Miley Cyrus Revealed The Truth Behind Her 2009 "Stripper Pole" Teen Choice Awards Performance

The year was 2009.

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People were entranced by Kate Gosselin's reverse-mullet spiky bob.

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Bumpits were an actual thing people wore.

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And Courteney Cox just *really* had to show Shrek something on her Blackberry.

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This was also the year the world was enraged at Miley Cyrus for "pole dancing" during the Teen Choice Awards.

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In case you haven't been following, Miley Cyrus has been dissecting her past in a TikTok series.

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Her latest video is about this infamous Teen Choice Awards performance:

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That performance of "Party In The U.S.A." caused quite a stir, not because of that cheap, late '00s fedora, but because people thought she was dancing on a stripper pole.

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Miley told the real story behind what actually went on with *that* pole in this TikTok:


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"So, I had cut 'Party In The USA,' and I was doing my first performance for the Teen Choice Awards," she explained. "My mom was like, 'I think it would be really cool if she was in the trailer park because that's where we're really from.'"

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"So, apparently, me dancing on an ice cream cart with a stripper pole, but it wasn't a stripper pole, it was actually for stability," she said. "I had a heal on! Guys, what did you want from me?"


"Was I really gonna do my performance without dancing on top of an ice cream cart?" she asked.

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Miley ultimately only had two criticisms of the performance: "My pitch was a little off, and my hat needed to go."

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Which, like, hard agree. The hat is the only thing that needed to go!

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