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Miley’s dancer: I felt ‘degraded’ during VMAs

  • Hollis Jane was one of the bears dancing on stage during Miley Cyrus’ MTV VMAs performance
  • Jane says, as a member of the little person community, she felt the performance was ‘degrading’
  • Jane: ‘I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons’

Miley Cyrus' VMA spectacle: Too far?

Miley Cyrus' VMA spectacle: Too far?
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The list of beefs critics have with Miley Cyrus’ controversial 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance is long, including everything from her barely-there stage outfit to her suggestive dance moves. Now, one more person is taking aim at the pop star, and she says the offense she's taken to the on-stage scandal is personal.

Hollis Jane thought she was getting a great gig when she signed on to be one of Cyrus’ backup dancers at the VMAs, but Jane now says the performance was “degrading.”

Jane is a little person and states in her personal blog that booking acting jobs is especially hard for her -- that's why she eagerly took the job as one of Miley’s backup dancers. What she didn’t know was that she would be dressed as a bear, an aspect of the performance that Jane describes as “one of the most degrading things.”

“After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclays Center shaking and crying,” Jane wrote in her blog. “I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a prop… as something less than human.”

Jane says that after the VMA performance, she was asked to join Cyrus on tour. While Jane admits she could use the money, she says her experience at the VMAs left her scarred, and she declined.

"I realize not everyone shares my opinion and I might just be young and naive, but I feel like the acceptance of this kind of treatment has got to stop," she writes. “We can all agree that right now all Miley Cyrus wants to do is make society’s jaw drop. So what’s more ‘weird’ or ‘freaky’ than having little people parading around in your show?”

“If the little person community continues to do performances like this, it is my belief that we will continue to only receive maybe 2% of the auditions and opportunities of our average-sized friends. Society will think we’re OK with being laughed at because we still continue to do things that allow them to laugh at us or look at us as props.”

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