For a 22-year-old performer who has centered much of her post-"Hannah Montana" career around smoking weed and wearing nipple pasties, Miley Cyrus has undoubtedly made a sizable mark on the entertainment industry. There will always be wild children, fresh out of the chastity-preaching machine that is The Walt Disney Company, but Cyrus has been able to peddle her own agenda quite commendably. If there's a topical, potentially inflammatory discussion happening in our society, you know she's right there in the front line. (Just look at all of the good she's done for the LGBTQ community.)
On Wednesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Cyrus stopped by to promote her latest gig as the host of the 2015 VMAs, airing this Sunday on MTV. For the occasion, Cyrus was nearly naked, wearing only sequined, heart-shaped pasties and a scrunchy embellished with knick-knacks you might find in craft store. It was glorious. If Cyrus was trying to win our attention, it worked — but the nudity wasn't the most interesting element of her late-night appearance.
Kimmel, understandably, was quick to bring up her affinity for nakedness. How does her father handle her being so exposed? Her answer prompted massive applause from the audience: "He would rather me have my tits out and be a good person than have a shirt on and be a bitch."
Later in the interview, the pair discussed the "Free the Nipple" movement, of which Cyrus might be its most devoted activist. "Humans aren't afraid of the human breast," she said. "It's the nipple that's the issue." She lifted up her bedazzled cape, displayed her chest and continued: "I'm showing my boobs and no one had a problem, but the nipples are covered so somehow that's okay. America is actually fine with tits. It's nipples they don't like."
You can watch the full interview above, where Cyrus also expresses her desire to live on a nudist colony and recounts a cute story about how her boobs once made Paul McCartney quite uncomfortable.