Miley Cyrus has been knocked by just about everyone since her MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) appearance this past Sunday — everyone, that is, except people like Justin Timberlake and her manager, who says he was “pleased” by how well she did, even with her Robin Thicke collaboration on his hit song, “Blurred Lines.”
Miley’s been called a slut, a whore, and other choice names. She’s been accused of being on drugs, and even the drug “molly,” which might be, in part, because it sounds so alliterative when used in the same sentence with “Miley.”
She’s been told to keep her tongue in her mouth, and to stick to singing her own songs. Miley has also been accused of masturbating on stage, though, if anything, in my opinion, it was simulated masturbation, or even put more mildly, a case of excessive twerking.
However, what she did onstage at the VMAs isn’t all that much different from how she acted in her video, “We Can’t Stop,” though carried to the next level, and with the addition of Robin Thicke, who is no stranger to controversy, himself.
Her performance made her one of the most Googled people ever since, and it seems like around campuses and water-coolers across the country people are talking about their opinions of what she did at the VMAs.
Twerking has become a subject of conversation in almost every household, and the word’s origins have been reported on by CNN and other news sources.
Miley’s manager couldn’t be any more proud of her, as she gave her fans exactly what they wanted, at least, if statistic like having her music and VMAs performance downloaded umpteen million times counts.
Remember Madonna, rolling around onstage dressed in a wedding dress, seductively/suggestively singing “Like a Virgin”? How about Britney Spears, in almost every video she’s been in? Or, Lady Gaga dress in a meat dress, or at the last VMAs, in a bikini bottom that barely covered her…yams, as Kevin Hart called them.
They have provided some of MTV’s, and the VMA’s, most memorable moments. Is it any wonder, then, that female pop stars, knowing that sex sells, flaunt their sexuality onstage and in music videos and through what some might term morality and good common sense out of the window?
And yet, generally speaking, the result has been a dramatic increase in name recognition and sales.
According to Miley’s manager, Larry Rudolph, when he was interviewed by USWeekly, he thought Miley’s performance was fantastic:
We were all cheering from the side of the stage. It could not have gone better. The fans got it. The rest eventually will.”
Justin Timberlake came out in support of Miley, probably realizing that it was all an act, as much as his supremely awesome choreographed appearance was. It was all well-rehearsed in advance, and in my opinion, it was more than likely done drug-free, though she could have refrained from sticking out her tongue quite as much as she did.
Whether you loved or hated Miley’s performance at the VMAs, which follows below, the reactions of viewers across the USA have definitely been intense, as more people tweeted per minute about it than they did after the last Super Bowl.
Miley’s VMAs appearance did generate a lot of adverse reactions, though, along with the support which her fans, manager, and some celebrities, gave her. To her critics, she bombed and looked like a crazy slut who wagged her tongue about as if she was a cow, or a giraffe.
This October, when her new album, Bangerz, comes out at stores, we will see if all of the publicity she’s received will help or her it’s sales.
I think it will sell like the proverbial hotcakes, at least among her fans. She might not make any new fans acting as she did, grinding her buttocks against Robin Thicke’s junk as the performed a duet of “Blurred Lines, but I doubt if her performance will hurt the sales figures of Bangerz one little bit, and it might help the album sell even more than it would have under other circumstances.
What do you think? Please leave your opinions/comments below, and enjoy/hate the video below from the MTV VMAs!
Written by: Douglas Cobb