Miley Cyrus on sex symbol sexism: 'No one would have ever called Elvis a sl*t because he wasn't a girl'

'It's that double standard and I think I'm doing something for the double standard,' she continued

Yes, Miley Cyrus officially announced her "retirement" from twerking at the MTV VMAs last week.

But she’s still angry about what she sees as the "double standard" of media sexism towards the move that made her famous. Especially as Elvis had employed similar stage tactics decades before she did.

Speaking about the Sixties sex symbol on Australian TV show Sunday Night, she said: “Elvis, he wasn't wearing the outfits I was wearing but he was coming out and he was doing like the OG twerking.

"Like, no one wants to admit that he was twerking, he was.

"He was like sex. He was a symbol of sex but no one would have ever called Elvis a sl*t because he wasn't a girl.

"It's that double standard and I think I'm doing something for the double standard."

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Elvis Presley, apparently "twerking"

Discussing her somewhat premature stepping down from the role of "chief twerker" – a baton she appears to have since passed to industry peer Nicki Minaj – during a pre-VMAs interview on the red carpet last Sunday (24 August), she admitted: "I’ve retired (from twerking), yeah.

"I’m making some music right now with the Flaming Lips. It’s different. It’s a little psychedelic, but still in that pop world.

"I live to be in the studio, that’s my favourite part, is bunkering down, working on a record," she continued. "This record might take me five years. I don’t know. I’m just going to work on it until I’m done.

"It’s not about twerking — it’s about music."

 

On how she felt that Minaj’s video for "Anaconda" had since surpassed her record of 20million views in 24 hours for "Wrecking Ball", she said: "I can bring that body, I can bring that wrecking ball, but I can’t bring that a**," she said.

Never-the-less, she won the coveted Video of the Year award at the event, leaving the acceptance speech up to homeless young person Jesse Helt.

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Little did she know that a warrant was actually out for Helt's arrest. After he'd successfully avoided imprisonment for three years, he turned himself into police on Thursday (28 August).

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