30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto hadn’t read all the uproar surrounding Miley Cyrus’ twerk-tastic performance at the VMAs when his band swung by the Billboard studios on Monday, but having seen the performance in-person the night before he didn’t understand the fuss either.
“I do think it’s interesting how shocked people get,” he said. “If they could only see the rave their kids are going to and what their kids are wearing at the rave. Or just watch the video games they’re playing. Those are probably the more shocking things in life right now.”
During the VMA pre-show, the band won and accepted the award for Best Rock Video, on behalf of its epic eight-and-a-half-minute clip for “Up In The Air,” featuring appearances from Dita Von Teese, the 2012 U.S. women’s gymnastics team among others. Leto also introduced friend Kanye West during the main show to kick off the latter’s performance of “Blood On The Leaves,” making him the oldest person (he’s 41) to grace the VMA stage this year and a symbol of the previous MTV generation.
“When we were younger it was Madonna rolling around in a dress,” he said, continuing on his Miley rant. “Now that seems tame compared to what’s going on, right?”