Miley Cyrus Defends Herself in an Interview With The New York Times

Posted Thursday December 26, 2013 11:58 PM GMT

Facing down accusations of drug and sex-fueled notoriety brought against her in recent months, Miley Cyrus went into a lengthy interview with the New York Times, revealing how she deals with critics who also call her racist, and a bad influence.

The 21-year-old singer opened up about her MTV Video Music Awards performance, saying, “It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist, which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around.”

Also explaining that most critics were simply looking for faults in whom she chose as back-up dancers, Miley said, "People got a rise out of me saying that I was a feminist, but I am. I’m telling women be whoever you want to be."

"I went from people just thinking I was, like, a baby to people thinking I'm this, like, sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day," she said about her changing appearance and image. "It's like, 'Has anyone ever heard of rock n' roll?' There’s a sex scene in pretty much every single movie, and they go, 'Well, that's a character.' Well, that's a character. I don’t really dress as a teddy bear and, like, twerk on Robin Thicke, you know?"

When asked whether or not she keeps an eye on her fellow mainstream pop artists, the "Wrecking Ball" singer stated, " I watch everyone’s music videos, to the point where I’m O.C.D., looking at every single thing they’re wearing and what they’re doing. It was hard for me to watch that kind of stuff. I was so jealous of what everyone else got to do, because I didn’t get to truly be myself yet."

And when the conversation involving drugs came up, Miley does not want to glamorize them, saying, "I’ve got a little sister. I don’t want her to smoke weed, and it’s not because I think weed is bad, but [she'll make the choice when she's old enough]."

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