Miley Cyrus's new documentary, "Miley: The Movement," exposed the world to a whole new side of the pop star during the lead-up to her play for pop culture world domination this fall. In the doc, which premiered Wednesday night on MTV, Miley gave fans a peek behind the scenes of her publicity machine.
So, who better to get their take on the doc than one of Miley's own sisters? "Omg! Insider" sat down with the star's half-sister, Brandi Cyrus, in Nashville, Tennessee, to watch the doc and get her take on her sister's antics.
"[I] hope people can look at [the MTV Video Music Awards performance] and look past the crazy wardrobe and the silly hot dog guns and the teddy bear and latex … It's cool to see how strategic all of it is and how much she's involved," Brandi told "omg! Insider." "I think she did exactly what she set out to do."
"The VMAs have always been a moment where each celebrity tries to outdo the other in making the biggest moment," she continued. "Britney clearly did that with Madonna when I was a teenager and it was such an iconic moment and that's exactly what Miley did. And afterwards, yeah, she got a lot of negativity and everything, but even that negativity made her succeed. She was the most talked-about thing for the entire night. There was a reason she made it so outrageous. She wanted it to be the most talked about thing, and it was."
According to Brandi, the strategy discussed in the documentary is very real. "A lot of artists let their manager and their team do most of the work … but Miley wants to be involved in those decisions," she said. "She does like to take risks and she does like to push the envelope but … I think to see her speaking clearly, [you can tell] she's not high, she's not doing drugs, she's not acting crazy. I think [people should] see her as not only an artist but as a business woman, because that's what she is. She's building a business."
As for what keeps Miley grounded while standing so strongly in the spotlight? Brandi says it can all be attributed to their strong family bond.
"I think she handles things a lot better than a lot of other people in her position and I think a big reason she does handle it so well is because she does have the support of the family," Brandi noted. "It's sad because I feel like a lot of artists — especially younger artists — are thrown out on to the road and stuff without any parents, without any family; they just send them off with managers and stuff, you know? But my mom is Miley's manager and my mom is with her every step of the way. I think that's so important and I think that's one of the reasons Miley does handle it so well. She knows all she has to do is pick up the phone and call one of us and we're right there."
Noteworthy, however, is the fact that Miley and Brandi's father, Billy Ray Cyrus, does not appear at all in the doc.
Brandi also described the meaning behind the name of the new doc. "She wanted to call it 'The Movement' because she feels like it's not just a transition, it's a movement. Because it's not just she's just changing … it's like she's changing the music industry with her new look. And she likes the word 'movement' because it's like a bigger thing. You know, you say 'transition'; it's something else that everyone goes through … everyone goes through a transition of growing up. But for her, this is a movement of changing pop music."
On Thursday, MTV announced that they were preparing a new 90-minute Deluxe Edition of "Miley: The Movement" with all new and extended scenes, to air this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.