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30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto told Billboard.com on Wednesday (August 28th) that he doesn't understand the fuss over Miley Cyrus' controversial performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday night (August 25th), during which she was grinding her rear end against Robin Thicke while wearing next to nothing. Leto, who was at the show, said, "It's the MTV Awards. It's not the Kennedy Center Honors. It's supposed to be out there and wild and titillating."
The actor-turned-singer added, "I do think it's interesting how shocked people get. 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."
Cyrus' performance was a publicity bonanza for both her and MTV. It touched off a storm of criticism and extensive coverage, a lot of it from mainstream news outlets that frankly have much more important things to report on.
Leto's own band walked away from the event with the Moonman for Best Rock Video on behalf of its eight-and-a-half minute clip for "Up In The Air."
The video and track are from 30 Seconds To Mars' fourth studio effort, Love Lust Faith + Dreams, which came out earlier this year.
30 Seconds To Mars will launch its first U.S. tour in support of Love Lust Faith + Dreams on September 27th in Atlanta, with the tour winding down on October 12th in the group's hometown of Los Angeles.
Leto will also appear this November in the new movie Dallas Buyers Club, playing a cross-dressing prostitute opposite Matthew McConaughey. Leto's performance is already being touted as possible Best Supporting Actor material.