As the actress who played Miley Cyrus’s mother on the long-running Disney show Hannah Montana, Brooke Shields made her opinion very clear of the 20-year-old “We can’t Stop” singer and her shockingly raunchy performance at last night’s VMAs.
In a recent interview on The Today Show, Shields said, “I was Hannah Montana's mother. I do not approve. Where did I go wrong?" The 48-year-old mother of two threw up her hands in response to the pop diva’s suggestive antics, which included tongue-waving, twerking, and faux masturbation with a giant foam finger, all while wearing a nude bra and panties.
Shields voiced a puzzled reaction shared by many regarding the pop princess, but also seemed to sympathize with her, saying, "I just want to know who's advising her, and why it's necessary." She added, "I mean the whole finger thing and the hand and Robin [Thicke] probably at that point was going, ‘I don't think this is a good idea.’"
The actress pointed out the difference between Cyrus’ style and other performers’ such as Lady Gaga, explaining, "(Gaga has) a genius behind all of it. It's not just display, you know, I think it's different."
Shields agreed with host Willie Geist about Disney stars and their need to “overcorrect” their pristine, squeaky-clean images. Shields said her daughters “met [Miley] when I was playing her mother. And then we went to her Miley Cyrus concert and it was a very different vibe.” She added, "You could see her trying so hard to go against that… She can sing beautifully, and I feel like if she lets that lead, rather than let her bottom lead… And the tongue out, and I think it's just a little desperate… trying so, so hard."
Sounding like the concerned parent she undoubtedly is, Shields noted, "[Our children] can't watch that." Although the actress did have one positive bit of acknowledgement for her former co-worker, "You've got to give her some credit. We're all talking about her."