Justin Timberlake used to date Britney Spears, back in the bright and shiny days of our youth, when all the prettiest people dated one another. Remember the denim coordination? The sexy snake dance? The glittery thong? Mistah JT does, and it’s allowed him to take a pretty chill view of Miley Cyrus’s gyrating, twerking, Internet-exploding Video Music Awards performance from Sunday’s MTV show.

“Listen, man, you know, it’s the VMAs. What did you guys expect?,” Justin told NYC’s Fresh 102.7 FM on August 27. “I like Miley. I like her a lot. I think, you know, she’s young. She’s letting everyone know that she’s growing up. I just think it’s the VMAs. It’s not like she did it at the GRAMMYs. Let her do her thing. You know?”

You hear that, haters?! Justin Timberlake says it’s fine, so it is. Justin says that his favorite part of the performance wasn’t the bears or the twerks or the weird nude PVC underwear — it was Will Smith’s family’s reactions to the whole thing. Which, yeah, that was ours too.

And he compares it to some of his main girls’ past performances, “Madonna: Wedding suit, humping the stage. Britney: Strip tease… This is not an uncommon thing.” Notice he didn’t mention the fashions of the VMAs in the Brit-Brit context… Though, we do wish he’d talked a little more about his ex’s famous performance.

All that really matters? Justin says that Miley is fine, he likes her, and the performance was appropriate for the occasion. There you have it. Judge Justin dismisses the Miley case, but will you keep hating on her for her VMA performance? Weigh in below.

Source: Fresh 102.7