VMA]. I didn’t really get into it. I know there was some beef. I don’t really know. There’s a way to talk to people ... She was saying that everyone was white and blonde that got nominated, I heard? And then Taylor Swift butted in. I didn’t follow it. You know what I always say? Not that this is jealousy, but jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to — that’s a yoga mantra. People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it. And it’s not anger like, 'Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.' You made it about you. Not to sound like a b----, but that’s like, 'Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.' If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: 'This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.' What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News 'Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.' I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose."
--Miley Cyrus shares many feelings about Nicki Minaj and her claim that her video wasn't nominated in the "Video of the Year" category of MTV's Video Music Awards because of racism, and man, who knew she had that many thoughts up in that wacky head of hers?
Look, it doesn't matter whether you love or hate Miley, she definitely has a point. Nicki had a point, too, but, as Miley said, she just went about it in the wrong way. She wouldn't admit it at the time, but she definitely made some passive aggressive jabs toward Taylor Swift, and, at least in the beginning, it did seem like she was upset about not getting nominated instead of being upset about racism. It's sad, because as popular as it was, it was surprising that "Anaconda" didn't get that nomination, but Nicki, as Miley said, seemed to make it just about herself.
Thanks for the wisdom, Miley, and goodness, that isn't something you hear everyday.
If you've ever taken even just the quickest peek at Miley Cyrus' Instagram, you know that she is not a fan of wearing clothes: she seems to prefer being naked, and if she wants to post a picture that showcases her nudity, she'll just edit in a couple of stars over her nipples or whatever, and she's posted pictures from some performances where she's worn pasties over her nipples to remain as naked as possible. But if she was in a slightly more formal situation, like, say, if she were being interviewed on national television, she'd put a shirt on, right? Wrong. So, so wrong.
In this very delightful but extremely awkward clip from Miley's time on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last night, Miley makes her entrance wearing sequined pants, a sequined cape, and sequined pasties. It's not a joke, it's real life, and it is so special in such an uncomfortable way. Poor Jimmy just can't handle it, guys. And he proves that in all six minutes of this video.
We get that Miley's just bein' Miley, and we can't really fault her for it, but man, we haven't felt this weird since she went through that twerking phase. And honestly, if we're being real, we kind of like it.
At first glance, this video looks like yet another interview of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg for their movie, "American Ultra," and it looks like that because that's what it is, but it's also so very much more -- it's the first time we ever had cause to imagine the magical pairing of Kristen and Miley Cyrus, a pairing for the ages. Time stood still, you guys.
Kristen is asked about that time a couple weeks ago when Miley Instagrammed a photo of Kristen and gave the short and extremely factual caption of "K Stew is hot!" It turns out that Kristen was already aware of Miley's affection, and her reaction ... we don't want to rob you of your own special moment here. Watch the video, power through all the douchebaggery that falls out of Jesse Eisenberg's mouth, and wait for Miley to come up. From now on, you will remember this day as the day that your heart grew three sizes.
"There was a time when I was jealous of people who were able to party. For instance, Miley, in her music video 'We Can't Stop,' her whole thing was partying and not giving a f--k. Part of me was super jealous that I couldn't be like that. I had to look at my life and be like, 'OK, that's just not what you can do. There's no need to be bitter about it.'"
--Demi Lovato touches on the topics of partying, sobriety, and her long-lost friend, Miley Cyrus, and we can't help but be so very proud.
It must take so much for Demi to admit that she's envious of someone, especially when that someone happens to be an ex-friend. A less mature person would never get this real, but Demi cares enough about her sobriety and about her fans to open up like this. Yes, a lesser person would claim that Demi is trying to link herself to Miley again, that Demi is sad with her new lifestyle and yearns to party like Miley, someone who can't stop and won't stop. But, as we've seen so much over the past few years, Demi has evolved so far beyond that.
And we just adore her for it.
We hope you're all psyched as hell for the MTV Video Music Awards this year, because you really, really should be. We're going to get to see what the result of all that Nicki Minaj drama is, we're going to get to see all that dumb fashion, and, most importantly, we're going to get to see Miley Cyrus host that mess. Can you imagine all the wonders this show is going to hold? We all remember what happened when Miley was just a performer at the 2013 VMAs -- what's going to happen when she's in charge of the whole thing? Magic, probably. (Editor's note: or horror. It's probably that one.)
So much magic, in fact, that the fun folks over at the Parents Television Council are pushing for a mature rating for the show. “It’s not going to be safe for children to watch," the president of the council explained, because "it’s probably going to be very edgy, very profane, very sexually explicit." He also thinks that "it’s unfortunate she built her entire career on the backs of parents and now she’s basically giving them the middle finger." Because of course Miley was very ungrateful to have matured, and if she cared about her fans at all she would never have removed that Hannah Montana wig and she'd keep everything nice and respectable so parents could sit their five-year-olds down to watch the VMAs. This is basically the biggest injustice that anyone has ever experienced.
But hey, how impressive is it that after all this time, Miley still knows just how to get us? Congrats, girl. You better twerk.