Believe hitmaker Cher believes the recent uproar about Miley Cyrus' controversial antics is unnecessary.

The 67-year-old singer admitted that she doesn't think Miley's behaviour is as ''dire'' as critics have made out.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, Cher said: ''You're talking to someone who's done that kind of stuff and I never did anything I didn't want to. I was pushing an envelope that I wanted to push. I felt that looking the way I wanted to look made me more empowered.

''Sinead O'Connor has a very different sense of herself than Miley Cyrus, so I don't think it's as dire as people are warning. Women have always been sex objects and that's nothing new. They always will be.''

Cher also defended Miley's controversial Wrecking Ball video, saying: ''I don't think the naked part is the problem. Unfortunately, what happens now is that kids are exposed to everything that's too old for them. You know, since the internet, since horrible PlayStation ... That car hijack [game Grand Theft Auto]. I think maybe that is worse than seeing Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball.

''Also, she's trying to break the Disney stuff. When you make such an image, you have to hit it with a hammer ... or a sledgehammer!''