Controversial pop-music lightning rod Miley Cyrus told US Weekly that she embraces the “crazy” label she has been brandished with over the last few years.  The pop singer poked fun at her on-stage persona and her recent fame at being a controversial sex symbol.

Cyrus, now 21, appeared on Sunrise TV in Australia and discussed her recent social status with the masses:

“If I wasn’t here, I’d like to be doing some sort of stand-up comedy,” Cyrus told the Australian morning show.  She responded to the request for a good stand-up joke, Cyrus replied kiddingly with “I a the joke.  Look at me, I’m a Walking Joke.”

She continued:  “It doesn’t really bother me when people tell me I’m crazy, because I am.  I grew up around people like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, and those people are not normal.”

Miley Cyrus claimed that it was more important to her that people think she is kind, not that she is a normal person.  “Anytime someone thinks I am crazy,” she claimed, “it’s like, I’d rather be crazy than not a nice person.

“It’s just always been [about] the way you treat people…There’s many girls that I know that are in this industry that come out and sit like this and they’ll be all polite, but in person they’re not so polite, and they’re not so kind.  And I’ve heard that my reputation is a good one. I say hello to everybody and I treat everybody the same.”

Miley Cyrus, daughter of former country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, rose to fame as a sweet Disney Channel star on the Hanna Montana series.  From there, she became a teen pop star, but has recently turned into a more provocative sexpot superstar with controversial videos and performances on stage in an attempt to shed the little girl image she groomed as a youth.

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