Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't, Huh, Miley?

10/11/2013 7:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor

"... I was a bear in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that…anything where I was being used because of my height, not because of my talent. And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do. I realize not everyone shares my opinion and I might just be young and naive, but I feel like the acceptance of this kind of treatment has got to stop."

--A woman who goes by the Twitter name of Hollis Jane, on her MTV VMA performance as a "little person" dancing bear, and how it made her feel all sorts of wrong inside, which is understandable. 

See, it really, really is a fair point. And it's especially a fair point, coming from the point of view of someone who actually is, and refers to herself as, a "little person." The thing is, the point sort of loses a little bit of fidelity when you consider that Hollis Jane likely auditioned for this particular role, wanted this particular role, and admittedly received ample compensation for this role. And is that not the point of show business? Or jobs of any fashion? 

She continued by saying that the dress rehearsals made her shake and cry: 

"I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand. After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying." 

Commendable, Hollis, and it sounds like you've learned a lesson of sorts in being a little bit more choosy when it comes to roles that you feel befits your talents and personality. However, here's another lesson -- don't follow through with things that you feel are unethical to begin with, because that's when people are going to go ahead and question your real motives, like it or not.  


Filed Under:  Miley Cyrus , Hollis Jane , dancing

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962 days ago

Sucks to be a bear!

962 days ago

Miley's sure knows how to accessorize

962 days ago

If she feels so degraded she should probably give them the paycheck back!

962 days ago

Did they force her to perform at gun point? She could have walked away!

962 days ago

really no sympathy for her tears...she auditioned, rehearsed, rehearsed some more, had some snacks from the kraft table, rehearsed some more, had a number of days to think about quitting, rehearsed, then performed and was paid for said performance. she knew what she was being paid for, so... get over it, twerp.

962 days ago

Because little people get offered so many various show biz jobs that she can be choosy, how dare she want to earn some money in the entertainment field. We all have to do some degrading jobs in our lifetime and bellyache about them afterwards. Everybody has a bad judgement call sometimes, right, Miley?

961 days ago

I was pretty disgusted when I saw them using "little people" in the performance as well tbh. Twerk and grind on people all you like, but don't use what is essentially a person's disability for a joke. On a related note, that's why I love the actor who plays Tyrion in Game of Thrones - he's a serious actor, not just playing a clown to be laughed at.

961 days ago

This "keep the paycheck thing" must be a talking point from the Miley camp. She did the job so she should keep the money. There aren't a lot of jobs out there for people with her stature that have any dignity. Maybe she went in hoping it would be different.

961 days ago

Nobody would have known, her head was covered. Stop complaining! You don't hear TED complaining. lol