Cyndi Lauper on Cyrus VMA Performance: 'So Sad'
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December 23, 2014
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In a radio interview with Australia's Brig & Lehmo on Gold 104.3, Tony Award-winning star Cyndi Lauper shared her thoughts on Miley Cyrus' controversial performance at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.
"That was girl gone wild. So sad, so sad," said the Grammy winner, who added that the young star was sending a bad message to her teen fans. "She's in a song that literally says that the blurred lines allowed you to-when a woman says no, she means yes-and that's frightful because that's date rape."
She continued, "And there she is, a young twentysomething trying to prove she can hang with the big boys and girls, you know, basically simulating a Girl Gone Wild video onstage. And I just felt like that was so beneath her and raunchy, really raunchy," and added, "It wasn't even art."
Lauper won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Original Score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater for KINKY BOOTS. This makes her the first woman to win the Tony solo for Best Score of a Musical.
The 60-year-old is a Grammy and Emmy award-winning artist, who after more than 25 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 30 million, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legions of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She's So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-10 singles from a debut album.
Since then, Lauper has released 10 additional studio albums, with her most recent, the Grammy-nominated Memphis Blues, ruling the Billboard Blues chart for 14 consecutive weeks to become the best-selling Blues album of 2010. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards. Lauper recently captured her journey through music and life in her New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Cyndi Lauper: A Memior. As an actress, Lauper made her Broadway debut in Three Penny Opera alongside Alan Cumming in 2006. She has appeared in numerous television shows, including "Mad About You" (Emmy Award) and "Bones," and films, including The Opportunist with Christopher Walken, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Life with Mikey, Off and Running, and Vibes. Lauper returns to television in 2013, but this time as herself, in the docu-series Cyndi Lauper: She's Still So Unusual on WE TV. Lauper also continues her philanthropic work through her foundation, the True Colors Fund.