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Miley Cyrus says her VMAs performance 'made history'

Miley Cyrus speaks in an interview with MTV

Miley Cyrus speaks in an interview with MTV on Aug. 27, 2013. (Credit: MTV)

Miley Cyrus says critics were "over-thinking" her raunchy performance of "We Can't Stop" at last month's MTV Video Music Awards.

In a clip for an MTV documentary taped last week and released Tuesday, Cyrus said, "I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times. How many times have we seen this play out in pop music? You know what happens. Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, anyone that performs, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history."

"Me and Robin [Thicke, who performed briefly onstage with her at the Barclays Center] said, the whole time, you know we're about to make make history."

Historical or not, Cyrus' twerking and suggestive antics drew much outrage. Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," for instance, said the day after the VMAs: "That young lady, who is 20, is obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed. Probably has confidence issues, probably an eating disorder. And I don't think anybody should have put her up on stage. That was disgusting."

"People are over-thinking -- you're thinking about it more than when I did it," Cyrus told the documentary crew. "I didn't even think about it when I did it because that's just me."

A partially disrobed Cyrus gyrated her way through a song that Newsday critic Glenn Gamboa, in an earlier review, described as "part dance anthem, part poke in the eye to those who don't want the 20-year-old Disney princess to grow up."

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