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Miley Cyrus is hardly the first pop star to shock an audience with her half-naked antics -- just ask Cher. The 67-year-old diva, who wore this for a 1979 album and this to the 1986 Oscars, knows a thing or two about being controversial. So you'd think she'd be supportive of Miley, right?
Well -- sort of. In an interview with USA Today, Cher said she appreciates artists who take risks -- if they have the talent to back it up. And as far as the "Woman's World" singer is concerned, Cyrus does not.
"(It) was so bad," Cher said of Miley's "We Can't Stop" performance at the VMAs. "I'm not old-fashioned. She could have come out naked, and if she'd just rocked the house, I would have said, 'You go, girl.'"
"It just wasn't done well," the older singer complained. "She can't dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn't great, one cheek was hanging out. And, chick, don't stick out your tongue if it's coated."
We're not entirely sure what the tongue thing means -- was she saying Miley was high, drunk, or in need of a dentist? -- but the message was loud and clear: Cher was not impressed.
It's kind of funny how Cher is the only person to really drive home this particular point. Everyone's been talking about Miley's wardrobe and obscene gestures, but her singing and dancing that night was, truly, not her best. If she had done that part better, maybe the rest of it wouldn't have looked so goofy? Maybe?
Even though Cher is critical, she's also a class act, who knows how hard it is to be a woman in the spotlight. After the USA Today interview was published, she took to Twitter to offer Miley an olive branch.
"Re. Miley... I Think What I Think,but Having Said That...I'm a little ashamed (which is Total bulls**t,how can u B a LITTLE ASHAMED) thatI didn't keep my big Opinionated mouth Shut," Cher wrote. "WTF is MY PROBLEM ! I'm 2 Old to fall prey 2"Tell us, Oh wise 1,What did YOU think of M.S ?"
Here's what the artist says she should have responded: "I didn't like it that much, but she's pushing the envelope, being an artist! She's talented and didn't commit a felony."
She adds that she now believes Miley to be "fkng BRILLIANT," because "WE'RE STILL TALKING ABOUT IT." We think Miley would agree with Cher on that one.
And we have to say, it was pretty big of Cher to go back and eat her own words. She may have the ego to wear this bodysuit well into her sixties, but Cher knows her boundaries: she demands the best of herself without belittling others. As Miley grows out of her twerking-teddy-bear phase, she'd do well to look to ladies like Cher for diva lessons.