Because there’s a direct correlation between the number of people who can draw your privates from memory and how many VEVO views you get (incidentally, Wrecking Ball is at about 150 million views so the director’s cut should be out soon), Miley’s marketing plan is basically ‘Do what Rihanna did, only do it more n*ked.’
And it’s working because who doesn’t like constant n*dity from someone who’s not present enough nor developed enough to understand how reductive it can be when done like this.
As 90s band Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson said on Facebook a week ago, because she actually gets it, ‘If as a young woman you want to rebel and you want to be free, try doing what it is the system that you are imprisoned by doesn’t want you to do. It is not remotely clever, subversive, outrageous or even that interesting to be n*ked. I do it all the time. What else you got?’
Miley covers the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Inside the issue, she says words out loud because that matters to other people.
UPDATE: Added because it’s not getting its own post, Miley & Mike WiLL ’23′.
- On her VMAs performance: “I wasn’t trying to be sexy. If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing.”
- About the VMA’s double standard: ”No one is talking about the man behind the ass. 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.”
- On Brooke Shields calling her VMAs performance ‘desperate’: ’Brooke Shields was in a movie where she was a prostitute at age 12!’
- On wanting to be black or not: People are like, ” ‘Miley thinks she’s a black girl, but she’s got the flattest ass ever.’ I’m like, I’m 108 pounds! I know!”
- On her schtick: “Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I’ll probably never do that s**t again.”
- On her casual racism/ racial appropriation: “I don’t keep my producers or dancers around ’cause it makes me look cool. Those aren’t my ‘accessories.’ They’re my homies. I’m from one of the wealthiest counties in America. 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.’ What do you mean? Times are changing. I think there’s a generation or two left, and then it’s gonna be a whole new world.”
- On her neighbor Steve Carell of The Office: ”He always gives me the stank-eye because I drive so fast.”
- Kanye West is a Miley fan: “He came in and goes, ‘There are not a lot of artists I believe in more than you right now.’ The whole room went quiet. I was like, ‘Yo – can you say that again?!’ I just kept repeating that over and over in my mind, and it made me not nervous. Kanye is the shit. I kind of have a good relationship with him now. It’s good to have someone you can call and be like, ‘Yo, do you think I should wear this?’ ‘Do you think I should go in the studio with this guy?’ ‘Do you think this is cool?’ That’s what homies are supposed to do.”
- On Justin Bieber: “He’s trying really hard. People don’t take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him fuck that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start shit. Don’t come in shirtless.’ But the thing is, I think boys are, like, seven years behind. So in his head, he’s really, like, 12.”
- Her father is creepy: One time she went out to her backyard and saw a shadowy figure in the bushes. “I thought I was gonna get murdered,” she says, “and then I see my dad climbing my fence. He’s like, ‘Sissy! I found a secret path where I can get from my house to your house without having to go on the street!’ I’m like, ‘Dad, you definitely just trespassed through someone’s yard.’”
- How she sees herself: ’I call myself Rapunzel with a mohawk. Standing by my window, looking at the paparazzi, just wanting to leave the crib.’
- Pharrell Williams is enabling her: On the way back to L.A., Miley’s phone buzzes. “This is why I love Pharrell so much,” she says, then reads a text that he sent her out loud. It’s at least 1,000 characters long; she scrolls forever. “The VMAs was nothing more than God or the Universe showing you how powerful anything you do is,” he says at one point. “It’s like uranium – it has the power to take over lives or power entire countries. Now that you’ve seen your power, master it.”… “You’re not a train wreck,” he says later. “You’re the train pulling everyone else along.”