Miley Cyrus on MTV VMAs Director’s Sexist Comments

Miley Cyrus opened up about working with a director when filming the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards performance of her song “Midnight Sky.”

In her conversation with Joe Rogan, Miley opened up about the sexist comments she had to put up with while filming the performance.

The singer told Joe her dispute with the VMAs director had nothing to do with “some diva s—,” but rather it was about lighting.

“I wanted the lights to be turned off and then the lighting of the room to just be lighting me. So no key light, no beauty light,” she said, according to TooFab. “And beauty light is always used on women and I said, turn the f— lights off. You would never tell Travis Scott or Adam Levine that he couldn’t turn the beauty light off. I want this red lighting.”

The lighting team she was working with then told her, “‘Okay, okay, we’ll just do the same thing that we would do with the guys,’ because that’s what I want,” she recalled.

Miley was later asked if she wanted to “be treated like a guy and lit like a guy” to which she replied, “Well, a guy wouldn’t be doing this because a guy doesn’t sell your show with sex the way that I’m going to. It’s a ridiculous conversation and also embarrassing.”

“I get it done,” she added of getting her vision realized. “The balance that I’ve found is firm and kind. I don’t lose my kindness, but also don’t become a mat, but I am firm about what I want.”

Watch the full interview below: