Miley Cyrus' Backup Dancer Hollis Jane Shines New Light on VMA Performance
In the midst of controversies surrounding the "twerking" songstress throughout the past few months, Miley Cyrus is now the subject of critique from an unlikely source: one of her own backup dancers. Posting a critique of her participation in Miley's VMA performance on her blog Wednesday (October 9), Hollis Jane revealed what really went on behind the scenes.
She began by stating, "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."
"When they asked me to audition for Miley’s tour, I was incredibly hesitant," Jane continued. "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 at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Jane left "shaking and crying." She writes, "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."