Paula Patton wasn't among those offended by Miley Cyrus twerking on Robin Thicke the MTV Video Music Awards in late August. During a Sept. 17 appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, the Baggage Claim star broke her silence on the matter, saying she "wasn't surprised" by their racy "Blurred Lines" duet.
"Honestly, they rehearsed for three days beforehand, and I don't know how not to dance with someone having their booty in your…all my friends do it like that" the actress explained. "And, I don't really know what the big deal is."
Patton, 37, was surprised that the performance caused such a hubbub. "I didn't know if they thought Miley was going to sit down and play piano like Alicia Keys. Her song's about taking Molly!" she said, referring to "We Can't Stop," Cyrus' multiplatinum hit. "I don't understand. I didn't get the big deal."
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While the performance continues to both confuse and amuse, Cyrus and Thicke are proud of their MTV moment. "We knew what we were getting ourselves into," Thicke recently told Star magazine. "We're entertainers, and the VMAs [are] the perfect place for a little shock and awe. We kind of knew when we were in rehearsal and we were like, ‘Okay, if you touch me with your foam finger all over my crotch, obviously a few people are going to have something to say about this'. But that was the whole point!"
In an MTV special taped three days after the awards show took place, Cyrus defended their controversial collaboration. "Me and Robin, the whole time said, 'You know we're about to make history right now,'" she recalled. Addressing her critics directly, she added, "They're over thinking it. You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn't even think about it 'cause that's just me."