Lady Gaga opened MTV's Video Music Awards last month with a whirlwind performance of her first ARTPOP single "Applause," but another pop star didn't get too many ovations for her own turn on the VMAs stage. In the wake of the awards, critics and viewers have piled on the negative (and baffled) reviews for Miley Cyrus' controversial rendition of her own "We Can't Stop" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which involved a lot of booty shaking. But Gaga, for one, has had enough of the hate.
"I just think everybody needs to lighten up and leave her alone," she told Andy Cohen on last night's Watch What Happens Live.
"It's pop music. Everybody's entitled to their own artistic expression, and if you have a problem with it, just change the channel. I don't understand the incessant need to constantly go on and on about hating things all the time."
Gaga added that Cyrus is a young performer who is trying to carve out her own artistic space. "She's growing up in front of the entire world, and maybe she's not so happy with the things she did in her career when she was younger and she wants to be free, so let her do what she wants," she adds.
Later, when the subject of twerking came up, Gaga threw the gauntlet, telling Cohen, "I think people need to stop putting the letter 't' in front of the word 'work'."
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