When Paul McCartney was growing up in Liverpool, the most controversial music du jour may not have looked all that different from today’s scandalized performances—minus, of course, the use of foam fingers. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as much of surprise that Sir Paul told Sky News that he doesn’t see what all the fuss is about over Miley Cyrus’ much talked-about performance at this year’s VMA awards. In fact, the legendary musician says he wasn’t even the slightest bit shocked by it.
“I don’t think it’s explicit at all,” he told Sky’s Charlotte Hawkins. “I mean, she’s a young girl — she’s like only 20 or something. She’s just having a go.” McCartney, who has a 10-year-old daughter who listens to Cyrus’ music, seems to be a pretty good sport when it comes to pop music.
“I think it was only mildly shocking,” he added. “She’s dancing with Robin Thicke — so what? We’ve seen worse than that.” McCartney also listed Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake as a few pop stars that have impressed him lately. He didn’t specify what he considers ‘worse’ than Cyrus’ routine at the VMAs, though he could consult Letterman if he needs some inspiration.