Justin Timberlake Bashes Miley Cyrus VMA Performance, Saying Raunchy 'Blurred Lines' Twerking Is What Parents Don't Want To See [VIDEO]

By Stephanie Kristine Spencer September 19, 2013 12:42 PM EDT
Justin Timberlake poses with his multiple Moonman awards during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo: Reuters)
Justin Timberlake poses with his multiple Moonman awards during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (Photo: Reuters)

Pop star Justin Timberlake took to the Today Show this week and spoke candidly about his thoughts on today's young stars. Starting his career off as a child star in the Mickey Mouse Club, then swiftly making his way into music, Timberlake knows a thing or two about the pressures that are put on celebrities.

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When asked by Matt Lauer about his thoughts on Miley Cyrus' controversial performance with Robin Thicke at the Video Music Awards and whether the public was treating Cyrus unfairly, the "Tunnel Vision" singer was hesitant to respond.

"I don't know that I have a definitive thought in one direction or the other about it," he coyly told Lauer. "I think she's really smart, and I think she's really talented."

Timberlake, who won a lifetime achievement award at only 32 on the same night as Cyrus' performance, went on to say that Cyrus has been turned into a role model of sorts.

Singer Miley Cyrus poses at the premiere of Paranoia in Los Angeles (Photo: Reuters)
Singer Miley Cyrus poses at the premiere of Paranoia in Los Angeles (Photo: Reuters)

"I'm not saying I agree with the presentation, but I also feel like every 10 to 15 years we pick somebody that this is what we're going to do with them, is we're going to make them the model of who we want our daughters to be or not be," he said.

Timberlake was not the only one who has been asked about their opinion on Cyrus' extreme behavior. Diva Cher recently shared her view on the star's performance, and the "If I Could Turn Back Time" icon did not go as easy on the former Disney singer.

"I'm not old-fashioned," Cher told USA Today. "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. 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."

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