has come out to defend a from this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
In a radio interview with Fresh 102.7 on Tuesday, the "Take Back the Night" singer said he doesn't understand all the controversy behind Miley Cyrus' provocative set at Sunday's ceremony.
Donning a flesh-colored bikini, the 20-year-old former Disney star was seen by millions of viewers sticking her tongue out repeatedly, seductively twerking and suggestively groping fellow performer Robin Thicke during renditions of "We Can't Stop" and Thicke's ubiquitous hit, "Blurred Lines."
The blogosphere quickly erupted with condemnations pointed at Cyrus, and someeven publicly criticized the performance as inappropriate. But Timberlake doesn't see it that way.
"It's the VMAs, what did you guys expect?" Timberlake said during the radio interview.
"I like Miley. I like her a lot. I think, you know, she's young. She's letting everyone know that she's growing up," he continued. "I just think it's the VMAs. It's not like she did it at the Grammys."
He also pointed out that there have been many risque performances at the VMAs in year's past, including the famous Madonna/Britney Spears kiss in 2003.
In contrast to Cyrus, Timberlake has been receiving strong praise for his VMAs number. The 32-year-old performer, who won video of the year for "Mirrors" and the Michael Jackson vanguard lifetime achievement honor, sang a medley of his top hits and briefly reunited with hisbandmates at the awards ceremony.
But Cyrus' routine continues to be the most-talked-about performance of the night.
Earlier this week, the, accusing the cable network of marketing sexual messages to young children.
Cyrus' father, step down from that position after the organization publicly condemned his daughter., serves as a PTC advisory board member and there has been speculation that he may now
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