One of Miley Cyrus’ own backup dancers is now speaking out against her infamous VMA performance in a recent blog post.
In it, the performer who goes by the name Hollis Jane writes, “I was a bear in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that…anything where I was being used because of my height, not because of my talent. And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do. I realize not everyone shares my opinion and I might just be young and naive, but I feel like the acceptance of this kind of treatment has got to stop.”
Jane, who was hired for her short stature, also writes that she took the job as a means to pay off some debts after years of trying to break into the industry.
“When they asked me to audition for Miley’s tour, I was incredibly hesitant. The money was great and I would have gotten a free trip to Las Vegas. My computer had recently broken and my car needed (and still needs) multiple repairs. I could have fixed a lot of that with the Miley money. So, I sent in my audition tape.”
But after the first dress rehearsal in Brooklyn, Jane felt degraded.
“I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand.”
It’s sad when people take jobs because they feel like there wouldn’t be any other way. But alas, we all make decisions we regret.