Miley Cyrus has been getting on everybody???s nerves for a while now. Every evidence of her produced by Daily Mail online consists of her wearing stupid, skimpy clothing, sticking her tongue out obnoxiously, posing for photos mid-raunchy dance move, and saying things that prove she is borderline soulless. (???Life is all about having a good time.???)
If there were any question that Miley has retained an ounce of her wholesome, Southern Baptist, Tennessee upbringing, her performance last night at the MTV Video Music Awards removed all doubt. For those who missed the perverse performance of her latest hit, ???We Can???t Stop,??? it consisted of (briefly): ???[Miley] stripping down [and proceeding] to shake her pert derrière in [Robin Thicke???s] face and drape herself all over him during the family friendly show.???
The Mail described Miley???s ???signature move??? as ???sticking out her tongue as she writhed and gyrated.??? Oh yeah, she was also wearing (only) a ???flesh-toned latex bra??? as she ???used a foam hand as a sexual prop.??? The spectacle Miley made of herself has been described gently as ???lewd,??? ???jaw-dropping,??? ???provocative??? ???raunchy??? ???shocking,??? and ???too much.??? ???Haven’t been in a strip club in a while, but good to see nothing has changed,??? tweeted Bill Maher. It???s really as bad as it sounds.
Miley wasn???t always so diabolical. In 2008, provocative images of Miley were leaked on the internet, and she referred to them as ???silly, inappropriate shots.??? At the time, she said, ???I never intended for any of this to happen and I am truly sorry if I have disappointed anyone.??? Her exposé of last night, however, leaves her with little choice as to where her career is headed. (I don???t think it???s back to a stint as Hannah Montana.)
A bright spot is that the buzz generated from Miley???s ribald exhibition has been negative, for the most part. A solution to both the degeneration of American culture and also the immigration problem: use the democratic system to deport Americans who embarrass us the most (Miley, Weiner, Filner, the Kardashian family tree). There???d be room for more people who want to come to the U.S.A. and do more than party in it.
Teresa Mull is the managing editor of Human Events.