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Justin Timberlake Compares Miley Cyrus at VMAs to Britney Spears

Justin Timberlake Compares Miley Cyrus at VMAs to Britney Spears

Justin Timberlake has commented on Miley Cyrus‘ much buzzed about 2013 MTV VMAs performance, comparing her to the likes of ex-girlfriend Britney Spears and Madonna.

Madonna: Wedding suit, humping the stage. Britney: Strip tease,” Justin told a CBS affiliate. “This is not an uncommon thing. I actually thought all the bears were really cool!”

“Listen, man, you know, it’s the VMAs. What did you guys expect?,” Justin added. “I like Miley. I like her a lot. I think, you know, she’s young. She’s letting everyone know that she’s growing up. I just think it’s the VMAs. It’s not like she did it at the GRAMMYs. Let her do her thing. You know?”

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  • alan

    shut up jt britney at least was classy and not trashy like miley


    The little devil horns were hilarious…

  • Ty

    I agree Justin! She got everyone talking and people are going to remember this

  • DiatribesAndOvations

    Timberlake didn’t come to Adam Lambert’s defense after his 2009 American Music Awards performance.

    There is certainly a double standard at play. If Robin Thicke had initiated the bumping and grinding Cyrus would be the victim in the aftermath.

  • wow

    JT is right! & It was MTV & MIley is almost 21 – so people – get over it!

  • mick

    @DiatribesAndOvations: Nobody asked him about Adam after the VMA’s. He only defended Miley because they asked him.

  • Pepper

    Growing up is not an explanation, many of us grew up without acting whore-y.

  • DiatribesAndOvations

    I think Kelly Clarkson hit the nail on the head when she noticed “pitchy strippers” last Sunday night. When you’ve got the pipes, you don’t have to undress to entertain.

    If Robin Thicke had molested Miley Cyrus on stage he’d be in jail. The double standard lives!

  • Laur

    No, don’t let her do her thing. Her performance was not entertainment and she shouldn’t be paid for that crap. The singing was bad, and the performance was something I think everyone would rather not see.

  • mick

    @mick: I meant the AMA’s not the VMA’s about Adam. Justin would have defended Adam though had he been asked. He’s very open about gay rights so….

  • Dieter!!!!!!

    SHE WAS HAVING A TWERK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cris

    No, just no. Madonna and Britney looked sexies only. Miley looked like she was on drugs, like a cheap w.h0r3 who couldn’t keep her tongue inside her own mouth. It sounded desperate, ridiculous. And that’s why she became a international joke and Madonna and Britney didn’t.

  • Amy

    I find it absolutely hilarious how JT has this look on his face like “I’m the ish you know?”…dude, go to sleep, seriously, you are ridiculous…

  • Susan

    Come on, Justin. Grow a pair. Yes, everyone has to grow up at some point but we don’t choose the path that she has in order to prove that. Not all Disney kid’s have done this and turned out quite well. She’s just a nasty tweaker out to prove that she’s trash.

  • Serena

    Well I like Miley really much and I love her voice and I like her new music and understand that ‘growing up-thing’. I love ‘Wrecking Ball’. Keep that in mind while reading.
    But I don’t like those feelings she gave me watching her. Sadness, lost, loneliness, be ashamed of watching, desperate attemtp to come across as wild, free, happy, badass, grown up, ghetto and so on. Perhaps she did drugs, perhaps she was lonely. I don’t know but I felt sad and ashamed. And I really hope she is ok. Perhaps her relationship is rocky, perhaps there are other things going on, I just hope she is ok or is getting ok and getting help if she need it.
    So I thought -like Justin- of Britney at the VMA’s. But Britney in 2007. She gave me the same feelings back on that day.

  • bb

    Ugh. . Miley stop twerking and stop sticking that damn tongue out. Disgusting.

  • sillyme

    I’m shocked by Justin’s comment “she’s letting everybody know that she’s grown up.” Seriously? That’s how a young woman should show that she’s grown up? That’s scary. But, I think it’s the opposite. That’s how a young woman shows that she is still a child, if she thinks that prancing around half naked and sticking her ass in a guy’s face shows that she’s grown. She reminds me of the girl who goes to a party and gets stinking drunk – to show that she’s grown – and then gets taken advantage of by a bunch of guys.

  • Stephanie

    She knew exactly what she was doing….I am sure this was planned MONTHS in advance…her “performance” was meant to stir up things, keep her in the spotlight….the media LOVES a train wreck…and she’s giving it to them, whether she is on a downward spiral or not.. I don’t really get the tongue thing….I lost count on how many times she stuck it out…. But, she’s 20 yrs old for Pete’s sake….why is everyone sooooo surprised??? Britney had her “skank” moment….so did Christina…..Kesha is STILL in the “skank” moment lol….now it ‘s this little tarts turn. Let her have it…..she’ll fall on the wayside soon enough.

  • nm

    really people?Britney was classy??I’d like to remind you that Britney too caused an outrage, both with her songs and her performances!At her time, she was the provocative one, opening the door to even extreme performances by other artists.Just because it’s our past, we tend to think it was ok.It wasn’t.Madonna wasn’t ok at her time, Britney wasn’t ok at her time, and neither is Miley now.They all broke barriers.Just wait a few years, and then you’ll be looking back to the good old days when Miley only grinded against Robin Thicke.Soon there’ll be another Miley to “shock”you even more.

  • lolatoopointoh

    Britney classy? In what universe?! JT is delusional, why is he even being asked about this?

  • OhCanada

    Her yeast infected tongue is starting to gross me out and become a thing of nightmares. I dreamt last night her g-d damned tongue chased me. The horror! ‘it’ is now in my dreams. I am going to SUE!

  • Dee

    STFU Justin, you overrated MJ wannabee! Britney’s performance was erotic, yet tasteful, & she showed she is an amazing live performer. Madonna is a Legend who des not need me to defend her. Miley was embarrisingly pathetic & all she showed was she had zero talent & is a nasty skank. You are using this to diss your ex, you must still be hung up on her all these years to be so bitter.

  • offtheproperty

    Timberlake’s next principled thought will be his first.
    Don’t hold your breath.

  • STD

    what the hell is wrong that she cant keep her tongue in her mouth? she must wanna suck everything in site. Get a STD test Hemsworth.

  • lan

    Hahaha xD 1 vote from me :)

  • Jessy

    When Miley starts doing coke 10-15 times, car jacks someone, steals jewelry from stores, punches people in bars, gets DUIs, and does hit and runs on PCH, then there is something to worry about. She’s harmless .

  • Pork my Beans

    timberlake is a yes man he will do and say whatever the suits tell him, just another hollywood puppet doing what he is instructed

  • Pork my Beans


    you sound really naive !

  • Monae

    @cris: you read the words right out of my mouth. I think people are accepting this because they feel as if she is having fun….She might be having fun, but they way she has fun makes her look like she is on some type of drugs. I don’t like how they are letting her get away with this crap. If it was any other artist they would have been all on their asses saying, “Oh this person is a wh0re, or this person this..” I don’t like how some people are just letting it ride. She is looking like a complete idiot & people are making it seem as if it’s cute or she is just having fun the B.S. is real. We get your a grown woman but honey grown women shouldn’t act like this. Grown women should have more class & should not be twerking on stage & having on a bra & underwear set that is to tight & makes her look stupid. Miley come on your better than this “I wanna try hard because I want attention” phase your in. Stop it

  • go go

    she’s copying the spring breakers lifestyle, she has prob seen that movie 100x! she wants to be cool so badly, except she doesnt have to rob a restaurant, or depend on a drug dealer, she just has everything delivered to her ivory mansion. so she has it very safe, unlike people IRL

  • jp

    boo justin.. you’re still not over Britney.. stop talking bad about her.. she’s never said anything bad about you… get over it already!

  • cheana

    Britney’s VMAs were iconic, that can’t be said to Miley or JT :)))

  • alex21

    BRITNEY and MADONNA were beautiful, MILEY looks like a RAG DOLL #fact

  • Ashta

    What was he supposed to say? This was a gentle way to keep bland on the subject. If he’d even hinted of disapproval, it would be all over the other celebrities who need the attention took the cahnce to tweet about it.

    Miley can do whatever she likes but she just looked revolting. Entertainment is a two way thing and well, here’s the feedback: she wasn’t entertaining or liberated, she looked off her head and seriously lewd and unhygienic.

  • Jessie

    I wouldn’t care if she went out there barea ss, it’s her life. I don’t think anyone could expect anything else from Miley at this point. The thing is I don’t know what she was trying to do or prove. That thing she had on with the cartoon face and her hair do made her look like a five year old who really isn’t coordinated. What she called dancing looked like she was having a fit. I did notice that a lot of the black entertainers weren’t smiling or clapping. They might say one thing to her face, but I bet they’re laughing their a sses off at the lame country bumpkin who thinks she has some kind of cred now. She should be happy she’s rich instead of dissing her old fans. If she only wanted people to talk about her, then congratulations to her.


    No.21; That was latte tongue, not yeast.

  • angela

    That is NOT what people thought at the time. They said she was like a pseudo prostitute, a stripper, was talentless and a bad role model for teenagers and children. They even made a whole documentary on it on MTV called “When Sex Goes Pop”.

  • Rose

    I heard the radio interview and he NEVER compared Miley Cyrus performance with Britney’s performance in 2000, he just said the vma’s are an spectacle and pure entertainment and he gave two examples: Bitney and Madonna, but just as the most iconic references, that’s it.

  • Boring

    “She’s letting everyone know she’s growing up?” By acting like a juvenile mess?

    Timberlake is another vapid moron. That moron straining to play the elder statesman with his inarticulate spew – he’s just another talentless juvenile. What a sad joke is today’s crop of “young” performers.

    She can “do her thing” in front of the bathroom mirror where we all don’t have to look at it. The music industry needs to stop the lazy sleazy stunts and exploitation and start finding and building real musical talent.

  • Natasha (Nataliya) Stasyi

    Who’d u compare urself to, Justin, a? Awful statement Justin!

  • ace11

    I LOVE how a guy who cheatsts on his wife constantly and probably has the morals of a sewer rat is left to comment on this

  • Sincerely concerned

    Revisited the nightmare of Bittany in the 2007 MTV awards. Sounds like Justin says that when a trainwreck is happening, you just sit back and call it growing up. Down right pitiful that there is not someone like Randy on American Idol overseeing these productions. No one should be above being told that their talent sucks.

  • Sincerely concerned

    Ironic that Justin looks like Miley’s pimp in these 2 pictures…

  • aquarius64

    I think this interview is self-serving; there have been reports that Justin was p.o.’d that Miley upstaged him. This was suppose to be his big night at the VMAs for winning the Vanguard award. (It was suppose to be Lady GaGa’s night too for her comeback.) Justin is trying to look gracious.

    The ONE person who has not defended Miley publicly is her “fiancĂ©” Liam Hemsworth. Not even a statement from his reps. Paula Patton, Robin Thicke’s wife, had a statement come out within 24 hours of Ratchet-gate stating she was fine with that mess. (Uh, okay.) It’s now day 3. The point is one significant other is on the record; the other one isn’t. Liam’s silence speaks volumes. Maybe Miley is paying a price for this.

  • http://yahoo brenda

    Miley is a wanna be freak. Her boyfriend will never marry her.

  • Go Miley…

    JT’s right, people have very short memories. There was lots of outrage about Madonna, Britney & others behavior at different times over the years.

    Why do people think they have ownership over Miley & feel they can tell her what she can & can’t do just because she played the role of Hanna Montana???????

    This is her way of getting rid of Hanna Montana once & for all after no doubt being sick of constantly hearing “I like the old Miley, my kids loved Hanna Montana”…… Waa waa waa.

    At least now people know what to expect & can make the choice of being a fan without thinking they’re going to see “the old Miley”….Blah blah blah!

    Now it’s the “new” Miley if you don’t like it then move on & get over it!!!

  • groundcontrol

    Well, good for him for putting it in its proper perspective.
    People need to retract their claws and put down their stones. Young people, especially young artists on display, can make mistakes in judgement. It’s not the end of the world.
    Plenty of male artists use sexual innuendo and behavior and don’t get the level of attack this young woman is getting.
    I also remember a much much older Madonna bringing raunch to the stage as well as other of her “artistic endeavors.”

  • OhCanada


    Latte? LOL. That is yeast on her tongue. She is vile and I wish she would get off my planet and out of my reality. Rank. Just bloody rank, she is.

  • Chelsea B

    I love her, she is so Smart and Beautiful. She met her Boyfriend and got Married through MarriageDateDotOrg

  • Saffron

    I find her extremely annoying but at the same time, I feel sorry for her. I think she is delusional. I have never seen a person more thirsty. But then again she just mixed a track with Kanye who is a legitimate artist.