Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley’s Side of the Story

So let me get this straight. Miley Cyrus grew up around Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, and this is the outcome? Only a loving, supportive father — in this case Billy Ray Cyrus — would see things that way. He was on Arsenio last week and acted like any other proud dad, telling host Arsenio Hall, “If they ain’t talking about you, you probably ain’t doing nothing.”

He’s got a point, I suppose. Even if what they are saying about you isn’t all that nice.

The bigger picture, though, is that after Miley’s one-hour documentary Miley: The Movement premiered on MTV, her dad was just happy that people could hear directly from his daughter about how she got to this point in her career.

“I was so glad to let the world hear Miley’s side of the story. Miley is very smart. She’s thought this thing out in advance of where she was going and, again, going back to her heart and her roots of the music and doing it because that’s who she is,” he told Hall. “She grew up around the greats. Waylon Jennings, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash.”

I mean, I love Billy Ray Cyrus, but come on. That’s a stretch. How do you get from a country legend like Waylon Jennings to twerking and tongue wagging and naked wrecking balls rides and sledgehammer licking?

“I think … that show expressed where she’s going in a direction [of] reinventing herself. It just evolved naturally,” Cyrus explained. “She, too, is a singer-songwriter that has a great way of expressing herself through the music.”

Miley: The Movement will continue to air on MTV and MTV.com.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.