Anyone getting a little tired of the chatter surrounding Miley Cyrus and her Video Music Awards performance should turn their Beats By Dre Pill on super loud, because according to the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” it won’t be quieting down anytime soon. The opening sketch of Saturday’s episode came to viewers straight from the year 2045, when Kenan Thompson is huddled around a fire eating canned beans as he remembers the fateful day of August 25, 2013 — the day that he says “all the troubles began.”
And despite the fact that the “old Miley” (Vanessa Bayer) and Will Smith (Jay Pharoah) show up backstage to talk her out of what will be a “too controversial” performance, the “Wrecking Ball” singer sticks to her no-apologies stance, and used her hosting and performance gig to prove that “trouble” is exactly what keeps things interesting. She had no problems making fun of herself, but she made things two things very clear during her opening speech: She wouldn’t do Hannah Montana (“she was murdered”) and “I don’t apologize to anyone for my VMA performance.”
Just Being Miley
She also vowed there would be “no twerking” — “I used to think twerking was cool, but now that white people are doing, it seems sort of lame,” she joked — but that’s precisely what she did when she stopped by “Girlfriends Talk Show” as Lil Teenie, a brazen rapper with an affinity for “nasty” beats who keeps yelling, “Dueces be acein’.” And never one to be bashful about her body, Miley later showed up onstage in just a bra in the closing sketch, which finds castmember Kyle Mooney debating whether or not to sleep with Cyrus, before his older brother takes the opportunity for himself.
‘We Did Stop
Perhaps the highlight of the show was “We Did Stop (The Government),” which took Miley’s raucous ode to partying, took it on its inebriated head and made it all political — making for a version more conservative only by political affiliation. It brought a whole new meaning to “This is our house, this is our rules” by refocusing it on this weeks’ government shutdown, with Taran Killam donned Miley’s snow-white leotard as House Speaker John Boehner, while Miley wore a brown-bob wig to become Republican representative Michele Bachmann. It was every bit as raunchy as the original — this time, Killam and Cyrus danced all over Uncle Sam — but instead of singing about losing your inhibitions, they sang, “If you’re not ready for health care, can I get a ‘hell no’” and “Bill’s in the house like we don’t care.”
Miley For President?
Miley later showed up as another female politician during Killam’s signature Piers Morgan parody sketch. He asked a particularly nasally Ariana Huffington whether this week’s cancellations mean there may never be a successful Hillary Clinton miniseries, but it turns out, several other networks have their own ideas. MTV apparently had the only idea the Clintons approved of: Miley starred as the former First Lady herself, while Kenan Thompson played MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway — whose signature hat was looking particularly tall. Miley makes her bid for president as bass thumps in the background, topping it all off by opening her blazer in a bid for the presidency: “2016, y’all.”
And while Miley has become synonymous with her rather, ahem, bold performances, when she took the stage at Studio 8H to perform her GOP-free version of “We Can’t Stop” and the always emotional “Wrecking Ball,” she left her foam finger at home and her tongue in her mouth for two sincere and straightforward performances. Even her outfits were more demure — a mesh jumpsuit for her acoustic take on “We Can’t Stop” and an oversized jersey for “Wrecking Ball.”
Need more Miley? Tune into MTV tonight at 8 p.m. ET. For an extended, 90-minute version of her MTV documentary “Miley: The Movement.”