Miley Cyrus made “twerking” a household word after her wild performance at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but the 21-year-old pop star is not taking credit for creating the raunchy dance style. Instead, she claims the craze dates back to the days of the King of Rock ‘N Roll and his gyrating hips. In an interview posted on Sunday with Australian TV show “Sunday Night,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer said Elvis Presley pioneered the suggestive dance moves in the 1950s, and she added that he got away with it because he “wasn’t a girl.”
"He was like sex,” Cyrus said of The King. “It’s that double standard and I think I'm doing something for the double standard. Elvis, he wasn't wearing the outfits I was wearing but he was coming out and he was doing like the OG twerking. Like, no one wants to admit that he was twerking, he was."
While Cyrus may be the first person to ever compare Presley’s famous hip swivel to twerking, she’s wrong when she hints that he wasn’t called out for it. After a 1956 performance of “Hound Dog “on “the Milton Berle Show,” Presley found himself in hot water when he debuted his suggestive gyrating-hips movement. The iconic singer was slammed by media outlets, religious organizations, and even the PTA, according to Rolling Stone. While the King defended his moves by saying it was just his natural movement with the beat of the music, he was only shot from the waist up on subsequent TV shows.
Elvis danced alone, but Cyrus definitely took the heat for the controversial VMA performance last year, despite the fact that singer Robin Thicke was her (dance) partner in crime. “No one talked about him (Thicke) or what he was doing, it was all my fault,” she said. “It’s funny, I just never thought anything about it. Literally, I never thought ‘Oh this is like a married dude that I’m dancing with this way.’”
Thicke hasn’t done much to come to Miley’s defense. In fact, last fall People posted video of the “Blurred Lines” singer’s interview with Oprah Winfrey and he actually pointed a non-foam finger at Miley. “That's all on her," Thicke said of the twerk-heavy duet. "People ask me, 'Do you twerk?' I'm like, 'Listen, I'm the twerkee. I'm twerked upon…I was on stage. I didn't see it … I'm singing my butt off. I'm sitting there. I'm looking up at the sky, and I'm not really paying attention to all that."