Miley Cyrus has made a case for Elvis Presley as the original twerker while criticising the media’s double standards when it comes to scrutinising male and female behaviour. Speaking to Australia’s Sunday Night, Cyrus said the differences between herself and Presley’s onstage behaviour are negligible.
“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,” Cyrus told Chris Bath (via NME). “He was like sex. He was a symbol of sex but no one would have ever called Elvis a shit because he wasn’t a girl. It’s that double standard and I think I’m doing something for the double standard.”
Cyrus also said that “concerned parents” who claim the pop singer sends a bad message to her young fans ought to calm down. “The only thing I’m an example of is freedom, especially in this time where the energy of the world is shifting from male energy to female energy,” Cyrus told the current affairs program.
Cyrus said that what is in her a opinion a modern trend towards feminism was sparked by popular figures like herself and her fans. “I think a lot of that [shift] was started by these girls that get to watch my show and see young people just being themselves and representing freedom,” said the singer.
While Cyrus, who was recently announced as part of the lineup for the iHeartRadio Music Festival’s Australian debut, may have caused a firestorm of controversy with her performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, the public reaction was not as dissimilar to Presley’s as she might think.
After an appearance on The Milton Berle Show that introduced many to his famous hip gyrations, cameramen were instructed to film Elvis from the waist up for his Ed Sullivan Show performances. Sullivan himself famously said, “We just can’t have this on a Sunday night. This is a family show!”
Watch: Elvis Presley – Hound Dog on The Milton Berle Show
Watch: Miley Cyrus at 2013 MTV Video Music Awards