Miley Cyrus has faced down critics who accuse her of ‘exploitation’ by posting a picture of her plaiting her backing dancers’ hair. So, that’s sure to take the sting out of things. Quiet down, everyone. She’s friends with dwarves.
Miley was previously accused of making backing dancer Hollis Jane feel “less than human” after performing on stage with her at the VMA awards, with others criticising Miley for using little people are ‘props’.
“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,” Hollis wrote.
“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.”
But speaking to heat this week, fellow backing dancer Jordanna James said: “[Miley’s] not using anybody. She supports all shapes and sizes. She wants to embrace diversity – everyone’s different. That’s what I love about her. She’s giving us an opportunity.”
In answer to all that, Miley last night tweeted the picture of her sat backstage – leisurely plaiting some hair, while two of her backing dancers checked their phones – with the caption “#aslongasmybitchesloveme”. Those bitches don’t feel degraded, guys! It’s all okay!
She then took to The Today Show stage to perform a frankly psychedelic version of We Can’t Stop with her dancing troupe dressed as flowers, clouds and rainbows.
Miley is expected to announce a Bangerz world tour over the next few days, with more rainbow, cloud and flower nonsense expected to kick off in North America in 2014.