Miley On ‘Badass’ Joe Jonas Weed Story

miley-cyrus-joe-jonas-weed-storyIn 2013, Miley Cyrus wagged her tongue and set tongues wagging. Thanks to a handful of steamy videos, some outrageous wardrobe choices and an erotic comedic performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Ms. Cyrus took the warp-speed path from directionless ex-child star (as the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana) to the most directional of pop stars,

Sliding easily into the role of pop’s enfant terrible. Her album ‘Bangerz’ (RCA), for which she’ll begin touring in February, was notable for its risk-taking attitude in a year when her competition played it frustratingly smooth.

One recent morning, she was at the Four Seasons in New York after a bumpy weekend in which she missed a show in Boston because of weather, then had problems with her voice. But even at the early hour, she was focused and..

..businesslike and hyper self-aware, joking about getting a little Bailey’s for her coffee. These are excerpts from the conversation.

Q. I was struck in your MTV documentary ‘Miley: The Movement’ by how aware of the V.M.A.s’ importance you were. A. But I didn’t know that I was going to be the only one that was really going to push it like that. It’s actually really funny how many people could watch my performance, and they think it was, like, sexist and degrading to women, and somehow people found that it was racist,

Which I couldn’t even wrap my mind around. Because I’m like: ‘How do I win? If I have white dancers, then I’m racist. If I have black girl dancers, then I’m racist.” We know we’re not racist, and I know I’m not putting down women. People got a rise out of me saying that I was a feminist, but I am. I’m telling women be whoever you want to be.

As people have brought these things up to you over the last year, has it changed your personal thinking about race?

No, I never let that change me. My grandma, who is alive, was living in a time where there was no way in hell that she would’ve ever thought there would’ve been a black president. I mean, never. And my grandma’s like, not even 80, so this is in a short period of time that things have changed so much. I really thought about it a lot when Nelson Mandela passed away, because I couldn’t even imagine living this life and seeing how much it’s changed. So, you know, I look forward to when I’m older, my kids being like, “What do you mean people ever even talked about what color your dancers were?”

You obviously know that the primary visual imprint of you from the last six months is either the V.M.A.s or your videos.

I went from people just thinking I was, like, a baby to people thinking I’m this, like, sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day. It’s like, “Has anyone ever heard of rock ’n’ roll?” There’s a sex scene in pretty much every single movie, and they go, “Well, that’s a character.” Well, that’s a character. I don’t really dress as a teddy bear and, like, twerk on Robin Thicke, you know?

Last night, I was talking about some Madonna performances, and I said, “At some point, everything becomes irrelevant.” Like, no one even thinks about when she did “Like a Virgin” at the V.M.A.s. That just becomes a standard, where it’s just like, “Oh, that’s her thing.” So, I feel like now that I did the V.M.A.s, that just kind of became a standard for me, and then anytime I do anything else, they’re like, “Miley kept it tame tonight.”

How closely do you watch what other pop stars are doing?

I watch everyone’s music videos, to the point where I’m O.C.D., looking at every single thing they’re wearing and what they’re doing. Before, because I didn’t have my own personal self yet, it was hard for me to watch that kind of stuff. I was so jealous of what everyone else got to do, because I didn’t get to truly be myself yet. But now I realize how much they’re not being themselves either. You don’t have to be signed to Disney Channel to be put in a box, or to be rated PG. I’m with artists sometimes, and I’ll take a picture of them or whatever. They make me delete it.

You’re not serious.

Yeah, it’s insane. I’ll get someone to, like, flash me, and they’ll be, like, “You have to delete it!” I had to do that when I was 14 or 15, but even then I didn’t care. Like, if someone was videoing me ripping a bong, I didn’t care, so it’s just funny to me. I’m like: “Dude, you’re 30. Like, why can’t someone see a picture of your [breasts]?”

I don’t have a bunch of celeb friends, because I feel like some of them are a little scared of the association. This is terrible. I was backstage with [the rising pop star] Ariana Grande. I’m like, “Walk out with me right now and get this picture, and this will be the best thing that happens to you, because just you associating with me makes you a little less sweet.”

It’s less A-line dress.

Exactly. She’s trying. I see her wearing the shorter things. She comes in, and she goes, “This made me feel like you.” And I’m like, “That was like my sixth grade prom dress.” She’s, I think, still on Nickelodeon. She has people that she has to kind of respect.

She has contracts.

And answer to, exactly. Things came out that happened — like, you know, bong videos — when I was on Disney. But I never wanted to do that to Disney. When I was no longer employed by anyone, that’s when I was like, “O.K., I’m going to do my own thing.” But I waited until I felt like I had respectfully finished out what I was supposed to do, you know?

Did you feel a way about Joe Jonas outing you and Demi Lovato as having been the ones to introduce him to pot?

If you want to smoke weed, you’re going to smoke weed. There’s nothing that two little girls are going to get you to do that you don’t want to do. I thought maybe he was saying that like it was going to make him look badass.

It’s the opposite.

We were so young that it’s actually like, “How did you get peer pressured by me?”

Was it true that you had a Vogue cover pulled because of the V.M.A.s?

I can’t say too much. But it was where I was kind of going to have to do this trade-off, and I wasn’t willing to. Right now, me doing any kind of cover for anything that’s like, a Seventeen or Teen Vogue or whatever, the way that I talk isn’t the way that people that are 17 really understand. There was a thing that Kurt Cobain said, something like, “There’s a special place in hell for people that glamorize drugs,” and I never want to be that person that’s, like, talking to 16- and 17-year-olds and being like, “Smoke weed.” I’ve got a little sister. I don’t want her to smoke weed, and it’s not because I think weed is bad, but — —

When she’s old enough to make that choice.

Right, she’ll make the choice. Or even, like, my language. I don’t know how to not talk the way I talk. I would rather have everything I do be 100 percent honest. I just want to be who I am.

Every generation has its moral panic, and it happens to be you this year, and two years from now, it’ll be someone else.

Exactly. Even when I hear that — that someone, two years from now, is going to be the next kind of provocateur — like, I can’t wait to collab with whoever the hell that is, you know? I’m like, whoever that is, I’m going to ride that wave.

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  • :)

    Ouch, burn Joe. Lmao.

  • JJ456

    She is a moron. How does saying two “little girls” pressured him makes him look like a “badass”? And her answer is what a bully say after bulling someone. We all know her & Demi were far from innocent “little girls”. Joe never said they “pressured” him, it was the media’s spin to make him look bad. He said they told him to try it and he did, he never said it was NOT his choice to do it. Miley needs to learn how to read.

    • taty

      no you need to learn how to read and the moron is joe blaming two girl of him doing weed instead of been a real role model and saying stop doing drugs is not good, but instead he join in, is true what miley says he wanted to try it, when you don’t want to try drugs nobody is going to convinced you, he looked stupid saying that miley and demi made him use drugs.

      • pily

        He doesnt blame anyone, what he saidis that he smoke weed with them and that he accept

    • BrokenArrow18

      Basically Joe tried to blame it to them by saying they keep him telling to try it so he tried it.

  • Zaina777

    I agree. Miley and Demi were far younger than him. It was his choice to do it with them. He was pretty much the adult and they were the kids. He should have been the one saying guys no don’t do it if anything. He should have also had friends his age. Had this of been Nick it would have made a lot more sense. It was Joe though. He was playing the victim there though. If Joe Jonas wanted to do weed he wouldn’t let anybody stop him and he didn’t. Miley and Demi shouldn’t be impressionable on a young man who was at the point in his life almost an adult especially at their respective ages. He wanted to do it as much as they did. Nobody pressured anybody or forced anybody to do anything.

    • creature

      Didn’t Demi tweet in the first place that it wasn’t true, though? lol This is the first time in a long time that I like what Miley is saying.

      • Zaina777

        I think she mentioned it in an interview

      • bridget

        No, she never said it wasn’t true. In an interview she said she didn’t remember it before Joe mentioned it in the article, but I think that she was alluding to the fact that she did so many drugs that she can’t remember half that shit. I say that because she said in the same interview that she blacked a good amount of things from back then, so I don’t think she was trying to say it never happened. She was trying to say she did too many drugs in her teen years..

    • soft ghetto

      but Joe never said “demi and miley forced me.” yeah, I believe that there was some pressure (I think people are forgetting how sheltered he was up to that point) but nothing like them standing over and him screaming at him to try it. obviously joe doesn’t need demi and miley around to force the blunt to his mouth since he implied that he used to smoke a lot, so I doubt he was traumatized like the media is portraying. Joe’s weed story was too vague imo to even be jumping to conclusions about this, he was so honest about everything else, if he really meant that they were forcing him wouldn’t of he gone into more detail?

      • bridget

        How can you call a story vague when it includes names AND quotes. He set a very vivid picture of these two girls, who he decided to name, telling him that he should try drugs, and then followed up by saying that he did it after they told him to do it. If someone tells you that people were telling them to “try it! try it!” how can you honestly think they are not trying to insinuate that they were pressured? He even used exclamation points in their quotes. Come on.

        • soft ghetto

          just because he included their names and quoted “try it! try it!” doesn’t make it detailed tbh. he never explained how he felt towards the situation, if the girls were being aggressive, or if he really did feel forced. If that was the case, Joe would’ve gone into more detail just like everything else in the article. Shit, if he was willing to talk about fucking a disney girl in the backseat of her car and basically saying that Jemi was set up by management for PR, then I’m damn sure he’d be willing to drag miley & demi if they really truly were demon little girls who pressured him and bullied him.

    • k

      lol at your “were far younger than him”.. All of them were teenagers. Joe is only 3 years older than Demi and Miley.

      • Zaina777

        Yes, however Joe was becoming an adult in the next year. Where as Miley and Demi were just getting comfortable with being adolescents. That seems like ahuge age difference in my opinion.

  • Anon

    There’s some sexual tension between Joe and Miley ever since he watched her twerk in NYC with his friends.

  • jillianrose

    Not sure why Miley went this route with her answer. Joe didn’t state that he was pressured into a life of drugs because of them, just stated that it was his first exposure to weed. The rest of the article was really more interesting by giving a glimpse into Joe’s experience with Disney. There was no “poor me” vibe that I could see.

    • taty

      he try to play the victim cant you read, and he name who he did it with name dropping because miley and demi are more famous and if miley and demi were there am sure so was selena and nick, he just didn’t meantion them one because selena is with dissney still and nick like to keep it private, but am pretty sure they all did it! I think it was wrong for joe to mention demi and miley, they both seem annoyed he did that! he try to make them seem like the bad guy too and him the victim which it made him look stupid because he was the oldest and should had told the to stop. what miley say it true whoever want to try will do it and whoever don’t want to try it will say no she correct. I had friends try to get me to smoke and said to try it once and I said no, they didn’t get mad they just smoked it themselves. but joe should had said I try drugs at 17 with a few friends because I was curious and not name anyone.

      • fucking asshat

        you just fucking annoyed me learn how to talk or to even fucking spell then give your opinion. dumb fuckers everywhere

  • soft ghetto

    who tf cares? peer pressure, weed, ect. is a part of growing up, miley and demi aren’t the first or last to do it. I didn’t see the big deal tbh.

  • LikeICare

    The Vogue part lmao

  • cerenagee

    Hahahaha miley basically just called Joe a little bitch. Burn.

    • :)

      MTE. Karma is a bitch, right Joe!!!! I’m loving this so much!

  • cerenagee

    Her eyes look fuckig amazing in this BTW. But if it weren’t for her eyes or her red lips she would look like a guy. This picture is very masculine.

  • Anon
  • getlikemiley

    really love this article and how she explains herself saying she knows that she won’t always be the most talked about person and someone else will take her spot.

  • Anon

    Lol @ this dumb bitch I think crack had finally did its toll on her like who would like like a “badass” saying that two girl told him to smoke weed?! It’s either she didn’t read the damn article and she just read what the media said and just went along with it which is ironic cuz she’s always saying shit about the media that twists stories or she’s really that DUMB to say something like that or also could be another possibility and like I said the crack had its toll on her.. Sad she was a beautiful girl oh well

  • Nada

    Umm… But he didn’t say he was pressured?! Lol like wtf does she know how to read?! Doubt it drugs did something to her head

  • Lana

    I snorted! Look who the fuck is talking the also glamorizing drugs?! Honey you lot up a joint in front of million people watching you I can’t with the hypocrisy of those people.. Also I’ve read Jonas’s article way better than this shit the kid had honesty in him and if I remember correctly he didn’t say anything about anyone’s pressuring him.

  • Jen

    I just don’t get it. I’m surprised by her answer actually like.. I thought you didn’t give a fuck about people what’s the big deal we all already knew you were a crack head not just you also Demi she admitted thr and actually still does crack but she’s playing the victim now which is dumb sooner or later her real face will show at least Miley had the audacity to do in public but the other one is just plain FAKE

  • BangBang

    But Miley does glamourise drugs…

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  • Cici

    I didn’t get the feel that Joe was saying he was pressured…but whatever. I think he was just making it clear that we do not know what goes on with Disney kids…but anywho, Miley, you do glamorize drugs. whether you like it or not, teenagers still look up to you & love you.. bahahah I just don’t think she realizes what she is talking about sometimes..& Was she implying that Ariana wants to be more risque, but can’t? I caught on to her big ego when she said “this will be the greatest thing to happen to you when you are associated with me” …k.

    • getlikemiley

      She means since they are two different people that fans will go crazy because of miley’s reputation and ariannas good girl rep. I don’t think she meant in the fact that she’s the best thing in the world to be seen with, because she explains that people don’t want to associate with her because of how’d they’d be seen. yanno

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  • Anon

    Why is his weed comment getting so much press lol the whole virginity thing was more interesting.

  • :)

    Damn she looks good in that picture. Mesmerizing eyes.

  • pily

    He never said they presured him!! He said that the first time he smoke weed was with them, the media is the one who change the story

  • pily

    You can actually see that she didn’t read the whole article

  • Heather

    Wow this girl must be completely demented. Or is she just never aware of the words that come out of her mouth?SUCH hypocrisy this girl. She’s constantly glamorizing drug-taking, I really don’t understand why she would say that she’s not? She’s blatantly lying!

  • anon

    really interesting and well conducted interview, it’s like seeing a more honest side of miley