One of Miley Cyrus' backup dancers has said she felt degraded after the singer's controversial performance at the MTV VMAs.
Dancer Hollis Jane was in costume as a bear, acting as a backup dancer for Miley Cyrus.
Ms Jane said that she was only asked to perform because she's a little person, and she was so upset after the performance that she even turned down a lucrative offer to tour with the singer.
"I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt like I could ever do," she wrote on her personal blog.
"I realize not everyone shares my opinion and I might just be young and naive, but I feel like the acceptance of this kind of treatment has got to stop."
"For decades, little people have not been taken seriously and we still continue to not be.
"I had never been in a performance where I was purely meant to be gawked or laughed at. I will never forget that performance because it is what forced me to draw my personal line in the sand."
Ms Jane said that she was "stared and laughed at for all the wrong reasons" in the dress rehearsal before the now infamous performance, where Miley twerked in a skimpy nude latex outfit singing Blurred Lines and We Can't Stop.
"After our first dress rehearsal in the costumes with the crew, publicists, performers etc watching us, I walked out of the Barclay Center shaking and crying," she added.
"I was being stared and laughed at for all of the wrong reasons. I was being looked at as a prop…as something less than human."
After the VMA performance, she turned down a chance to tour with Miley.
"In this whole process, I was never quite told what I would be dancing to or as with Miley. I
" began to get a horrible gut feeling. All of the VMA feelings came rushing back," she said.
"[I wondered] if it was worth that one day, when my future (possibly little person) child YouTubed Miley Cyrus and found me dancing onstage in a costume like that and said something like,
"'But Mom, you don't let me do things like that,' and I had to explain that Momma did it to pay the bills. I wondered if it was worth feeling less than human again."
"And frankly, it wasn't," she finished.