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Remember Miley Cyrus‘ butt at the 2013 MTV VMAs? She does.

The former Hannah Montana went viral after twerking on Robin Thicke in an outfit that showed off her assets in a way the world hadn’t seen them before. Some nude-toned briefs and unflattering angles inspired people to compare Miley’s booty to a plucked ‘turkey butt.’ Oof.

Here’s what the singer has to say about that:

She Werked It on IG

In Miley’s IG Stories today she posted this shot of herself giving a cheeky wiggle to the camera, overlaid with stickers related to turkey and “chicken butt.” It also featured the text “Y’all scarred me w that turkey butt s**t.”

Her latest main feed post shows the artist slinking around in that same black outfit (evidently to call attention to her upcoming Summerfest appearance):

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‘It Was Just Really Really Hurtful’

Miley’s message about the “turkey butt” meme tracks with remarks she’s made before. For an in-depth look at how “scarred” she is after the meme incident, look to this conversation she had with Demi Lovato in March 2020:

“I had on my cute little nude bodysuit, and everyone started comparing me to a turkey and putting a turkey in my outfit cause I was like so skinny and so pasty,” Miley explains to Demi about half way through the Instagram Live posted below. “I was feeling so bad about myself that I didn’t wear a bikini for like two years.”

She went on to explain how serious a meme’s impact can be.

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“Memes can be so much fun but they can also just be so hurtful, cause a meme can be funny but when it’s about you it is just so not funny,” she told Demi. “I was probably 21 and I was just kind of starting to understand myself as an independent person and it was just really really hurtful just to be so body shamed like that.”

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It Changed Her Life’s ‘Purpose’

If Miley’s recent posts and projects seem more social justice-y than before, that’s no coincidence. The whole ‘turkey butt’ thing might be responsible for the Miley we know now.

She first told Demi that the self confidence issues she developed after that incident really affected her sense of identity.

“I felt like having this persona of being the most confident girl on the planet was actually kind of fraud because I was so insecure on the inside…when I was wearing like my little leotards and things, I had on like f*****g four pairs of tights because I was so insecure.”

Thankfully she turned it all into motivation.

“That was such a wake up call to me on wanting to use my platform for a bigger purpose, that’s when I started Happy Hippie,” Miley continued in that IG Live. “I just needed something bigger than this industry because it just made me feel so bad about myself.”

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