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Paul McCartney Calls Criticism of Miley Cyrus "Ridiculous," Says He Too Can "Twerk with the Best of Them"

Image courtesy of MJ Kim/MPL Communications (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of MJ Kim/MPL Communications (via ABC News Radio)

While many veteran artists slammed Miley Cyrus for her scandalous MTV Video Music Awards performance, no less a music legend than Paul McCartney recently told Britain's Sky News that he wasn't offended by it at all.  Now, in a new interview, he claims that not only does he think that the young pop star's performance was good, but he boasts that he, too, can do Cyrus' signature dance move.

Following a live performance on BBC Radio 2 , host Jo Whiley asked Sir Paul to give his thoughts on Miley.  "Disgusting!" he cried, and then, as the audience laughed, he added, "Of course I don't mean it.  I think it's ridiculous the way that everyone is [saying], 'Oh dear me, she shouldn't do that!'  I mean, it's not like we haven't seen it before!"

The former Beatle then pointed out that Miley is simply doing what it takes to stand out in the very crowded pop music world.

"Somebody said to me, 'You know, these days, in that kind of field she's in, there's a lot of noise, so you've got to do something to get above the chatter.'  And I think that's what you'll see a lot of the guys doing and the girls doing.  I don't think she was bad at all.  She looked good, I thought!"

As the audience laughed again, McCartney added, "I can twerk with the best of them!"

Of course, it probably takes a lot to shock the rock icon.  After all, his Beatles band mate John Lennon once posed completely nude on an album cover with his future wife Yoko Ono , who was also completely naked.

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