McCartney Defends Miley: 'We've Seen Worse Than That!'

Still find Miley Cyrus' twerking schtick utterly appalling? Paul McCartney questions your reasoning.

In an interview with Sky News, the former Beatle defended the popstar's recent tongue-waggling, half-naked ways, particularly her performance at the MTV VMAs in August.

"I think it was only mildly shocking," Sir Paul said when asked about Cyrus' provocative performance. "So what? Come on, we've seen worse than that!"

McCartney admitted that he watched the performance "as an experiment," but didn't see anything that, say, his 10-year-old daughter, Beatrice, couldn't watch.

"You look at it and you say, 'What's everyone shouting about?'" he admitted.

The rocker did have some ominous words for British boyband One Direction, however -- especially upon claims that the boys from England are the newest incarnation of the Beatles. "I always think it's unfortunate for a band to be called the new Beatles because it can be the kiss of death," he said. "People expect you to live up to what we did, and we did what we did in a particular period in time, which is very different from now."

McCartney was doing promotional work for "New," his 16th solo record, due out tomorrow (Oct. 15) in the U.S. Meanwhile, Miley's "Bangerz" is prepped for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week.