“You could watch that performance from the VMAs and think that it’s a hot mess — but it’s a strategic hot mess.”

Miley Cyrus with Robin Thicke, right, who somehow hasn’t gotten as much flak for their August performance at the VMAs. (Charles Sykes / Invision/AP)

— Miley Cyrus addressing her hotly controversial lewd-dancing, foam-finger self-touching routine in a new MTV documentary by pointing out that, yeah, duh, she meant to shock everyone: “Madonna’s done it, Britney’s done it. . .  Anyone that performs, that’s what you’re looking for. . . You’re always gonna make people talk, you might as well make them talk for, like, two weeks rather than two seconds.” She offered a less philosophical defense, though, to a widely-circulated “open letter” from Sinead O’Connor, who cautioned the young star about “prostituting” herself. (“I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. It’s really not at all cool. And it’s sending dangerous signals to other young women.”) On Twitter, Cyrus tartly compared the volatile ’90s singer to troubled starlet Amanda Bynes and reminded everyone of O’Connor’s own controversy-mongering performance, when she shredded a photo of the pope on SNL in 1992.

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