September 24, 2013 1:17pm PT by Hilary Lewis
Miley Cyrus on 'Racist' VMA Criticism: 'I Don't Keep My Dancers Around 'Cause it Makes Me Look Cool'
Miley Cyrus is still talking about the twerking VMA performance that launched a thousand complaints.
This time, she lashes out at critics who think her performance was racist or a "minstrel show," in which she used her black dancers as props.
"I don't keep my producers or dancers around 'cause it makes me look cool," Cyrus tells Rolling Stone. "Those aren't my 'accessories.' They're my homies."
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She also disputes the notion that she's pretending to be black. "I'm from one of the wealthiest counties in America," she says. "I know what I am. But I also know what I like to listen to. Look at any 20-year-old white girl right now -- that's what they're listening to at the club. It's 2013. The gays are getting married, we're all collaborating. I would never think about the color of my dancers, like, 'Ooh, that might be controversial.' "
Cyrus also thinks it's a double standard that people are criticizing her for grinding with Robin Thicke but not bashing the "Blurred Lines" singer.
"No one is talking about the man behind the ass," she says. "It was a lot of 'Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,' but never, 'Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley.' They're only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there's a double standard."
And, she thinks it's strange that MTV bleeped her singing "molly" but showed her performance, comparing it to how Breaking Bad shows people cooking crystal meth but bleeps out the F-word.
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"America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong," she says. "Like, I was watching Breaking Bad the other day, and they were cooking meth. I could literally cook meth because of that show. It's a how-to. And then they bleeped out the word 'f---.' And I'm like, really? They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you're not allowed to say 'f---'? It's like when they bleeped 'molly' at the VMAs. Look what I'm doing up here right now, and you're going to bleep out 'molly'? Whatever."
In terms of non-VMA topics, Cyrus talks about another controversial young pop star, Justin Bieber, whom she says she's been mentoring, discouraging him from doing things that might make people not take him seriously.
She also reveals that she grew up and out of her Hannah Montana image while she filmed LOL with Demi Moore in Detroit and spent a summer in Philly, where Liam Hemsworth was filming Paranoia.
In Detroit, she started going to clubs and got a tattoo of a heart on her finger, which she hid from her mom by wearing a Band-Aid for two months, and she bonded with Moore, who was going through a rough patch with then-husband Ashton Kutcher, she tells Rolling Stone.
In Philly, she shaved her head, bought a pair of Doc Martens and her first chain and "started feeling [her] own vibe," Cyrus adds.